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Driving in Norway

General Info

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Population: 4.7m

Area: 328,878 sq. Km

Currency: Krone (divided into100 øre) - NOK



Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Geirangerfjord
  • North Cape
  • Bryggen village in bergen
  • The Vigeland sculpture park
  • Nidaros cathedral
  • Akershus fortress
  • Flaam railway
  • Kirkenes snow hotel
  • Holmenkollen ski jump
  • Pulpit rock

Essentials

Driving licence:

Visitors may drive foreign registered private vehicles (i.e. mopeds, motorcycles of any cylinder capacity, private cars) temporarily imported into Norway, if they have reached the minimum age required in their country of residence.

Visitors riding or driving any vehicle registered in Norway (hired or borrowed) must have reached the minimum age required in Norway. You must be 18 or over to drive/ride private cars and motorcycles over 125cc.

International driving permits (1926, 1949, 1968) are recognised but not required.

Important documents:

When driving in Norway the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart)
  • Proof of insurance/green card (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

While driving in Norway you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors: depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually
  • Lights: it is compulsory for all drivers including visitors to use dipped headlights in the daytime, in towns as well as outside built-up areas. This rule applies to all vehicles including motorcycles and mopeds
  • Warning triangle: compulsory on board all private vehicles (except motorcycles)
  • Reflective Jacket: although it is not compulsory for foreign registered vehicles, foreign drivers renting a car in Norway will have to make sure the hired vehicle is fitted with a jacket
  • Motorcyclists: drivers and passengers of motorcycles and mopeds must wear a crash helmet
  • Side mirrors: a vehicle towing a caravan must be equipped with special rear view mirrors

 

Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Rules conform to Article 11 of the Convention on Road Traffic (Vienna, 1968).

    Stationary trams may be overtaken only on the right at moderate speed or on the left where there is no room on the right.

    Moving trams may normally be overtaken only on the right, but overtaking is permitted on the left in one-way streets or where there is no room on the right.

    Narrow roads have passing places to allow vehicles to pass. The driver on the side of the road where there is a passing place must stop for any oncoming vehicle.
  • Priority

    As a general rule, vehicles coming from the right have priority.

    Vehicles approaching a roundabout must give way to traffic already on the roundabout.

    Irrespective of the above-mentioned rules, trams always have right of way.
  • Warning of approach

    Drivers should use horns, traffic indicators and lights when necessary to avoid accidents. Excessive and unnecessary use of such warning devices is, however, strictly prohibited.

Towing:

Trailers and caravans are regarded as motor vehicles and may be temporarily imported under the same conditions.

A vehicle towing a caravan must be equipped with special side mirrors.

Maximum length of car & caravan: 19.50m

Maximum width of caravan: 2.55m

Seat belts: 

It is compulsory for the driver and front seat passengers of cars to wear seat belts. Passengers in the rear of the vehicle must wear a seat belt if fitted.

Travelling with children: 

A child under 135cm must be placed in a child restraint system adapted to his/her size. If he is seated in a rear-facing seat, the airbag must be deactivated. It is recommended to place children under four years of age in rear-facing systems or to place them in child restraints on the back seat of the vehicle.

A child between 135cm and 150cm can use an adult seatbelt with a booster seat.

Speed limits: 

In built up areas: 50km/h (unless otherwise indicated). In residential areas, the speed limit may be as low as 30km/h. 

Vehicles of a total weight of less than 3,500 kg
On motorways and some highways 90 km/h or 100 km/h
On all other roads outside built up areas, unless otherwise indicated 80 km/h
Motor vehicles towing a trailer
Equipped with a braking device 80 km/h
Without a braking device and weighing more than 300 kg 60 km/h

Penalties:

  • On-the-spot fines

    The Norwegian police are empowered to impose and collect fines, on-the-spot, for infringement of traffic regulations.
  • Confiscation of vehicles

    If the police stop a vehicle whose driver is intoxicated, they can drive the vehicle to a safe place where it will be kept until it can be collected.

Parking:

  • Parking regulations

    Parking places and ‘No parking’ areas are clearly indicated by the international signs.
  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    Wheel clamps are not in use, however, vehicles illegally parked may be towed away.
  • Disabled parking access 

    Holders of a permit for disabled persons can benefit from:
  • Free parking in public car parks, on designated spaces
  • Free parking in residential areas, on designated places
  • Exemption from tolls on ring roads
  • Exemption from the fee for winter tyres

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights 

    The international 3-colour traffic light system is used.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    The maximum level of alcohol in the blood permitted for the driver of a motor vehicle is 0.02%.
  • Test

    The police may ask a driver to undergo a breath test at random. If this test is positive, a blood test may be required.

Availability of fuel:

Fuel is available everywhere, even in small villages. 

In general petrol stations are open between 07:00 and 22:00/23:00. In cities some petrol stations remain open 24hrs a day.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 15.68 NOK per litre
Unleaded petrol (98 octane) 16.43 NOK per litre
Diesel 14.32 NOK per litre
  • Means of payment

    All petrol stations accept credit cards.

Download  a copy of our Travelling in Norway guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

Michelin - National Map Scandinavia and Finland
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

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Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).

Around 581,000 British nationals visit Norway every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism

Petty crime does occur but at a low level compared to other European countries. See Crime

There has been an increase in avalanche activity. Follow local advice, stay on piste and only ski in recommended areas.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC so you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Oslo
Street Address: Thomas Heftyesgate 8
ZIP Code: 0244
City: Oslo
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-23 132700
Fax: +47-23 132789, 132738


Office: British Consulate Trondheim
Street Address: Beddingen 8 Trondheim
Postal Address : PO Box 2521, 7413 ZIP Code: 7037
City: Trondheim
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-73 600200
Fax: +47-73 600250


Office: British Consulate Bodo
Street Address: Brggcon AS, Notveien 17
ZIP Code: 8013
City: Bodo
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-75 565800
Fax: +47-75 565801

Email: kjell@byggcon.no


Office: British Consulate Laksevag
Street Address: Carl Konowsgate 34
Postal Address : PO Box 7255, 5020
ZIP Code: 5161
City: Laksevag
State : Bergen
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-55 944705
Fax: +47-55 343428


Office: British Consulate Alesund
Street Address: Farstadgarden, St Olav's Plass
Postal Address : PO Box 1301
ZIP Code: 6001
City: Alesund
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-70 124460
Fax: +47-70 128530


Office: British Consulate Tromso
Street Address: Mack's Olbryggeri, Storgaten 5-13
ZIP Code: 9291
City: Tromso
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-77 624500
Fax: +47-77 658677


Office: British Consulate Stavanger
Street Address: Prinsensgate, 12
Postal Address : PO Box 28, 4001
ZIP Code: 4008
City: Stavanger
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-51 529713
Fax: +47-51 538301


Office: British Consulate Kristiansand
Street Address: Tangen 10
Postal Address : Post Box 479, 4664
ZIP Code: 4610
City: Kristiansand
Country: Norway

Telephone: +47-38 122070
Fax: +47-38 122071


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