Ever since we announced our plans to visit Norway in our motorhome, we have been swamped by people sucking in their breath through their teeth before looking pityingly at us and saying “Norway huh? That's going to be expensive…” But is that true? Is Norway expensive to visit in a motorhome?
Well, the results are in! We have now received and reviewed all the bank accounts, credit card statements and toll fees. Basically, I've spent the last two weeks in paperwork, trying to figure out how much our little expedition cost us. This has literally been me… and people wonder what I do all day! Ha!
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Is Norway Expensive- some facts before we start
- Our Motorhome is OVER 3.5tonnes. If you can avoid this, do- it makes the tolls sooooo much cheaper! Having said that, we love the space and the ability to not worry about how much we pack.
- We also have a trailer with two big motorbikes on it. As everything in Norway is based on length (no sniggering, thank you!) this again made our ferry and toll costs much more expensive.
- We deliberately stocked up and brought food with us from the UK- only buying necessities as we needed them. Having said that, we considered the trip a holiday, so if we wanted a little treat, we bought it.
- These costs only cover our time in Norway (2 weeks), not the costs to travel there and back from the UK. I've included the ferry across from Denmark and the costs of getting back into Denmark through Sweden and crossing that famous bridge.
- We drove a lot during those two weeks- more than many other people would and honestly more than we should have- we were exhausted when we got home!!
- I added up the expenses in NOK and exchanged them into GBP at today's exchange rate. I've included the NOK costs below, but obviously the exchange rate will fluctuate with time.
So- how much does it cost to tour Norway in a Motorhome?
|Ferry fee from Denmark to Norway||409.56|
|Fuel costs in Norway||307.72|
|Ferries within Norway||333.44
|Tolls (including toll to leave)||379.94|
|Campsites/ laundry/ parking||30.71|
|Fuel for motorbikes/ generator||29|
Norway Motorhome Route
This route took us 2 weeks- you can see how much we stopped going up the west side. If you want to see where we stopped in more detail, check out our MAP. It took us 2 days to drive back from near Kristiansund to the Swedish border. The route through the centre of Norway is MUCH quicker- there are no ferries… but there are more tolls, so it probably costs about the same. Guess it depends whether you want to take the scenic route or the quick route.
How much does it cost to tour Norway- Ferry costs
Here's a list of all the ferries we used and how much they cost us. Remember we are a 7.5m motorhome with a 2m trailer, and I believe the price break is 6-8m, then 8-10m.
Ferry from Luavika to Oanes 358NOK
Ferry from Puntnes (hjelmeland) – Nesvik on 13 – 430NOK
Ferry Skanevik- Utaker (48) – 438nok
Ferry Arsnes- Gjermundshamn (DONT PANIC- it goes to the island Varoldsoyna first!!) – 534NOK
Ferry Fornes -Mannheller (route 5) – 384NOK
Ferry Stranda – Liabygda – 412NOK
Ferry E39 Vestnes- Molde – 602NOK
Ferry E39 Halsa- Kanestraum – 438 NOK
TOTAL = 3596 NOK = £333.44
To get to Norway, we used Colorline and crossed from Hirsthals- Kristiansand. This cost £409.56. For more information on taking the ferry from Denmark to Norway, our post and video about it are here.
How much are the tolls in Norway for a Motorhome
Before we left for Norway, we ordered a Brobizz toll pass. We debated which one to get, but in the end, we went for a business tariff, as our vehicle was over 3.5t and we didn't want to risk getting caught saying we were less. As it happens, we were never checked at all- but we would rather play it safe and not have to worry about it. The Brobizz also works in Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, which makes our life easier for future travels and allows us to pass through toll booths without having to stop or find change. They take the payments from your card automatically and send you a bill a few weeks later.
In total, we went through 23 tolls during our trip- and over half of those were on the E6, which is the main road running North-South through central Norway. Having said that, those tolls only amounted to £84.88. The other tolls in Norway (around the western edge) came to a whopping £20.06- not bad for 12 days driving! But these are the roads with all the ferries on.
So the total for our route around Norway for tolls was £104.94
Word of warning, the Oresund Bridge and the A/S Storebaelt, which are the big bridges from Sweden to Denmark, costs us £275 one way. I've included this in the figure for the final tolls.
