Best Campsites in Norway

By Isabella Lambkin

If you’re looking to go on an idyllic escape that looks like it’s been taken straight from a postcard, Norway is the destination for you. With striking sceneries at every corner and abundant patches of nature everywhere, your eyes will never run out of views to absorb. For the full Nordic experience, ditch the fancy hotel and opt to go camping instead. Don’t worry if you’re not too acquainted with Mother Nature because there’s a campsite for every type of traveller. Read on to discover the best campsites in Norway.

With a total of 48 campsites, it may be difficult to choose where to kick back and set up base. Moreover, like the rest of Scandinavia, everyone in Norway has a “right to roam” — which means that you’re free to access certain public or privately owned lands, lakes, and rivers for recreation purposes. This applies to open country or uncultivated land, which includes most shores, bogs, forests, and mountains. But of course, campers have the responsibility to clean up after themselves and respecting their surroundings. This has made the task of determining the best campsites in Norway a bit challenging.

That said, here are some recommended locations where you can enjoy the most spectacular landscapes Norway has to offer.

 

For an intimate getaway

Solvang Camping
Campsites can sometimes become overcrowded with tourists, especially when camping season rolls in. But Solvang Camping is a peaceful, small site where it’s really just you and nature. It’s far off from the main street, so there is little to no road noise or clamour from nearby towns. The site, which overlooks the tidal marshes of the Altafjord, welcomes travellers with its rich population of flora and fauna. It also has a great variety of birdlife.

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Image credit: NAF Camp

 

For a historical trip

Hardangertun
Vikings are often portrayed to be ferocious warriors who thrived in the mountains and sea. But beyond the typical wild pillager schtick, the real Vikings were actually quite adept at agriculture, trade, community building, and camping. Hardangertun, for example, was once an important Viking settlement. Situated along the banks of the Hardangerfjord, it is surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty — from cascading waterfalls to luxuriant trees. This is something far from what media often portrayers Vikings to be. In its namesake TV series, for example, the Vikings’ costumes were more similar to characters from a Lord of the Rings novel than they were to the Norse seafarers’. The same goes for their perpetually grisly looks in TV and film — Vikings were actually known to give great importance to personal hygiene — but nevertheless help people become acquainted with Vikings. Meanwhile, the Viking-inspired titles on Slingo Slots, like Spell of Odin and Vikings Go Wild, help highlight the culture of this medieval clan. The imagery and mechanics in these games provide exciting new ways for casual fans and enthusiasts alike to learn about Vikings and the Nordic people in general. You can take your interests up a notch by staying a few nights in Hardangertun, which is sure to make you feel like a 21st century Norse, minus the fur caps and woolly leg warmers. That is unless it gets very cold, and you need them to keep you warm at night.

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Image credit: Hardangerfjord

 

Ulvaskog
Resting on a forest of pine, the Ulvaskog trail is another secret getaway that offers a front-row seat to the Norwegian wilderness. If you’re interested in immersing yourself in a little bit of history, travel writer Anthony Ham shares that Ulvaskog was where the Norwegian resistance once shielded themselves from Nazi occupiers during World War II. But don’t let that frighten you — what’s left is a tranquil site along sheltered lakes that’s perfect for travellers craving for solitude away from the bustling city life.

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Image credit: Sandalsand Norge

 

For an adrenaline rush

Lofoten Islands

No list for the Best Campsites in Norway would be complete without Lofoten.

The Lofoten Islands is best experienced in the wild. Though there are abundant patches of wildland available, it might be hard to secure an area that is flat and dry enough to hold your tent. Therefore, it is recommended to stay along the northern coast which has much more grassier turf. Moreover, there’s plenty of driftwood to last you, literally forever. This site may not be for novice campers, but if you’re up for the challenge, the view at sunset is more than worth it.

Image credit: Cody Duncan

 

Jotunheimen
Located inside the Jotunheimen National Park is the Besseggen ridge hike, one of the most popular sites in Norway — and for good reason. The trail is alongside the majestic lake Gjende with the glaciated mountain peaks as its backdrop. An estimated 30,000 people make the trek every year, so plan ahead if you don’t want to pitch your tent next to anyone.

Image credit: Traveljockey

 

For a beachside getaway

Langøyene
This Oslofjord island houses one of the most beautiful beaches in Oslo. No need to worry about deep waters as the water here is generally shallow. With three beach volleyball courts, an expansive field, wide camping areas, and hiking trails, there are various activities to do on and off the beach. Lateral Ride explains that it is basically two islands with a piece of land that separates them. However, campers are only allowed on the Northern side.

Image credit: Use-It Oslo

 

Brusand
Want to try catching your own dinner? With three nearby rivers — Ognaelva, Hå River, and Fuglestad River — Brusand is an ideal place for deep sea or freshwater fishing. There are other nature activities available, such as hiking or bird watching at the conservation area close by.

