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How much does it cost to get a driver’s licence in Norway? 

There's no greater freedom than being able to hit the open road. But, unfortunately, in Norway, getting a driving licence normally requires a decent chunk of time and money. 

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Many European countries have different limits for drinking and driving. Pictured is a car on the road. (Photo by Darya Tryfanava on Unsplash.)

So, you’re finally thinking of taking the plunge and learning to drive, or maybe you’re from a country where your driving licence isn’t valid to exchange or use in Norway? 

Either way, you’re probably wondering how much it’ll set you back to get on the road in Norway. 

The short answer is that it will be a lot. Between the high cost of required lessons, exam fees and money you’ll spend on extra tuition to get you up to scratch, you’ll be looking at a reasonably hefty bill to get your førerkort

What do you need to do to get a licence? 

In addition to being expensive, getting a licence in Norway is an arduous task. However, this is probably for the better, given the driving conditions during the winter. 

There are four steps to getting a licence. You can click here to search for traffic schools approved by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Before starting your lessons, you will need to take a basic traffic course. The course is mandatory and consists of 17 hours of instruction. The course doesn’t involve any driving. Once completed, you’ll receive your learner permit. 

The course covers traffic awareness, what to do in an accident, first aid and other practical information you’ll need ahead of your lessons. There will also be demonstrations, such as driving in the dark.

The nighttime driving and first aid sections are mandatory for people of all ages. The rest is only compulsory for those who are under 25. 

Once you’ve completed this, you can move on to the next step, basic training. This covers how to control the car to other basics, such as changing washer fluid. Once this is complete, you will need to pass an assessment on step two. 

The third step involves driving in different environments, such as the city, suburbs and country roads. Afterwards, there will be a safety course on a practice track. This course is mandatory and lasts four hours. Once you’ve done this, there’ll be an end of step assessment.

After this, you’ll move on to the fourth step, which includes four modules that last for 13 hours in total. 

After this, you’ll be ready for your final test. You will need to pass your theory test before taking the practical one. You can take your theory anytime between the 1st and 4th step. 

READ ALSO: Would you pass the Norwegian driving theory test?

How much will this all cost? 

All in all, this will cost most people upwards of 30,000 kroner. As much as 40,000 kroner is also considered reasonable. This cost will depend on how many hours you need and the school you choose to learn with. 

The most considerable outlay will be for the compulsory course and driving lessons, according to Kjøresmart.no. The mandatory training costs between 12,000 and 15,000 kroner alone. 

Exam expenses will range between 4,000 and 5,000 kroner. The practical test costs 1,100 kroner if you pay online. Theory tests cost 320 kroner per attempt. 

The rest of the costs will go on extra driving hours. One driving hour normally costs between 600 and 800 kroner. 

If you all need to go is exchange your licence, then this will cost 400 kroner. 

How to save money

Given the steep costs, you may, for obvious reasons, want to know where you may be able to save money if possible. 

Shopping around is one way to get the best deal. Typically, the first driving school you contact may not be the cheapest. Kjøresmart.no has a price comparison option. However, they may not have all traffic schools, so it may help to do your own research. 

Buying in bulk could also help you net a significant discount. For example, buying a driving package may cost more money upfront but could give you a better deal overall. 

Ordering the driving test, theory, and fixing your licence picture is cheaper online. 

And finally, practising with a friend, relative or partner can help you save money on lessons. However, this comes with the drawback of picking up bad habits. 

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Trollstigen: Tips for driving Norway’s most famous road this summer

One of the country's most iconic roads, Trollstigen, has reopened for the summer season. But, before you buckle up and take in the spectacular scenery, there are a few things you should know. 

Trollstigen: Tips for driving Norway's most famous road this summer

Trollstigen, famous for its 11 hairpin turns draped over a breathtaking mountain pass, reopened for summer traffic on June 10th. 

Up to one million tourists, motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists are expected to take to the road in Møre og Romsdal, Western Norway. 

The road’s original reopening was delayed due to a series of avalanches in the valley this winter. The mountain pass is probably the most iconic of Norway’s 18 tourist route roads. So if you plan a trip this summer, you’ll want to know what to expect from the route. 

Where is Trollstigen? 

The road is located on country road 63 in the Rauma and Fjord municipalities in the Møre og Romsdal county of west Norway. The Geiranger to Trollstigen stretch is 104 kilometres long and has an elevation change of 1,000 metres. 

However, the most famous part of the road is the section which ascends, or descends, from Stigøra. This stretch of road is blanketed with 11 hairpin bends and is notable for being carved into the mountain, supported by stone walls and the impressive bridge which crosses the Stigfossen waterfall. 

What to see? 

Looking out of the windows will be the easiest place to start, but you shouldn’t just pass through the road and valley as there are plenty of places to stop. 

For starters, there is the large viewing platform which hovers 200 metres above the most picturesque stretch of road, with different observation points for both bold and more cautious visitors. 

Near the road’s end is Flydalsjuvet, located on the steep mountains that back onto the inner Geirangerfjord. The fjord is a UNESCO world heritage site, and the rest stop at Flydalsjuvet is excellent for taking photos.

 
 
 
 
 
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If you get hungry, you can stop at the Gudbrandsjuvet viewing point. The café there is open from 10am until 5pm every day during the summer season. 

For more inspiration on where to stop and what to see, click here

Expect some congestion too

You may be left disappointed if you dream of having the open road ahead of you and the mountain pass all to yourself. The reason for this is that during the high season, 2,000 vehicles pass the Trollstigveien Plateau. This is the equivalent of a car every 10 seconds. 

Furthermore, the route is becoming a popular cycling destination, and slower vehicles such as mobile homes, which can struggle with the inclines, also use the road. Therefore you can expect slow-moving traffic. 

This may not be the worst thing in the world, as it means you’ll have more time to take in the views. If you prefer quieter roads then it is best taking the route outside of peak hours. 

Weather in the west of Norway can’t always be relied on

Perhaps after seeing a picture of the road, it’ll be easy to imagine yourself pootling down it, or meandering up it with the sun shining, windows opening and clear skies above. 

This may not be the case as the weather in west Norway doesn’t always cooperate, and grey skies and rain are relatively common during the summer. 

Due to the altitude, weather can also affect visibility significantly, so if you plan a trip to see the road especially, you should do so when the forecast is on your side. 

Checking the weather will help give more nervous drivers a heads up to whether they can expect wet or greasy roads, while cyclists and motorbike owners can avoid having their trip ruined by bucketing rain. 

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