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Roads in Fjordland

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Roads in Fjordland

We're traveling from Germany in a (near) 598 long 230 wide camper for three weeks, mostly in the Fjord land. After driving narrow roads in Corsica and France, we're a little cautious about narrow winding roads. Are there any roads that are tricky for two way traffic with a camper? (Trollsteigen has already been crossed off our list, for example).

Also, is it true that you are allowed to camp (in a camper) at any site on the road? (Called jedermansrecht in German)

Thanks!

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1. Re: Roads in Fjordland

All the scenic roads in the south are narrow and winding and it would be a shame to be restricted by a camper. You may camp more or less where you like, but not at roadside rest areas and you need to respect the no camping signs and make sure you are not on private property.

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There are plenty of campsites in fjord Norway where motorhomes can stop overnight with excellent facilities and appropriate services.

If your vehicle prevents you from driving at the same speed as other vehicles please have some consideration for drivers stuck behind you and pull over to let them pass wherever possible. There are few opportunities for overtaking on Norway's winding and often narrow roads and drivers are often reluctant to exceed the speed limit to do so safely.

Can any Norwegian's confirm if there is still a law, or at least a rule in your 'Highway Code', that means drivers of slow vehicles MUST let people behind pass if there is a queue of more than a certain number of vehicles behind them. Lorries and tractors seem to do it as normal practice.

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3. Re: Roads in Fjordland

There is no specific law about this (and never been - it's a myth I think). But people will be seriously upset with you if you don't give way and hold up traffic. Not everyone else is there to watch the scenery, some drive on these roads to get to work or to pick up kids in kindergarten. Not nice to force them to go very slow just because you are on holiday yourself

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4. Re: Roads in Fjordland

On the contrary Espen it is set in law, though not directly saying "You have to let others pass you". This is covered by The Road Traffic Act (Veitrafikkloven) paragraph 3 says: "Enhver skal ferdes hensynsfullt og være aktpågivende og varsom så det ikke kan oppstå fare eller voldes skade og slik at annen trafikk ikke unødig blir hindret eller forstyrret.

Vegfarende skal også vise hensyn mot dem som bor eller oppholder seg ved vegen."

Trans:

"Everyone must show consideration and be vigilant and careful when travelling so no danger arises or damage is caused and in such a way that other traffic isn't hindered or unnecessarily disturbed.

Road users must also show care towards those who live or stay close to the road."

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§ 12 says that slow or oversized vehicles must if necessary pull over to allow faster vehicles pass (not more specific than that). So if you are doing 60 and speed limit is 80 on a road where overtaking is difficult, you must keep an eye in mirrors (if a line of cars gathering behind). But if you are doing 80 and speed limit is 80, you are clearly not obliged to.

A long and wide camper should be OK in Trollstigen, limit is about 13 meters (for buses).

bengtssonsentreprenad.se/andreas/trollstigen…

I think key is to plan ahead and always look for places to pass, be polite and flexible. You can also avoid traffic by driving late evening or early morning places like Trollstigen.

The right to camp is reserved for hikers in the wilderness, not for vehicles. You are allowed to park overnight (on public parking area) unless sign saying "no camping", but show respect so don't drive onto any field or patch as land is generally private.

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