Norway

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Information
Language: Norwegian, Sami
Capital: Oslo
Population: 4,770,000

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Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Hitchability: Average.png (average) to Good.png (good)
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Norway is a good country to hitch in, of course depending on location! It is a member state of the Schengen Agreement.

Even though haike is not too common in Norway, Norwegians are very likely to pick you up and can be very friendly and helpful. People have a tendency to always be in a rush on weekdays. The main thing to be aware of is the rapidly shifting weather, so be prepared for anything, as they say in Norway: There is nothing called bad weather, only bad clothing. Most people speak English well enough for reasonable communication. One thing that makes hitching easy in Norway is that almost all of the population lives near the E6 road, which extends from Italy to almost all the way north, so it's pretty hard to get lost, as long as you are headed the right way. Hithing is much easier in the beautiful north (at least in the summer), where many locals hitch regularly to commute.

It is illegal to hitch on the expressway in Norway, but not illegal from rest stops or at on-ramps. It is legal to camp out almost anywhere if it is a good distance from a private house, but not permanently.

Cities

Sigurdas hitch-hiking somewhere in the middle of Norway. January 2002.

Regions of Norway

Language

  • north - nord
  • south - sør
  • West - vest
  • East - øst

Vowels: Vowels are pronounced very differently in Norwegian as opposed to English

  • A pronounsed "ah" as in bar
  • E pronounsed "eh" as in heck
  • I pronounsed "e" as in here or "i" as in hill
  • O pronounsed "w" as in willy and in other times, "o" as in hockey
  • U pronounsed "oo" as in poop
  • Y pronounsed "y" as in young
  • Æ pronounsed "a" as in hack
  • Ø pronounsed "uh" as in hull
  • Å pronounsed "o" as in hockey

Aditionally, the consonant J and the combination GJ is pronounsed the same way you would pronounce Y (young). For instance, "jobb" (work) would be pronounced "yobb".

User Experiences

ReZz is a dude, and he has found that Trondheim one of the worst places to hitch from. Still, he has done it, even in the winter, all the way to Oslo in the South and Hammerfest/North Cape in the extreme North. Sadly, I must say that one steadfast rule of hitchhiking has to be amended. Although I am a polyglot and love language, I must say that if you are not white, speak English to people. Norwegians are extremely wary of foreigners and any nonwhite who speaks English is assumed to be a refugee. Still, a lot of white women tell me that truckers are very friendly and that the hitching is great if you go out to the shipping areas around Dyre Halsels Gate and north of Stradveien. This has not worked for me. They love foreign tourists, though, as long as you keep telling them that you love Norway.
abstorz is a dude, and hitched from Trondheim to Oslo and back in March/April. Both trips took one day. From Oslo he was able to hitch a ride onto the motorway behind the tunnel in the area of Etterstad, from Trondheim he took the bus to Heimdal and walked another couple of miles to a bus stop. Once on the motorway everything went fine. He took the route over Oppdal/Dombås. Check Liftershalte for exact locations, or find better ones!