Campsite in Norway

In summer Norway is probably one of the best country to camp and again more in the north of Norway. Al ready Norway is a very expensive country, one of the more expensive in the world. So with my poor french salary at this moment, i didn’t hav a real purchasing power in the country. So for the accomodation it was a  great choice to camp in order to not spend to much money. And again the price of a place in a campsite can be a little expensive. After it is totally legal to make wild camping if you don’t want to spend money in your accomodation.

And i have to add how incredible is to camp in Norway. For me and i don’t say that for the price, it was perfect in summer to sleep every night in my tent. I loved this so much because thanks to that we can spend all the day 24 hours on 24hours in contact with the wildlife. The environment is perfect and we can have beautiful places with beautiful views to camp. And chich is better than to sleep with the sunset, a small fresh wind on your face and a beautiful view. I use for me, alone, a tent Quechua. Normally for three persons, but in the reality it is rather for two persons. For me it was great because i had space and it is pleasant. So the tent could be a little heavy but as i had a rent car it was not a problem.

I made two days in wildlife camping et the rest in  campsites. Wildlife camping is cool but I can say that the price in campsite for me was between 150 and 250 nok. It depended of the place, if it was really near a place of interest. You can find many informations and where are located the campsites on www.norcamp.de.And at the end it is very impresa big number of campsite. You can even sometimes fall on a campsite which is not marked on the map. So it is very easy you don’t have to book in advance, you have just to respect the timetable. And again if you arrive too late, you will be able to pay the tomorrow morning. Almost all campsites don’t have fences around it is pretty sure that sometimes there were people or solo traveller who where at the limit of the campsite to not pay and at the same time to use the bathroom.

Definitely to make a summary camping in Norway during the summer is great, for the location, the midnight sun, the landscape, the price…. I can advice you to do this

Bodo

Bodo is situated on a peninsula in Northern Norway, just above the polar circle. It is the second main city above the circle  after Tromso. The city collects around 50000 inhabitants. The location is great. The place is great along the the ocean with many views on islands, coast and fjords.

I’m stayed in this place three nights, once in couchsurfing the first day and twice in the campsite at the end of my trip in Norway. The city is pleasant, quiet and offers vaired assortment of adventure. The nice place to go for a walk was for me just along the harbor and the marina, it is also just beside the center.When we go out of the center there are many residential district, seeming peacefull with houses and small buildings that i found nice. In fact like others Norwegian cities, there are differents colors for the buildings, and it makes the charm of norwegian cities.Bodo is definitely a nice place to stay a little for the city and the surroundings. Moreover you can see one of the biggest maelstrom in the world, his name is saltstraumen , just an half hour driving from Bodo, with a very powerful current. It is also a perfect place for all the fishermen.

The city can be the departure to linl Lofoten islands by the ferry (around 4 hours), or Vesteralen islands by the road (around 5  hours). It is the best location with Tromso to link the North by the airplane form Oslo ( around 1h30  Oslo – Bodo by the airplane ). And to come back to this city i can advice easily to camp in Bodo campsite. It is a coo campsite and the advantage is that there is a nice path along the fjord with a beautiful view. So for me it was a pleasur at the end of the day to cover the path with the midnight sun. And it is beside many supermarkets by walking. On the oteher side of the city in direction of the north there are also beaches to stay.

You will have the opportunity to rent a car in Bodo if you want to continue your trip on the north by your own. Bodo is an other small city where i would like to stay few months.

 

 

Lofoten and Vesteralen archipelago

In a road trip always in Norway in July, i went to Lofoten and Vesteralen island. It is a set of islands forming a marvellous archipelago. I was my main purpose to come to see the north of Norway. This is a place defined by contrasts. The landscapes span from calm and peaceful beaches and farmlands to rugged, alpine mountains, dramatic fjords and wilderness. So i could advance in the area on this area with my rent car. To rent a car is the best thing to do if you want to be free and to see all the corners of the islands.

