Driving the Atlantic Road in Norway with a motorhome.

After a night in Trondheim, Norway, we set off heading south on the E39 highway. This coastal road is 830 miles long and actually ends in Denmark. There are a total of 7 ferry crossings included on the route, as well as the famous Atlantic Road, which is the subject of this blog.

The amazing Atlantic Road bridge in Norway.

Passing through several tunnels and winding its way through snow capped mountain passes and along spectacular fjords the road is every bit as to how you might imagine a road in Norway to look. We stopped several times to admire the view before stopping for the night at a free motorhome parking area at Halsa. (Coordinates N63°4’6″ E8°13’54”)

Halsa free overnight stop.

Ferries in Norway

Halsa is one of the many places where we needed to catch a ferry across Halsafjorden to reach Kanestraum. Ferries are an inevitable form of transport in Norway. They save drivers many miles circumnavigating the large fjords. The cost of ferries depends on the length of your vehicle. For example, on the Halsa ferry the cost for a vehicle up to 6 metres long with 2 passengers is £14 and between 6 and 7 metres length the cost is £28 so there is a considerable difference in the ferry price if your motorhome is over 6 metres, which ours is! Even the local bus , number 905 to Trondheim used the ferry as you can see below.

Halsa ferry.

The Halsa to Kanestraum ferry takes about 20 minutes and we then followed the E39 highway before turning off at the 70 towards Kristiansund. This road included two incredible 5.7km tunnels, one of which was so steep it was hard to keep the speed within the limit.

The Atlantic Road – The worlds best road trip

The Atlantic Road has been ranked the worlds best road trip by The Guardian and the Norwegian people voted the road ‘the construction of the century’. The road was opened in 1989 and a series of 8 bridges connects small islands on the edge of The Atlantic Ocean. The road runs between Kristiansund and Bud. There are many places to stop and we found another free overnight parking spot overlooking the sea. Coordinates N63° 1′ 16.9″ E7°22’56”

Our motorhome parked up on The Atlantic Road in Norway.

The iconic Storseisundet bridge on The Atlantic Road in Norway is the longest and most stunning of the 8 bridges that connect the islands. When we were there in May, the weather was clear and calm but during the many storms the area has the spray can often reach the bridge span itself. The drive on this road is an unforgettable experience. The scenery is stunning. The motorhome overnight stops are fantastic and there are plenty of free service points at supermarkets and petrol stations.

I made a short You Tube video of our drive on The Atlantic Road that you can see below.

Driving over the Atlantic Road bridge in a motorhome.
Pedestrian walkway on The Atlantic Road, Norway

We ended our 2 day journey at Molde and decided to spend 2 nights on a campsite so we could do our washing. The washing machine wasn’t great and struggled to cope with the contents of our washing bag but the view from our motorhome absolutely made up for it. I wonder whether I’ll get bored of these views? I’ll let you know in another 5 weeks when we leave Norway and head back to the UK.

Our motorhome on the Molde campsite in Norway.

Driving from Sweden to Norway on the E14


The E14 runs from Sundsvall on the coast of Sweden to Trondheim on the west coast of Norway, a total of 448km and we have just driven along this incredible road in our motorhome.

We are on a motorhome trip and visiting Denmark, Sweden and Norway. As we drove west from Sundsvall we made several stops to take in the breathtaking beauty of the landscape around us. We passed huge lakes, several of which were still frozen after a long very cold winter. The ice must have been very thick because the temperature was a warm 20c although the rivers were flooded as the ice was melting.

Flooded river due to melting snow just off the E14 in Sweden.

The Swedish rest stops are excellent on the E14. They have toilets, picnic tables, beautiful views and many have motorhome waste emptying points.

Our motorhome parked near to the facilities on the E14 in Sweden.

There are also several reststops where you can park a motorhome and stay overnight for free, although you may have to put up with road noise from passing traffic on the E14.

The E14 road was very quiet when we drove it in May. At times it seemed like it was just our motorhome on the road and we had all the wonderful scenery to ourselves, and then a huge lorry would appear carrying logs, destined to be turned no doubt into Ikea furniture!

Campsite with our own huge waterfall

Rather than spend a free night on the E14 we decided to head for a campsite about a mile from the main road and this turned out to be a good call as we ended up staying two nights at Ristafallet Camping. With only 30 pitches we were parked up next to one of Sweden’s most picturesque waterfalls. The Ristafallet waterfall is 50 metres wide, 14 metres high and it was in full flow as the winter snow melted. It is an awesome sight. The owner of the campsite told us that there had been nearly 2 metres of snow on the ground only 2 weeks ago but now we were bathed in wonderful warm sunshine, which we hadn’t expected so far north.

