1. The ideal time to travel and the best places
Norway, with its picturesque fjords and snow-covered landscapes, offers ideal conditions for winter camping. The best time to see the Northern Lights is between October and March. Places like Tromsø, Lofoten and Finnmark are considered hotspots for this natural phenomenon. When choosing when and places to travel, it is important to keep local weather conditions and aurora activity in mind.
2. The right camper and the right equipment
A winter-proof camper is crucial for comfortable winter camping. Choose a type of RV with a powerful heater to stay warm even in freezing temperatures. Insulated clothing, including waterproof and windproof layers, and warm blankets are essential. All-wheel drive is also absolutely necessary, especially in regions with a lot of snow, so that you don't get stuck in the snow. Don't forget to have snow chains with you for optimal progress on snowy roads.
In order not to freeze your butt off when you go to the toilet outside, we recommend our dry separation toilet for your camper, which is not only environmentally friendly, but also makes your camping trip more comfortable. If you don't drive your own camper but rent one, it's good to know that some camper rental companies offer special winter equipment, such as winter tires and thermal window covers, to keep out the cold. A special highlight for your camper could be the separation toilet from Boxio, which is not only environmentally friendly but also makes the camping experience more comfortable.
3. Northern Lights: Experience a natural spectacle from the camper
The camper not only offers protection from the cold temperatures, but also a perfect viewing platform for the Northern Lights. Make sure the campsite you choose is away from major cities to get the best possible view of the Aurora Borealis. A blanket and a cup of hot cocoa make the experience even cozier.
Finding the Northern Lights: Tips and Tricks
To have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights, keep these tips in mind:
- Use Aurora Forecast: Find out about current aurora forecasts that show when and where the probability of northern lights activity is highest.
- Away from light sources: Choose a campsite that is away from urban light to maximize the visibility of the Northern Lights.
- Prefer clear nights: Northern lights are best visible when the sky is clear. Follow the weather forecasts and choose nights with as few clouds as possible.
- Early Evening: The best chances of seeing the Northern Lights are often in the early evening hours. Be prepared to be on the lookout before midnight.
- Patience and Perseverance: Northern Lights can be unpredictable. Be patient and be prepared to stay up all night so as not to miss the spectacular light display.
4. Norwegian winter activities for campers
Norway offers a variety of outdoor activities in winter that are ideal for campers. From skiing and snowboarding to dog sledding and reindeer safaris, there are plenty of options for adventure seekers to explore Norway's stunning nature. Depending on what you have planned, it definitely makes sense to plan a rough route in advance so that you get your money's worth.
5. Local delicacies and culinary discoveries
Norwegian winter cuisine is characterized by hearty and traditional dishes. Enjoy local specialties such as smoked salmon, cod and traditional winter soups. Warm up in cold temperatures with hot drinks like Gløgg, a Norwegian mulled wine.
6. Safety precautions and travel arrangements
Winter camping requires careful preparation to travel safely and comfortably. Find out about current road conditions, weather conditions and possible challenges. Make sure your camper is winter-proof and that you have the necessary equipment for all eventualities, including a first aid kit, tools and winter tires. Find out about the emergency numbers and the nearest supply points. Especially if you plan to travel away from tourism, you should make sure that you can get help even without a cell phone network.
7. Capture memories
Who doesn't know it, a few years after a trip like this, you quickly forget little details that you would like to remember together. Maybe you would like to keep a travel diary or capture your memories with a Polereut camera.
Pack your winterized camper, arm yourself against the cold and let yourself be enchanted by Norway's winter splendor. Winter camping in a camper in Norway not only promises the opportunity to experience the Northern Lights, but also a journey through one of the most beautiful and adventurous landscapes in the world. We wish you a lot of fun on your trip.
Your Boxio team