Norway is a fantastic country to go to on holiday for the active tourist. Walking, cycling, skiing in the summer ski areas or just lazing by a fjord. For campers, Norway may not be the first country they think of going to on holiday. And that’s a shame since Norway has a lot to offer for campers who enjoy an active holiday.
Campsites in Norway
Finding a campsite is absolutely not difficult in Norway. The Norwegians travel and hike a lot and there are campsites everywhere. Depending on your preference, there are both three-star campsites and very simple campsites. The overnight costs may differ from campsite to campsite. This can vary from 15 per night to 40 per night.
If you want to camp in Norway, it makes sense to adapt your camping equipment accordingly. The weather plays an important role when camping. Camping in good weather is not difficult, just place your chairs in front of the tent and enjoy the view. It can also rain a lot in Norway, so it is nice to take a tent with you where you can relax. A tent with a fixed shell is recommended, the fixed shell ensures that you are not bothered by drafts and prevents rainwater from entering.
In addition to grass pegs, it is wise to also take rock pegs with your tent equipment. Don’t forget to bring a hammer with a steel head to hammer the rock pegs into the ground. A normal camping hammer with a rubber head is suitable for grass and sand pegs, not rock pegs.
If you want to charge your mobile phone or cool your cool box at the campsite, you need electricity. It is useful to take an extension cord and a EURO plug (also called CEE or blue plug) with you. When the weather is nice, electricity is not necessary. The days are long, it remains light for a long time and the temperatures can also be very pleasant in summer. If the weather is worse and the days are gray and wet, it is very pleasant to stay in a warm tent. For this it is useful to take a small electric camping stove with you.
A successful active holiday in Norway depends on a good night’s sleep. The nights can be cold, the ground retains the winter cold for a long time. On the plateau, temperatures at night around freezing point are no exception. It is therefore useful to check how warm the sleeping bag is. Is it a sleeping bag for warm Southern European countries or will the sleeping bag also keep you warm down to -10 °C?
How do you want to sleep? Do you opt for a stretcher so that you lie off the ground, or do you opt for an air mattress? If you choose an air mattress, bring one or two thick fleece blankets for under your air mattress. This reduces cooling of your air mattress due to the cold surface.
Washing and drying
At most campsites you will find a washing and drying room. There you will find washing machines, dryers and, if you are lucky, you can also find an ironing board and iron there. You have to pay to use the washing machine and dryer.
Daily groceries in Norway are on average more expensive than in the Netherlands. Fresh vegetables, fresh meat and all other foodstuffs that have to be imported are expensive. Nevertheless, by purchasing smart, it is quite possible not to pay the top price for your daily groceries.
Shopping in Norway
On the outskirts of the larger cities you will find large indoor shopping centers, with supermarkets, clothing stores and shops selling household goods. There are several major supermarket chains. Spar, Lidl and Aldi can also be found in Norway, Norwegian supermarkets include Coop, Kiwi and Rema.
- Don’t look at eye level, but look at the bottom racks, where you will find the cheapest products, just like in the Netherlands.
- The range of frozen products is wide. Vegetables, meat, fish, fruit, everything can be found frozen. The quality of the frozen products is good.
- Own brand products are also cheaper in Norway than branded products. It is definitely worth trying this out.
- The light Norwegian party beer in half-liter cans is slightly more expensive than a half-liter can of beer that you buy in the Netherlands. The heavier Norwegian beer is considerably more expensive than in the Netherlands. Beers that have to be imported into Norway such as Amstel and Heineken are expensive.
Cooking at the campsite
Most campsites have a kitchen that guests can use. The design of the kitchen differs from campsite to campsite. At one campsite you can cook indoors, at the other campsite you can use a fully heated and equipped kitchen. At most campsites you will also find a shared community room where you can sit dry and warm together with the other camping guests. You will usually also find WiFi in that room.
Cooking on gas
In Norway, only propane gas is available. The butane gas used to fill Campinggaz bottles may not be sold. Are you used to cooking at Campinggaz? Then it makes sense to have enough full bottles of Campinggaz in stock. Do you cook on propane? Refilling Dutch gas bottles is only possible with a special adapter. So make sure you have enough propane gas bottles with you.
Cooking on gasoline
A good alternative to cooking with gas is cooking with petrol. Coleman has both one- and two-burner stoves that are ideal for cooking outdoors. The big advantage of cooking with Coleman fuel (the fuel that Coleman recommends for his stoves) or gasoline is the high calorific value of the fuel. In concrete terms, this means that the flame is hotter, which means the water boils faster.
Camping in Norway
Camping in Norway is challenging. Back to nature, relax and enjoy the endless views over the fjords, the plateaus and the snow and ice-covered mountain peaks. Once you have your camping gear in order, only one question remains: do you want to travel and hike and see as much of the country as possible or do you prefer a longer stay in one place?
Stay longer at a campsite
If you opt for a longer stay in one place, you can also take more luggage with you to make life at the campsite as pleasant as possible. You then have to pack and unpack the car less. You can also opt for a more spacious tent. It doesn’t matter that it takes you longer to set up the tent, after all you will still be staying at that campsite for another day or so.
Travel and trek
If you love traveling and trekking, camping is the art of omission. The motto is to take minimal luggage with you. Because you don’t have to unpack anything you don’t take with you. Pack the luggage you want to take with you in plastic, lockable crates. One crate of clothing per person, a crate for pots and pans, a crate for food. The advantage of working with lockable crates is that you can quickly lift them in and out of the tent. You can also decide to leave those crates in the back of the car if you are traveling with a small tent and you do not have much space in your tent.
In any case, whatever choice you make, hiking tent or family tent, driving many or few kilometers, enjoying the high plateaus or watching porpoises in the fjords; one thing is certain: camping in Norway is an experience you will not soon forget.