Is Norway expensive to road trip? Here’s everything you NEED to know

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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? Is Norway expensive? Because that's probably going to be expensive…”

But is that true? Is Norway expensive to visit in a motorhome or campervan?

How much does a Norway road trip cost?

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 buried in paperwork, trying to figure out how much our little Norway road trip itinerary cost us.

This has literally been me… and people wonder what I do all day! Ha!

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Norwegian Road Trip cost of Travel – some tips and facts

The cost of travel in Norway will obviously vary depending on HOW you travel. If you plan a Norway road trip itinerary, the obvious vehicles you'd use are either a car, motorhome, campervan or motorbike. We chose to drive our motorhome from the UK to Norway, but you can also do a campervan hire in Norway.

Here are some things you need to know about our budget and experience planning the best road trip in Norway by campervan:

  • Our Motorhome is OVER 3.5tonnes. If you can avoid this, do- it makes the tolls sooooo much cheaper! (Read more about the Pros and Cons of having a motorhome over 3.5 tonnes)
  • We also tow 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 car ferry to Norway 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-  honestly more than we should have– we were exhausted when we got home. But there are just so many beautiful places to see!! Here are 11 of the best places to see in Southern Norway! 
  • I added up the expenses in NOK (Norwegian currency) and exchanged them into GBP at today's exchange rate (Oct 2018). I've included the NOK costs below, but obviously, the exchange rate will fluctuate with time.
A stunning view of the expansive fjords filled with blue water that you'll find in Norway!
A stunning view of the expansive fjords filled with blue water that you'll find in Norway!

So- is Norway expensive? How much does it cost to tour Norway in a Motorhome? 

Norway Motorhome Route

A detailed map of all our stops along our Norwegian road trip.
A detailed map of all the stops we took during our2 week Norwegian road trip.

This Norway road trip in our motorhome 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 Norway guides.

It took us 2 days to drive back from near Kristiansund to the Swedish border (route ‘I')

The Norway road trip 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 (and expensive!) route.


Car Ferry to Norway

We chose to take the car ferry from Denmark to Norway with a company called Colorline and crossed from Hirtshals- Kristiansand. This cost us £409.56 (yep, that's one way!)

You can read more about that (and watch the video) HERE


Car Ferry from UK to Norway

THERE ARE NO CAR FERRIES CURRENTLY RUNNING FROM UK TO NORWAY. Sad, but true. You need to drive from the UK to Norway if you're taking your own vehicle, or fly and hire a vehicle in Norway for your Norway road trip.


Driving from the UK to Norway

We took our time getting up to Norway and allowed a week. During this time, we:


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 so you can answer the question, “is Norway expensive for tourists?”. 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

A view of some of the stunning fjords in Norway.
Norway by campervan- Expensive, but worth it for this view!

Norway Motorhome Tips – get a toll pass

Before we left for our Norway road trip, we ordered a Brobizz toll pass for our motorhome.

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.


Is Norway Expensive by Campervan- How much are the tolls?

In total, we went through 23 tolls during our Norway road 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 Norway road trip itinerary 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, cost us £275 one way. I've included this in the figure for the final tolls.


Campervan in Norway – What are the fuel costs?

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 figure for our Norwegian road trip!


Wild camping in Norway with a motorhome or campervan

We thought wild camping in the UK was great, but then we can to Norway. And while we were here, we spent nearly every night wild camping in some of the most incredible places in Norway. It's one of the safest countries we've ever visited- heck, we hardly had to worry about Motorhome security at all!!

Seriously, these places are out of this world- here's one of our favourites! 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

The view from our motorhome at a campsite near a Norwegian fjord.
Motorhome in Norway- the campsites might be expensive but what a view!!

If we passed a campsite, we had a quick look at the prices and found them to be similar in price to UK campsites out of season- £20-£25/ night for a motorhome or campervan. We went to Norway in July, so it was already ‘high season' and I wouldn't expect the prices to be more expensive further North- although don't quote me on that!! 

