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The Norwegian right to roam the countryside

Camping in campervan, Loen

It is not just the amazing nature in Norway that makes road trips in a campervan so unique, it is also the right to roam on the countryside. The “allmannsrett” gives you the right to roam the countryside (Uncultivated land) – no matter who owns the land. However, there are some points that are important to know about the allmannsrett before exploring Norway.

The difference between cultivated and uncultivated land

Outdoor recreation is an important part of Norwegian cultural heritage. From centuries we have been free to roam the countryside, in woodlands and meadows, on rivers and lakes, amidst coastal islets and mountain summits. This allows you to go camping anywhere in uncultivated lands. It is therefore necessary to know the difference between cultivated lands, and uncultivated lands. Cultivated lands, in simple terms, is land such as farms yards, residential and domestic sites, gardens, industrial estates, tilled fields, and similar areas where public access would inconvenience the landowner. Uncultivated land on the other hand Is all land which is not cultivated, and include most woods, forests, mountains, marshlands, and beaches. To insure that you are on uncultivated land, you have to camp at least 150 meters away from the nearest inhabited building.

If you are camping in the summer season, it is important to know that it is not allowed to light a campfire between 15. April to 15. September in uncultivated land. However, many municipalities have established campfire and barbecue areas, we recommend researching this before going on your campervan trip.

Campervan T2 in lofoten

Rules to follow when parking your campervan in uncultivated land

Please check whether special rules or restrictions apply in the area where you intend to camp

• Show due caution if lighting a campfire, and extinguish it completely before you leave the site

• Never cause damage to trees when gathering firewood – pick dry twigs from the ground instead

• Never light a campfire on bare bedrock – the rock may crack

• Put your tent up on a site where you will not intrude on animals or birds, especially during the breeding and nesting season

• Never leave a permanent trace in the vegetation or landscape

• Never intrude on grazing livestock

• Respect other users’ wish for silence and a good distance to neighboring tents

How to find a camping spot in uncultivated land

We recommend you use Park4Night app to find camping spots in uncultivated land. The app is essentially a database of parking spots and is constantly updating and evolving every day. All the different camping spots are color coded and use different symbols to differentiate themselves from one another. The different symbols are; near nature, campsite, parking, and service area. The spots have reviews from previous campers, and usually pictures – so you can easily find the most scenic places to camp for the night.

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