What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Norway: practical information
Where to rent a car in Norway
If you have tickets for Norway already booked then consider also booking a Norway car hire from the airport for your trip. It's the best way to get around and explore some of the more natural and off-the-beaten-path regions of the country. This is priceless, especially in a country like Norway where every landscape leaves your mouth gaping open. The option of travelling independently is also a huge bonus.
If you pick up a rent car in Norway from the airport, Oslo is your best option with Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt to choose from. Alternatively most all major cities in Norway have car hire facilities, although prices may be higher than what's available at the airports. In winter (November to April), it is essential to have winter tires but your car rental company should take care of this for you.
Driving in Norway: parking and other tips
All you need to drive in Norway is an EU driver's license, car insurance and the usual documents needed for renting a car. The maximum alcohol limit is 0.02 per litre of blood, so better to avoid drinking any alcohol if you're going to drive. It is mandatory to drive with the lights on, even during the day. Speed limits are as follows: 50km/h on urban roads, 80km/h on rural roads and 90km/h on motorways. Other restrictions may come into play when it is raining and/or snowing.
Parking varies from one Norwegian city to the next but you can bet that the bigger the city, the harder it will be to find a parking place. Be very careful regarding how much to pay and how long you can park in certain areas if you don't want to come back seeing your Norway rent car has been towed.
Road trips in Norway: what to do, what to see
Discovering a country can in no way overlook the capital city which is why Oslo is an essential stop when touring Norway. Oslo is a very livable city, it's artistically outstanding with some pretty incredible architecture. Art and design are at the forefront of what this city has to offer: Henir Onstad Art Centre and the Museum of Modern Art are just two of many to see. The city roots go all the way back to medieval times. For history, check out the Viking Ship Museum or the National Folk Museum.
The fjords are what comes to mind first for many when they think of Norway. These fantastic natural landscapes are definitely a sight to see while on holidays in Norway. The Sognefjord is probably the most famous and most visited, spanning 200 km in length and 1244 metres in depth making it the longest fjord in Europe. Whether you want to do some hiking, trek across a glacier or take in the views, the fjord regions are easiest to access with a rental car.
For something a little different head to this old city in central Norway for a few days. It is the oldest of Norway's cities which is easily seen by the architecture in the city centre. Start off at the incredible Nidaros Cathedral, the second largest in Northern Europe. Thanks to the city's large student population, Trondheim is a centre for music, arts, alternative politics and endless culture. Don't miss the wooden mansions including the Stiftsgaarden and the smaller ones in Bakklandet.