Image credit: Brusand Camping

 

So there you have the Best Campsites in Norway. You really have to come and experience this wonderful country.

Guest Author

Isabella Lambkin is a financial analyst by day and freelance writer by night but is an adventurer at heart.

When she's not crunching numbers or typing up articles, Isabella is planning her next great adventure.

She enjoys hiking, swimming, and outdoor yoga.

26 thoughts on “Best Campsites in Norway

  • October 16, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    That’s an amazing list. Will surely refer any day I am heading there. The adventure destinations like Lofoten islands and the other one look so exciting and beautiful.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 1:02 am
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    I never thought there is so much to do in Norway, let alone camping. I would definitely like to go on an intimate gateway in Norway. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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  • October 14, 2018 at 6:55 am
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    Norway has so many beautiful and scenic sites for camping. Solvang Camping, Jotunheimen and Lofoten Islands have such gorgeous views. I am putting all these places to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

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  • October 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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    This is place is a dream for me! My number one in my bucket list! So beautiful and hopefully one day I get to see its beauty!

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  • October 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    I love camping and river-rafting when they go together. These places look stunning and camping accompanied by a visit to historical places would be my pick for sure.

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  • October 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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    I’m not really that much of a camper, but Norway has been on my list in general to visit. There’s something about the mountains there that I can’t escape. Jotunheimen looks amazing, I would love to at least go there and hike to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

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  • October 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm
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    Would not associate camping and Norway but again me not being too much into camping knows less. Seems there is such a wide choice of different ones on offer from the more relaxed to the adrenaline savy. The locations are stunning and I would love to visit one some day. Always helpful your posts.

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  • October 12, 2018 at 11:30 am
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    This makes me so motivated to take the plunge and book a getaway in Norway. That crystal blue water is just pure perfection.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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    Norway offers a lot of amazing camping options! I loved my time spent in the Norwegian outdoors but there are still a lot of places I haven’t visited. Thanks for the ideas of possible new places to seek out!

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  • October 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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    That’s a lot of options for camping in Norway! I like the right to roam policy – this way everyone can enjoy all the beautiful places. How interesting to have Langoyene right there in Oslo so that city visitors can have an easy, no-excuse getaway!

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  • October 11, 2018 at 8:46 am
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    Norway looks like an incredible place to camp! I bet it would be so much fun to explore the country.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 5:56 am
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    These camping sites looks amazing! I should know that since Norway is super organized!

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  • October 11, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    My preference would be a beachside getaway, especially Brusand. I would want to take my husband along.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 12:01 am
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    We camped for a week in England once and would love to do the same in other countries. Norway is on our list!

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  • October 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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    How amazing to camp in Norway! I would love to go camping in a foreign country!

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  • October 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    Wow all the sites look stunning. I would love to go everywhere – the show-covered mountains the riverside, the historical sites.. A fantastic list indeed

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  • October 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm
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    The surroundings of those campsites look amazing. I went camping on a previous holiday and just waking up to those views was beautiful x

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  • October 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    Great to know about some top campsites in Norway but also very handy to understand they have a right to roam that allows you to access more areas freely. For sheer beauty I love the sites in the Lofoten Islands and Jotunheimen that you have suggested.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 11:33 am
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    Wow the views from the mountain top are amazing. I have not been camping in my life but my kids keep asking for us to do this. I feel like I am at the camp site from your pictures.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    I love camping, climbing and running. These look amazing, so picturesque! Thanks for the ideas of new places.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    My wife and I love camping, climbing and running. After our baby arrived we don’t have much time to do it, but this post encourages us to plan to do it again one of this days and hopefully make it to Norway as well.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 7:14 am
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    Wow! Looking super pretty! I will sure don’t mind staying in any of those! Camping in Norway during summer must be exceptional!

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:50 am
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    Though I never tried camping abroad before, camping in Norway with such picturesque location tempts me to go for it. I loved Solvang camping the most as the campsite is surrounded by rolling hills, great weather, and many birds varieties. Hiking along the ridge of Jotunheimen National Park must be also a stunning hike as the views of glacial mountains are really splendid. Thanks for sharing beautiful campsites from Norway.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:17 am
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    Although I love the outdoors, I’ve never tried camping before. But these locations look appealing. Especially the historical ones. Would love to feel like a Norse even if it is for a couple of days. The scenery looks lovely. Thanks for putting this on my bucket list.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 1:58 am
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    I have never tried any camping overseas before. After looking at your pictures and reading your post, I realize that I have missed the best.

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  • October 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm
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    We love camping and exploring new places. These look amazing, so picturesque! I’m wondering how the wildlife are at these locations? Thanks for the ideas of possible new places to seek out!

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