"Norway - Yes, but No Way in a car!" Norway Tourist Trap Tip by USSwede
Norway Tourist Traps: 38 reviews and 25 photos
Most roads in Norway are insufficient for drivers. This is due to the landscape being full of mountains/alps and rivers/seas. Tunnels are not unusual to be several miles long and bridges are common. The landscape is absolutely astonishing. BUT, the roads are narrow--and when I say narrow I mean NARROW. For instance, travelling on the "highways" (like E39 from Ålesund to Bergen) it is common to have to stop for oncoming traffic and speeds VERY seldom exceed 40 MPH/70 KMH. Thus a distance that is covered in 1 hour in the rest of the western world takes twice that time in Norway. Driver's are not used to passing and will be upset if you try to make up time--also ferries are common and that's where you meet the people you passed so there's is very litte point in trying to get anywhere in less time than half a day. On top of this there are several cameras that will photograph you if you speed and track you down with a fine that will put a dent in anyone's wallet aside from Warren Buffet. Norway is great to visit but fly there and then go on a cruise with a ferry or cruise line to see the Fjords.
Unique Suggestions: Fly there, take organized boat trips--don't rent a car! Don't bring your own unless you have LOTS of time to spend on narrow roads along with semi trucks, buses, old cars, mobile homes, goats, cows and hikers, pot holes, road construction, ferries, police and speed cameras.
Fun Alternatives: If you fly to Norway, use domestic flights to travel from Oslo to Bergen, Ålesund and other places along the coast. You will have a great time!
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