I rented my car at Bodo but it is possible to rent a car on the islands. After you have two options, to take the ferry from Bodo until Svolvaer after a crossing around 4h. You will be at the south of the islands at the end of Lofoten and you will be able to cross all this area and to come back until the enter around Narvik. Or the other option consists to make the opposite to come by Narvik and to start by Vesteralen islands. I went down from Tromso so it was logical for me to make the second option. We don’t see a real difference between Vesteralen and Lofoten, it is just that the contrast in Lofoten islands is more important about the landscape. It is for this than Lofoten is more known.

So everythings were beautiful there.  I had three sunny day and just one cloudy day and as i said on an other article on Norway, it was in the place that i had one day with a very hot weather with 26 degrees during the day. It was good but the only problem was during the evening and the night the number of mosquitos and flies, trying to past on my body and on the car. But if i can reassure you, except of this hot day, i finally didn’t have any problems with mosquitos on the place. So i’m stay three nights in campsite. Weather was strange andsometimes just on few kilometers i could have much fo and very low clouds and thanks to that i was a beautiful contrast in the landscape before just after to come back under a sunny day. It is the place to see the typicals fisherman villages with the red  wooden cabin. I just regret to be not stayed a night in a Rorbur, the typical fisherman cabin, but it was a little too expensive for me.

Everything is pleasant in the archipelago but my best place among this area was at the end in the south of Lofoten islands when we see the moutains, narrows moutainsto continue on the landscape and you can’t reach it. You are a the end of the archipelago. And it was great because i had the feeling to have accomplished something nice and i was very proud of me.The water in this area is so clear, with a beautiful light blue. Sometimes we can think that we can just find this in tropical coutries but no, and here it is a big surprise to see this perfect water beyond the polar circle. The difference is that that the water temperature is cool.

But i found this place, a pretty beach and it was amazing. and few people was already on the beach. It was around 18 degrees at this moment outside so i had to try to go in the water with a such nice place. So i took my swimming trunks and i tried to go in the water and i was successful to walk on the water just at the level of my hips and it was great.Nobody was able to go beyond. I wanted to swim wy all my body but it was to difficult  en with all  the motivation that i had. Probably that the water temperature was around 12°. But perfect souvenir for a perfect place with perfect sand and water.

Tromso in July

Tromso is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and it is the largest city in Northern Norway.  From 20 May to 20 July we can see the midnight sun. And from 20 November to 20 January it is the polar night. It is call sometimes the capital of North because it is the biggest city in in the north Europe. Even if Tromso is  located above the polar circle, as the city is on the seaside and thanks to  the warming effect of the Gulf stream., never it is very cold there. And you have beautiful days in summer and not too much cold days in winter. I had the chance to have a sunny weather during my three days and a temperature around 16/17 degrees during the day. Definitely it was a city that i wanted to see during my trip.Tromso is moreover know to be one of the best places on the planet from where to observe the amazing phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis.

The center of the city is located on a island, making the city charming. You have a bridge in one side and and other bridge in the other side. It great because it is forbidden to park a car in the center of Tromso and there are no places for this. So Tromso’s center is very quiet because you have just few cars. The other interesting thing is that we can cross the city and link many part thanks to a underground net work for the car, just under the city. And it is great to cross easily the city. I was the first time that i saw something like that. I discovered shops and food in the area it is a great pleasure to wander on the street an near the harbour.  The city is surrounded by the sea.

This city is very modern, clean, and  has many activities to offer, from an aquarium and several quality museums to the world’s northernmost botanical garden. I saw this garden and as a connoisseur of plants, i can say that the garden is beautiful with a perfect work and maintain there. So we can see all the plants growing in the arctic area.The artic cathedral is an architectural element to see in Tromso, and it has become one of city’s most striking landmarks.

I wanted to sleep in Tromso’s campsite but finally the campsite was very full, the only campsite in Norway where there were many people. It was a little a pity because i could be just beside the center at the end of the day. However i don’t regret because i’m stayed on a campsite located 20km in the north of Tromso. Just going on on the road in the north. And i can advice this campsite for the location. Along the sea with a perfect view.

