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Driving in Northern Norway

Driving car in Norway, and especially in our Northern region, is a good way to see and experience a lot of places during your visit around Lyngenfjord.

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You can rent a car with AVIS to come to the Lyngenfjord.

The roads in Lyngenfjord are narrow and winding and can be a challenge for drivers  who are used to big, straight roads with a lot of traffic. It is important to follow the speed limit which lies between 50 km/ and 80 km/h depend on town or countryside.

Driving in winter

In a region with a lot of weather like fog, rain, snow and ice, the vehicle speed must be adapted to all kinds of conditions. The equipment in the car is also important; snow chains are good, warm clothing if something is happening along the way and snow shovel if you are getting stuck. Check whether your cooling water is manage temperatures down to -30 C and do not mix any water in it.

The streets are being plowing from snow regularly but there´s always a layer of ice during wintertime so be careful. The Polar night makes the roads cold and slippery so again, keep the speed limits and be extra careful when you meet other cars on the narrow parts.  

Legal alcohol limit

The alcohol limit in Norway for driving is 0,2 per thousand; so low that you should refrain from drinking alcohol at all. The Norwegians are rigorous and drinking and driving will not be tolerated in any way. If you are being taken by the police, you risk heavy penalties.  

Other rules

The car lights must be switch on during the whole day and is required by law in addition to the use of seat belts.

Making a phone call using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you do not use a speakerphone.

The police monitor the traffic regularly and there are very many automatic flash units, especially on the way between Tromsø and Lyngenfjord. If you are being stopped for a driving speed violation, the penalties are very high and generally, you have to pay immediately.

Convoy driving

In real bad weather, the risk for convoy driving increases in our region. The cars then have to stand in a queue, waiting for the convoy escort vehicle to give a sign and then follow it over the affected area. The reasons for convoy driving can be roadwork in tunnels or when there is so much snow that you have to close the road in between for the snowplow. There are some rules you have to follow in a convoy:

- See over the possibility to drive another way

- You need to have snow tyres on the car and make sure that you bring warm clothes, food, drinks, headlight and an ice scrape

- Use hazard-warning lights when driving in the convoy

- Keep your eyes on the vehicle in front of you

- Be aware of the speed limit

- Do not use your cell phone while driving

- Do not leave the car


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