With the camper to Norway

Norway is an excellent country to wander through with your camper. You would almost say that Norway was made for campers. Many Norwegians also have a camper themselves and like to use it. This could be for family visits and holidays or to simply go fishing, hiking or other outdoor sports activities for a weekend.

Spend the night with the camper

Depending on the layout of your camper, spending the night is not difficult. You put the camper in place, place blocks under the wheels if necessary so that you are horizontal, you turn out the awning and you’re done. The only question you might worry about is whether you want to camp freely or whether you want to stay on a campsite because you are dependent on electricity and other facilities at a campsite.

Free camping

If you are considering free camping, you can do this at specially designated camper pitches or at the larger parking lots along the way. You are not allowed to park the camper on the main road to spend the night. You are also not allowed to park your camper within 100 meters of a residential home to spend the night there. For the rest, everything is allowed unless there is a sign that says you are not allowed to spend the night there. Spending the night in an open spot on the fjord or on the plateau is no problem.


If you prefer camping at a campsite, there is plenty of opportunity for that. Although the campsites are well signposted along the main and secondary roads, it is always useful to have a road map on board that also shows campsites. This gives you an indication of how long it will take before you reach the campsite.
Source: J. Struik

Start looking for a campsite on time

If you are traveling, it is wise to start looking for a place to stay early. It is wise to start looking for a campsite from two o’clock in the afternoon. The distance between two campsites can be large and the average distance you can cover with the camper is lower than in the Netherlands. It is not necessary to reserve a campsite in advance, there is usually enough space to spend the night at the campsite.

The quality of the campsites

The quality of campsites varies in Norway. You will find both one-star campsites and five-star campsites. Most campsites are equipped for campers and offer the opportunity to park your camper on a paved surface if you wish. Electricity connections are sufficiently available. Make sure you have a EURO plug (also called CEE or blue plug) on board.

Discharge dirty water and take in clean water

At most campsites it is also possible to discharge the contents of the chemical toilet and the waste water tank. You can use the places specially designated for this purpose on the campsite. You can also fill your water tank with fresh drinking water at that location.


Your camper is your home away from home. It is not strange if you decide to take your pet on holiday to Norway. Please take the following requirements into account before traveling to Norway with your dog or cat. Norway has a number of conditions that you must meet before you can enter the country with a dog, cat or ferret.

  • It is mandatory to vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies. This must be done at least 21 days before you import your pet into Norway. Keep an eye on the vaccination schedule, you must revaccinate on time and according to the instructions in the package leaflet.
  • Dogs must be dewormed within 120-24 hours before importation. Deworming the dog must be done at the vet. This person will make a note of this in the pet passport. If you stay in Norway for more than 28 days, this treatment must be repeated by a Norwegian veterinarian.
  • To identify your pet, it must have a chip. An easily readable tattoo is only permitted if it was demonstrably placed before July 3, 2011. The chip or tattoo must have been placed before your pet receives a rabies vaccination.
  • You are required to have a valid EU pet passport with you. You must be able to show this pet passport when you report to customs upon entering Norway. Reporting this to customs is mandatory if you want to import your pet.
  • Your pet must be at least three months old when entering Norway. If your pet is younger than three months old, it can exceptionally be allowed to live. Please contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority for this.

Remember: Norway is not a member of the European Union. The general rules of the European Union do not apply here.

Banned dog breeds

A number of dog breeds are banned from entering Norway. These include pit bull terriers, tosa inu, dogo Argentino, American Staffordshire terrier, fila brasileiro, the Czechoslovakian wolfdog and dogs that are a cross between the dog and the wolf. If you own a dog that resembles one of the above breeds, make sure you have the original pedigree papers with you to prove that your pet does not belong to one of the banned dog breeds.

Importing foodstuffs into Norway

With the camper it is easy to take a small supply of food, alcohol and tobacco from the Netherlands to Norway. However, some rules apply to this.

Importing alcohol

Only adults are allowed to import alcohol into Norway. The following guidelines apply:

  • 1 liter of drink with an alcohol content of 22% to 60% (for this you must be 20 years or older), 1.5 liter of drink with an alcohol content of 2.5% to 22% and 2 liters of beer with an alcohol content of 2 .5% to 4.7% or:
  • 3 liters of drinks with an alcohol content of up to 22% and 2 liters of beer with an alcohol content of up to 4.7% or:
  • 1 liter of drink with an alcohol content of 22% to 60% (you must be 20 years or older for this) and 3.5 liters of beer with an alcohol content of up to 4.7%.

Source: ANWB
This means that a maximum of 5 liters of beer per person may be imported, if no other alcoholic drinks are imported. If no tobacco is imported, an additional 1.5 liters of wine or beer may be imported. It is prohibited to import drinks with an alcohol content of more than 60%.

Tobacco imports

The following guideline applies to persons aged 18 and over:

  • 200 cigarettes, or
  • 250 g other tobacco products
  • 200 papers


Import of Foodstuffs

  • You may import a maximum of 10 kg of meat (products), dairy and eggs from an EU country.
  • The products must all have a quality mark from an EU country.
  • You may import a maximum of 10 kg of fruit and vegetables, with the exception of potatoes.

It makes sense to think carefully about what alcohol or tobacco you want to take with you. If you like to drink a beer, you can consider drinking the light local Norwegian beer. Rolling tobacco and cigarettes are shockingly expensive in Norway. For a pack of tobacco of 50 gr. you pay 281NOK. Converted into euros, that is approximately €30 (in 2016).

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