10 Driving Tips Before you start your Norwegian Road Trip

Drving is the best way to explore remote locations of Norway.

It is a good idea to rent a car in Norway if you want to explore the country beyond its limited public transportation options, however the country has some unique driving rules that you must be aware of before you start your trip.

  1. Norway has some of the lowest speed limits in Europe ranging between 50 to 80 kmph. Some major highways may have limits of 100+ kmph.
  2. All traffic rules are strictly enforced and speeding fines are very high starting at 300 Euros and can go up to a percentage of your annual income . Always follow the speed limits to the dot.
  3. It is mandatory to keep your headlights on while driving, 24 hours, all year round. Change light to parking mode if you stop along the road.
  4. An EN standard hazard waistcoat is required in the vehicle, reachable from the driver’s seat. Most rental cars will include this but be sure to check.
  5. The “give way” rule is universal, all drivers must yield to traffic from the right hand side if signs do not indicate otherwise.
  6. There are several narrow bends on the road which are 2 way but where only one car can pass at a time, traffic downhill is expected to yield to traffic uphill in such cases.
  7. Busier roads with narrow single car  pass have traffic controllers who alternately stop traffic in each direction. This can be frustrating as it will cause delay in your travel times, but understand that this is the norm in Norway and plan ahead.
  8. You do not need an international driving permit to Drive in Norway if you have a valid American license. Check for license from other countries.
  9. Even though most people in Norway speak English,and most road signs have English translations, sometime temporary signs and diversions can only be in Norwegian, so pay attention and use google translate.
  10. Do not trust google maps blindly in your Norway road trips. While the information is mostly accurate, it sometimes misses to point out that your drives contain ferry rides in between and not all ferries run at all times. Also road closures in mountain terrain are quite common, and google might not always be updated with the latest info.
Trollstigen road with its hairpin bends.

8. You do not need an international driving permit to Drive in Norway if you have a valid American license. Check for license from other countries.

 

9. Even though most people in Norway speak English,and most road signs have English translations, sometime temporary signs and diversions can only be in Norwegian, so pay attention and use google translate.

 

 

10. Do not trust google maps blindly in your Norway road trips. While the information is mostly accurate, it sometimes misses to point our that your drives contain ferry rides in between and not all ferries run at all times. Also road closures in mountain terrain are quite common, and google might not always be updated with latest info.

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