Roadtrip in Norway in winter?
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Sep 23, 2013 3:33 AM Last Post By: emilgil
Sep 23, 2013 2:21 AM
Roadtrip in Norway in winter?Hi,
I'm planning to go to Norway this winter to see the polar lights. I'd love to go by car and drive all the way up to Tromso.
How are the roads in this time of the year? Is it still possible to drive or is everything covered with meters and meters of snow?
Does anybody know how expensive the toll is for the whole route?
Sep 23, 2013 2:56 AM
1Roads can be intermittently closed due to snow, but most routes are reopened shortly after, except for a few mountain roads which close for the winter.
Tolls are mostly for tunnels and bridges, rather than just to proceed along the open road. So it will depend a lot which way you go. Ferries also cost money, and there can be a lot of ferries depending which way you go. This page links you to a document which lists all the road tolls in Norway.
Ferry information is more dispersed.
Sep 23, 2013 3:33 AM
2You don't say where you expect to start the journey but I'll assume it's Oslo. Even outside winter season this is a pretty exhausting 1000 mi (1650 km) drive that takes at least 22-24 h. Are you comfortable driving for several days in each direction in more or less complete darkness?
If so, expect heavy snowfall in higher terrain where roads might close with short notice. Roads around Oslo and the valley heading north from there are generally well kept but as soon as you leave this area you have to be aware that Norwegian roads are surprisingly bad given their wealth as a nation. In most cases, snow clearing works well in inhabited areas. In higher terrain you might have to wait a couple of hours for a snow clearing truck and then drive slowly behind it, so called "kolonnekjøring", while the truck clears the road for you.
The amount of road toll depends on your intended route but expect to find it in Oslo, Trondheim, some tunnels and bridges and on all ferries.
I drove from Bergen to Oslo in late April a few years back and in the highest mountain passes there was still 2-3m snow on both sides of the road.
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