10 lessons learned while car-camping in Norway
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For part of my summer, I embarked on a road trip across Norway, making the most of the country's relaxed camping rules to sleep in a car throughout. Here are a couple of top tips I learnt along the way. 1. Pack as much as possible Norway is expensive. This is just an inconvenient truth, but not an unavoidable one. With a mattress in the back of a car, you have already cut a huge section out of possible expenses. Add some durable essentials such as canned foods, camping cooking equipment, toilet paper, and anything else you can avoid buying in Norway and you'll find the costs continually shrinking. 2. Always look down
include: an impeccable music taste, snack distribution, and photography.
'Never look down' may be some comfort to those who are uncomfortable with the vertigo common up in Norway's mountains, but it is poor economic advice for supermarket shopping in Norway. By shopping for your own food the vertiginous prices can be escaped, but the best deals to be found on supermarket shelves are always at the bottom. 3. Everything good happens after two During the summer, Norwegian days never end. Darkness never truly envelopes the sky and as a result, sunsets are a long and gradual interplay of colours. The length of daylight is not only useful for travelling throughout the day, but also provide for amazing night-time viewing. Being able to leave the travelling to the morning gives a care-free afternoon and evening under some of the most beautiful skies in the world. 4. A friend is a stranger you've only just met If the environment shapes the individual, one would expect the people of Norway to be rugged yet beautiful, often reaching great heights, but most importantly hospitable to foreign travellers. Never had my question "Do you have any suggestions" been met with anything other than the most jovial and helpful advice coupled with expert local knowledge. And... when your car gets stuck descending a steep drop, before long, three cars will stop each offering help and tow you out of peril. 5. Mark your territory Deepening our primal roots is a very useful instinct when camping in Norway. When you have found the Elysium you have spent the day searching to camp on, mark it. Spread your picnic blanket, open your car doors, make as much of a statement so passing cars will decide to move on. While it is nice to meet new people, it is a completely different experience to have a small patch of paradise to yourself.
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