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Average cost of a trip to Norway – How much is food?

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 times as I thought we would! I packed our motorhome up with over 90 tins of various meats and sauces, and we didn't even eat a third of them.

We also drank 3 bottles of wine we had on board, so I'll be conservative and say 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 mountain 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!!)

Is Norway expensive? Not if you're wild camping by a fjord in a motorhome, like in this picture.
Motorhoming in Norway. In our opinion, wild camping by motorhome or campervan in Norway is the best way to road trip!

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 (click the link to see if we thought it was worth the money!)
  • £29 – fuel for motorbikes and the generator.
  • £16.7 on LPG refillable gas.
  • £3.71 on motorhome parking for the day at Alesund

Campervan Norway Blog

So that's it- our epic Norwegian road trip 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! Or maybe we'll tick some more off of our Europe Road Trips bucket list!

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 finish our Norway road trip itinerary 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.

I am still convinced that having a motorhome or campervan in Norway is by far the best way to travel- 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!!)

A view of the sunset over a Norwegian fjord while wild camping in Norway with a motorhome.
Wild camping in Norway with a motorhome- right by the fjord!

Touring Norway in a Motorhome – Is Norway expensive?

I am actually pleasantly surprised by how little the trip cost us- we were worried it was going to completely break the bank and heard all the rumors that Norway is expensive for tourists.

So, is Norway expensive to visit? Is Norway expensive for tourists? Well, 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 doing a Norwegian road trip by car and need to pay for accommodation, that could be expensive too, and meals/ drinks out are also quite expensive.

But, if you are bringing your own vehicle and are wild camping with a motorhome in Norway (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 plan a Norwegian road trip?? Let me know in the comments below.

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23 thoughts on “Is Norway expensive to road trip? Here’s everything you NEED to know”

  1. Thankyou so much for this very informative blog. It certainly is on my bucket list, hopefully we will start planning next year and go in 2020. We have been to Tromsø early this year and saw the Northern Lights and it certainly fuelled my desire to return. Can’t wait to get our motorhome on the journey of. A life time.

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    • Hi, I am an avid reader of your blog posts, but not very good with the technology… I Remember seeing a fab clip on video of you catching fish in Norway, and can’t find it again! I would like to show my husband so he could put a bit of fishing tackle together. We intend to go to Norway in May, and your posts have been extremely helpful to us. Thanks for putting all the hard work in to enable us to have your knowledge.

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      • Sadly Sue, we never caught a fish in Norway- the weather was too bad for us to even bother! 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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        • Ah, that’s why I couldn’t find it! Not only bad with technology, but let down by poor memory too! Anyway, keep up the excellent work, it’s always good to get another point of view about places we have visited, enough to make us want to return, and places yet to visit. Our bucket list of places to go is getting longer by the minute.

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  2. Thankyou for such a useful and informative post, you’ve taken the uncertainty out of what could be a trip spent worrying about overspending. Shame about the weather you had. We’ve been to Norway on a cruise ship and loved it but would love to explore with the motorhome.

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  3. Great read, my wife & I were two weeks behind you for seven week but went through Sweden as far up as Senja. Hardly any rain until south Norway.
    Still waiting for the tolls but £3120 so far in our 5.98m camper van.

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    • Yes, we were unlucky with the weather, which was a shame. You’ve done very well lasting 7 weeks on that- great job!!

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  4. Thanks for providing this breakdown of costs Kat. I’m really surprised I thought it would be double that, but as you point out it depends on how you are travelling I.e. your own motorhome and taking food with you.

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    • Very true! I think that makes a big difference in a lot of places, as it’s the eating/ drinking out which often makes the difference. That, and the tourist entrance fees- but we didn’t do many of those in Norway. To be fair, we didn’t find many to do!!

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  5. We went to Norway last year. We drove up through Sweden and back slowly through Norway.

    This year we went again but stayed in the southern part and explored more.

    Next year we’re going back again and going a little further north than this year. Love it!