What are the fuel costs in Norway?
Our fuel came to £307.72 and we roughly used 277 litres. I know we filled up before we entered Norway, but I have no way of knowing how much fuel was in the tank when we left. Our mileage was (very roughly) 1,490 miles, which works out at us doing around 24.4 miles to the gallon. Honestly, on those windy roads and in that appalling weather, plus towing nearly a tonne of motorbikes and trailer, we're quite pleased with that!
Wild camping in Norway
We spent most of the two weeks wild camping in some of the most incredible places in Norway. Seriously, these places are out of this world- like this one! We only stayed in a campsite once- and it was well worth the £23 fee. We didn't use the electric, but we did pay £4 to use the laundry facilities. Just being able to wake up by the fjord and look out at that view was breathtaking- you can read more about our favourite campsite in Norway HERE
How much is food in Norway
As I mentioned above, we didn't buy much food in Norway at all over the 2 weeks. We bought the odd hot dog or bag of sweets at a fuel station and a lot of bottles of water. Our shopping bill for food, water and sweets (there were a LOT of sweets!) was £152.21. And surprisingly, we didn't eat anywhere near as many tins as I thought we would! I stocked up with over 90 tins of various meats and sauces, and we didn't even eat a third. We also drank 3 bottles of wine we had on board, so I'll be conservative and we ate about £60 worth of food we already had with us. Which gives us a bill for two weeks food of £212.21.
Our meals out involved two Norwegian pizzas and one traditional Norwegian fish and chips- and man they were so good!! We had a coffee and cake out twice, once at the top of Trollstigen Road- the crazy road up the mountainside with 11 hairpin bends!! We also treated ourselves to a Swedish Burger King on the way home- which was exactly the same as a UK Burger King, if you're interested! In total, we spent £106.10 on meals out. (WAY better than what we spent on our trip to Germany earlier in the year!!)
Other things we paid for in Norway.
- £88 on gifts and keepsakes.
- £102 on entrance to the Flamsbana railway, voted the most beautiful train journey in the world. You can see whether we thought it was worth it HERE.
- We paid £29 fuel for motorbikes and the generator.
- We spent £16.7 on LPG refillable gas.
- £3.71 on motorhome parking for the day at Alesund
Final Thoughts about touring Norway in a Motorhome
So that's it- our epic tour of Norway is finished. It's really weird when you actually get to tick something off your bucket list and we're so pleased and grateful to have been able to do that. We didn't get as long to explore the country as we would have liked, but that just gives us a reason to go back!
If we went back, we would try to travel less and explore more. I know that might sound weird, but I feel like we put ourselves under too much pressure to get all the way up to Trondheim, when actually we would have enjoyed spending more time hiking and exploring. Having said that, the weather was HORRENDOUS (aka- a perfectly normal Norwegian summer) and neither of us enjoys hiking in the rain. So we would probably have driven just as far!
In the end, the inability to get out and do all the things we'd hoped to do was a bit frustrating and we were both happy to turn around and seek some sunshine back in Denmark (not that we found any there either!!) I am still convinced that motorhome travel is by far the best way to see Norway- being able to wild camp in some of the most incredible locations is just unbeatable. We wanted to look at the stars and practice our night-time photography, but sadly there wasn't a single night without cloud cover (except for the very first night… shame we didn't know that was our only chance!!)
I am actually pleasantly surprised by how little the trip cost us- we were worried it was going to completely break the bank. Is Norway a cheap country to visit? I think that depends on what you want to do and how you are doing it! If you have to hire a motorhome, I've heard it can be very expensive. If you are road-tripping by car and need to pay for accommodation, that could be expensive too, and meals/ drinks out are quite expensive. But if you are bringing your own vehicle and are camping (either by tent or van) and are cooking most of your own food, then no- I don't think it's scarily expensive. You can definitely buy food fairly reasonably (it's probably equivalent to shopping in Marks and Spencer or Waitrose- high end food stores for my non-UK readers!) Two weeks in Norway was not much more than 2 weeks in Germany!
Have you ever been to Norway?? Would you like to?? Let me know in the comments below.
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