Traveling around the country of Norway is relatively easy because it is a major tourist destination, and so all the necessary tools and routes have been arranged to give tourists an excellent experience while in Norway. There are some general rules and regulations that apply to all, not just locals.
Car Speed Limits
For tourists who prefer to drive around Norway, the general speed limit on main highways is only 80 km per hours. In residential areas, the speed limits can go as low as 30 km per hour, with several speed bumps scattered around the area, some even without warning signs.
Drinking under the influence of alcohol is severely punished. The legal limit for driving is 20 mg of alcohol for every 100 ml of blood, however, it would be advisable to just stay away from the alcohol if you plan to drive. To be able to drive around Norway, you will need a valid driver’s license from your country and for non EC countries, an international driver’s permit.
Public buses are available for tourists who would rather go the whole gamut of the tourist experience. There are one day to weekly travel passes for some cities of Norway, otherwise pay as you ride.You could try the underrated express coached which travels around to most places in Norway. Coach travel is generally cheaper than traveling by train of bus, but it can take longer. There are also discounts for children, students, and big groups, but you must book your tickets in advance. You can even take your bike along with you on the coach.
You must go on the Bergen Railway. It is the most amazing 7 hour train ride in the world. It travels from Oslo to Bergen and back, and it is an experience you will never forget. It was even included in the Chicago Tribune as one of the best train rides in the world. You get to reach heights of over 1000 meters above sea level which is really spectacular.
Other means of traveling around Norway is by ferry. These boats carry people and cars across the waters of Norway, from towns to cities, and even to small islands. This is the perfect way to go island hopping and your itinerary can be one you chose personally.
If you plan to go on one of these ferry boats, you must take care to book your slot in advance because when tourist season comes, it would be very difficult to get a reservation, and the long lines to the ticket offices are incredibly long.
Some of the more popular ferry routes are Geiranger, Gudvangen, Lauvvik, Hellesylt, Kaupanger, and Lysebotn.
Traveling around Norway does not need to always be on a vehicle or boat, you should also try walking tours, mountain climbing trips and hiking trails. These are “back to nature” tourist ideas that would make you appreciate the wonder and beauty of Norway’s scenery.