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Norway Traffic

Norway Traffic

Busy roads

  • E6 Oslo – Lillehammar, near Hamar (due to works).
  • E18 Oslo – Kristiansand, at the harbor for traffic towards Oslo.
  • E39 towards Stavanger.
  • Rv9 towards Haukelifjell (Hardangervidda).

Busy border crossings

With Sweden

  • E6 Oslo – Gothenburg, near Svinesund.

Busy ferry services

  • Waiting times can arise with the ferry services, especially in the summer period. Reservations are recommended for the crossing from Bodø to Lofoten.

Busy days 2021

  • During the summer holidays (June 18 – August 15) the roads get a bit busier, especially on the weekend of June 18-20.

Traffic information

Phone

  • Traffic information in English is provided in Norway on telephone number 175. From abroad: +47 815 48 991.

Radio

  • NRK and the local stations do not broadcast traffic information in foreign languages.

Internet

  • Traffic information can be found at vegvesen.no (also in English).
  • Norvegfinans.com provides information about Norwegian (toll) roads (in Norwegian only).

Roads and routes

  • The best route to Norway is via Bremen – Hamburg – Flensburg (Danish border) – Kolding – Århus – Frederikshavn (Oslo ferry) – Hirtshals (Kristiansand ferry).

New roads

E6

  • Katerud – Arnkvern (7 km). Delivery unknown.
  • Arnkvern – Moelv (24 km). Delivery unknown.
  • Kolomoen – Mjøsbrua (Hedmark) (43 km). Delivery unknown.

E39

  • Rogfast (the world’s longest underwater tunnel) (26.5 km). Delivery 2025-2026.

Driving ban trucks

  • There is no driving ban for trucks in Norway on public holidays or weekends.

Mountain passes

  • Detailed data and current information about the opening of mountain passes in Norway and other countries can be found at alpenpaesse.de (German).

Particularities

  • If the winter conditions are really bad (extreme cold, snow storms, poor visibility), many routes in Norway are only allowed to drive in convoy. Such a group often consists of at least 10 cars.
  • The narrower roads along the west coast are only suitable for caravan vehicles for experienced drivers.

Roadside assistance

Safety first

  • Put your car aside as far as possible (preferably on the roadside).
  • Turn the wheels towards the shoulder.
  • Turn on your hazard lights (also make them flash after placing a warning triangle).
  • Put on a safety vest and have your passengers put on a vest as well.
  • Get out of the car on the side where there is no traffic and let your passengers out on that side as well.
    If necessary, place a warning triangle.
  • Stand behind the crash barrier or on the verge and wait for the roadside assistance service, with a view of the traffic.
  • Never cross the highway, that is dangerous!

Road safety

  • In the mountain areas and the fjord area there are many steep, narrow roads, some with hairpin bends. It can be a challenge to drive here, especially for motorists with a caravan.
  • Norway has a good road network that is regularly maintained.
  • Due to the increase in bridges and tunnels, through traffic has less to do with ferries.
  • The roads are very winding and rarely wide enough for traffic to flow smoothly. A journey can therefore take much longer.
  • Alternate places have been created along secondary single carriageways in the mountainous region. They are marked with an M.
  • In Norway there are also gravel roads, which can be temporarily difficult to use when the thaw sets in in spring.