Travel trip in Norway beyond the polar circle

After trips in Iceland and Sweden and to continue my road to see scandinavia, i spent three weeks in July  in the North of Norway, focusing only on one part; north west coast and Lofoten islands. Norway is a very very long country and between the south and the north there are around 2000km to browse.Norway has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world,with the fjords, the sea, the moutain, the vegetation. So my first destination was to link the city of Bodo by the airplane. So from France i took two airplane, the first was between Bordeaux and Oslo (around 3h), and the second between Oslo and Bodo (around 1h30). So i linked the city of Bodo, located around 200km above the polar circle.I’m arrived in Bodo under the rain and a fresh weather, no more that 12 degrees. Bodo was one of  my step and to be able to adapt to the country, i spent two nights on couchsurfing there. After these two days i took a rent car.In fact a little above Bodo, Narvik in the last station and the terminal of the train in the north. After the train doesn’t exist  beyond Narvik.

My first step after Bodo was to drive and to reach Tromso. I wanted so much to seen Tromso because i had ridden nice article on this city and because it is called ‘North Capital’, the main city beyond the polar circle. The weather after was really sunny during many days. Tromso, staying two days, was a great experience for me. During all my trip after this two first nights on couchsurfing, i slept in campsites with my own tent. I wanted so much to do this because the days was so long and in the environment it was for me perfect. In fact never it was totally dark during the two small hours of nights. The sunset happened around midnight and the sunrise at two o’clock.

I slept regularly in beautiful places in the campsites, sometimes just along the sea, othertimes in front of a fjord or a lake with the moutains behind me. The views were great and it was definitely pleasant to camp in Norway in summer. The only campsite which was full was Tromso’s campsite, and it was for this reason that i avoided it. I found 20km further a peacefull campsite with perfect view and just few people. For the rest it is very easy to find campsites on the road and everytime there are places, sometimes also it is difficult to find the owner. And one day i slept in a campsite without to have to pay because nobody to lead the campsite in despite of the access of everything. I didn’t try wild camping because i wanted to take a shower at the end of the day and to find easily a place but otherwise, it is one of the best country to experiment wild camping.

After Tromso i continued on the surroundings, falling on beautiful places with transparent blue water. And then i left to go to the magical Vesteralen and Lofoten islands.It is a great archipelago. I crossed all the archipelago, island after island, to reach the last point and the end of Lofoten at the village of A i Lofoten. The feeling to be in the place in perfect. There are in first Vesteralen islands  in this area, and it is followed by Lofoten islands, again a little bit more beautiful. On the road we cross many fisherman villages. The perfect fisherman villages and houses along the sea. It has to be so great to have the experience to stay there during a longer moment. And so i spent few days there wandering in many places to walk.

I returned taking the ferry between Svolvaer and Skutvik, in order to not make the same road in the return. Leaving the islands by the ferry offers great views on the archipelago. I returned after to Bodo and finally i was in advance on my timetable so i decided for one day to go on toward the south and to stop at the polar circle center, which is a symbol of the line of demarcation. The occasion near this area to stop a little in the city of Mo i Ranabefore to return in my campsite in Bodo. Bodo’s campsite is a great location, not too far from the airport.

Thanks to the gulf stream, the hot current in the atlantic’s ocean. The climate along the Norwegian cost isn’t really cold. So for my experience in summer i had beautiful day and once hot day, very impressive at this lattitude. For exemple the location  was much above the south or Groenland. And here intead to have again snow or ice, we can find forest with many big trees, shrubs, and nice gardens with rustic plants,  that we can find sometimes in a continental climate. The temperature in July for me was between 8° and 12° during the night (but as the night is very short the lower temperature doesn’t stay a long time).  And during the day and the afternoon it was between 12° and 26°. So a big difference depending of the sun and the place. Like i said i had an extraordinay weather during one day and a half with 26°. I could drive with my windows opened  and i was in t-shirt in the campsite all the evening. So it was cool. However it is rarely so the average temperature in despite of this was normally between 15° and 20°. I could go a little in the sea, trying to for a swim in perfect beach with perfect weater. It was so tempting. The water was cold around 12° i think but i could walk on the water until my hips, bare chest. If really you are strong maybe you can swim totally on the water.