    (One thing that can’t be planned for is any problem with the vehicle. Both times we had a different problem and the cost of repair was about 4 times more than it would have been in the UK. OUCH!!!)

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    • Fantastic!! Where’s been your favourite place so far?? Sorry to hear you had vehicle troubles. That’s never fun.

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  6. Thank you for a very detailed account of your great trip. Always enjoy your form of writing and your wit. Keep it up Kat.

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  7. Reading this post brought back great memories. We spent just over a month touring Norway in our camper a couple of years ago. Like you, in hindsight we did far too much driving, we were determined to get to Nordkapp! I agree that eating out is expensive, we kept it to a minimum, but the ability to free camp in amazing places saves you a fortune. We also loved the free service points as well. I would definitely encourage anyone to go and visit, we loved it!

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  8. Great Blog! Se are heading Norway by early Sepeber this year.
    My original idea is to do your type of tour un 3 weeks.. Do you think it is too much despite having one extra week ?
    KR,
    Eliana ??

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    • Hi Eliana! Not at all!! I hope you have better weather than we do and can get out to explore a little more, but 3 weeks is perfectly doable. Have a great trip!!

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  9. Great post for motorhomers in Norway. We’ve travelled in Norway for about 6 months all up, over the last two years and it definitely isn’t as expensive as everyone thinks. Switzerland was way more expensive – I think it is just one of those rumours that starts and runs away with itself! Saying that, alcohol is very expensive – so maybe that factors into the widespread shock horror 😉 Luckily for us – we aren’t big drinkers 😉
    Thanks for sharing Kat and happy travels 🙂

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  10. The weather was horrendous… it’s a shame that there isn’t more detail on this. I realise this is about costs, but is the expense worth the negative weather. Did it rain for days on end? Riding motorbikes can be a very wet experience, how did you cope with your wet gear, or did you just ride when it was dry and if you did only ride when it was dry, didn’t this cut into the time you could have spent doing other things? I’m not being critical, but you mentioned not liking hiking in the rain? Does it seem that hiking and motorcycling on a two-week trip is a tall order? I am considering a Norway trip, but it would be over a month or maybe two months & I am weighing up the potential huge milage (5000) and the wasted days over bad weather. This is a big call when I can head South to anywhere in Europe and further & be guaranteed that 90% of my days are going to be fair or good weather. Great article BTW!

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  11. Hi, I rode my 650 Transalp to knordkapp in 2012. I did a blog on ABR, Chacing Trolls.
    Its a fabulous ride,1 of my favourite bike trips. Yes fuel expensive and booze, well give up. I packed my bike with food and a 3ltr wine box. Wild camped, used 1 proper campsite….Had a free sauna. Which I shared with “naked motorhomers”. Who invited me for dinner. The Alantic highway is amazing. Plus all the WW2 history, I found a crash German plane. I think it cost me £1000, rode 5000 miles from London in 10 days. So why tell you MH fans. We have a touring caravan. Next May planning on renting in Bergen, Norway a campervan, fly in and head to Pulpit Rock. Then wiggle up the Coast to Loften islands. Onto Tomso ,we’re on my bike trip. The PM also invited me for dinner with his Goverment. Who were camping with some amazing teenager’s. Who’d been involed in the massacre the previous year.
    Knordkapp and bimble back to Bergen. I expect the costs to be justified by the beautiful endless views. Ot will also give us an idea what touring in a campervan is like.
    Regards D&E

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  12. Hi

    Great info and having just postpones our Pan American Highway trip that was planned for 2021 we are now looking to travel to Scandinavia for a few months….well as long as the visa will allow>

    Re the BroBizz tolls…

    Our van is 4.1 and i have looked at the BroBizz website and, maybe its me, but it doesn’t appear that clear what category we would fit in. Is that why toy went for the Business option? Even there they offer one for ordinary vehicles and one for trucks and busses… No mention of motorhomes 🙂

    Stay safe and, when you can, keep on travelling

    Cheers

    Bob

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