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Trip Report Norway by motorhome

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We spent 8 unforgettable days in Norway, covered more than 2000 km. It was October, and we were anxious about the weather. We checked the forecast every day – and every day the weather changed. We saw rains, stormy winds, and quiet transparent days with sharp crystal air. The temperature was also different, however it was going down steadily, from +10 degrees Celsius closer to the sea and to -1 degrees Celsius in the mountains, where rains turned into snowfalls that melt making serpentine roads slippery.

Despite the rain there were a lot of colours, mosses of unthinkable green shades, red and yellow trees, fancy bright lonely houses, picturesque towns with busy streets – instead of grey dullness that we expected to find in Norway in October. Sometimes sun beams came through the clouds and illuminated the landscape in especially breathtaking manner. Higher in the mountains the forest gradually became shrubs, and then – boulders covered with moss that resembled surrealistic grins of troll faces.

We visited Oslo, Drammen, Kristiansand, Stavanger, climbed to Preikestolen, walked through Bergen, admired numerous waterfalls, reached Throndheim with its dreamy Nidelva, Lilehammer, Gjovik, Lillesstrom, covered many-many kilometres and serpentines.

We, 4 adults and one teenager, realized that hotels in Norway were too costly – and decided to rent a motorhome. Now, after the trip, I can say that motorhome is an optimal variant for the country. Most of the roads there have special stops for motorhomes every several kilometres, with tables and even toilets. Almost every gas station offers fresh water. And we were free to stop for a night at the place we liked, and meet a dawn where we wanted. We had a shower with hot water, a toilet, a kitchen, a fridge, comfy beds. The luggage space was spacious indeed.

We were choosing between good old companies when found a brand new one – Motorhome Norway. Motorhome Norway offered us a very decent Fiat vehicle (Motorhome Exquisite) for 6 persons. The representative called Mikky was very helpful and even gave us a supplementary discount. All in all, we payed less then 1300 euros for 8 days with all insurances and supplements.

Motorhome for 6 offers 2 beds for 2 persons and 2 smaller beds that can be transformed from a table (and Sasha the teenager stoically slept on one of them during the whole trip). I don't think that it would be comfortable for 6 persons, but for 5 it was ok.

The kitchen was great. We dined out only a couple of times. Usually we bought some meat and vegetables – and cooked ourselves. And hot tea was always at hand.

Initially, I was worried about driving such a vehicle, but in reality it didn't took much time to adapt. The view was great, the car was heavy but powerful – no problems with going up or down the roads. Actually, there are several types of roads in Norway. Normal dual high-ways, wide enough to pass one another without trouble. Narrow high-ways where a motor car can pass buses or trucks, but two big vehicles will stuck. These roads are usual for fjords and highlands. Some of them are surprisingly busy. And very narrow single lane roads, thankfully they are rare and have small traffic. We happened to try them all – and succeeded. The drivers were usually very polite and let big vehicles go first. The only problem we had with the motorhome – was a broken cat's eye, that was changed in a car service station.

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