We decided to have a rest day at Ristafallet as the weather was a warm and sunny 23c. We did walk along the nearby nature trial along the side of the raging river and waterfall to take more photos but apart from that we got our deckchairs out and relaxed. This part of Sweden could be Alaska or Canada. We even saw logs floating down the river and over the waterfall which was a fascinating sight.

Driving the E14 in our motorhome.

After two nights listening to noise of a huge waterfall at Ristafallet we set off again west on the spectacular E14. The scenery became more dramatic as we got nearer the Norwegian border. Huge forests as far as the eye can see, frozen lakes, raging white water rivers and snow capped mountains for over 100 miles. There are warning signs for elkes and several ski resorts including Åre where the last remaining snow was melting in the 23c heat.

A few miles from the Norwegian border we stopped at the Euro Cash Swedish supermarket and stocked up on some fresh food. The supermarket was in the middle of nowhere and the store was full of Norwegians who had driven across the border to take advantage of cheaper prices.

The Swedish/ Norwegian border was not what I expected. We didn’t need to stop and there was nobody there to check passports so we were left with a 60 mile drive to Trondheim.

The E14 eventually meets Trondheimsfjorden and then through a series of very long tunnels, the longest of which was 3.7km, reaches Norway’s 3rd largest city, Trondheim.

About 40 Norwegian motorhomes at Trondheim and us!

There is a motorhome parking area at Nyhavna with room for 50 motorhomes. It was busy but there were a few spaces left. We paid the overnight cost of 250 NOK (£25) at the machine and walked into Trondheim. Trondheim is a university city with 30,000 students and most seemed to be missing lectures to sunbathe or drink in the many waterfront bars. Trondheim was once the capital of Norway during the Viking age.

Trondheim Norway

After walking around Trondheim in hot weather I said that I needed a beer and it just so happened that we were standing outside a bar. I ordered 2 large beers at a cost of £12.75, about what I expected!

Speed cameras on the E14

There are lots of speed cameras on the E14 in Sweden. There is little warning to slow down and the speed cameras are not easy to see. Speed limits can suddenly reduce from 100km an hour to 70km an hour.

Toll roads in Sweden and Norway

Sweden has no tolls on its motorways. We drove hundreds of miles on good roads without having to pay.

Norway, however, has toll roads and toll tunnels. There are no manned toll booths but a system of cameras is used called AutoPass. I read before driving in Norway that foreign vehicles might not get charged but I didn’t want to take the risk so I registered with Euro Parking Collection (EDC), the official toll collection agency for foreign vehicles, and they will send me an invoice within 3 months.

Old bridge in Trondheim
Trondheim cathedral
First stop in Norway on E14 is a great picnic spot.

 

 

Stuff! Our obsession with materialism.

Are we all obsessed with materialism? I have started the process of going through my belongings to get rid of as much ‘stuff’ that I can as possible before we move from a house to a motorhome to tour Europe. We are selling our house and going to live in a motorhome that is 7 metres long, 2.3 metres wide and 2.7 metres high. This is going to be a challenge but one that we are very excited about but I have realised that we own far too much stuff that we don’t need.

Yesterday I had an eBay sale and made a few quid selling things that we don’t use. I sold a guitar amp that I have not used for two years for £75. I have another better amp and I don’t need two.  Most of us are obsessed with materialism. Is that good for us?

Downsizing from a house to a motorhome for 6-12 months is a bit of a problem because of the amount of belongings we have. Computers, printers, speakers, desks, drawers, radios, cables, gadgets, documents, extension cables, shredder, 3 x bikes, a shed full of tools and gardening equipment, clothes we don’t wear any more. I could go on and on. The list is endless. Oh I forgot furniture such as bedside tables and dining room tables/chairs.

We need to go to a car boot sale to sell a lot of stuff including dozens of books. I like books so we will put our best ones into storage along with our best furniture. Getting rid of all this is going to take some time but I think it will feel very liberating.

In preparation for our motorhome adventure I have been watching some YouTube videos about people living in tiny houses and it’s amazing how they all seem to love it and look perfectly content with life and their release from materialism. I think the key is that they all have other priorities in life other than working to buy bigger houses full of more stuff! That’s the message I’m getting from watching YouTube video’s  about people touring in their motorhome and spending several months living in a small space. In the USA many people live in their RV. Watch one of the video’s about life in an RV. You might be converted!

I think it’s important to realise that a motorhome is where you sleep and cook as well as sit when the weather is bad. The rest of the time you have the biggest living room in the world because the sky and outdoors is yours to use!

We have started the job of looking for storage for our furniture and other belongings that we are keeping. The two quotes I have got so far are for about £130 per month for 75 sq feet of storage space. A better option, offered by a removal firm, is for our belongings to be put into a big crate and for that to be stored in a warehouse. That works out at about £40 per crate per month so that might be the best option.

If you have moved from a house to a motorhome please leave a comment below with any advice that you can offer.