Driving from London to Oslo, NorwayWatch
Yeah I did think that was quite a lot for London - Milan.
I'd say London - Oslo and back for £800 is the maximum and that's an extra 350 miles each way.
The journey London-Oslo is 1100 miles and I'd imagine Nordic petrol prices are some of the most expensive in Europe.
Lets say a good modern average diesel vehicle will get you 350 miles minimum on a full tank of good/motorway driving. Say the worst full tank fill up imaginable is £70 and then add 2 additonal tanks for spares.
There and back that would come to about £740 maximum.
So I've got a couple of weeks off at Christmas and this is something I've always wanted to do. Just wondering if anyone has done anything similar ?
Besides the Channel Tunnel I want to do it strictly by road, therefore I'd make my way to Denmark either through The Netherlands and/or Germany to Copenhagen before crossing the Oresund Bridge into Malmo in Sweden and then heading North towards Norway.
I've got savings but I'd need to hire a car for the journey. Can anyone provide information on hire companies that do one-way travel through Europe ?
Also any general tips would be grand.
There are a few problems with your plans. The first one is if you rent a car from UK most don't allow you to take it out of the country. You might be better off renting the car in France or Germany instead. This would be a good thing too as the car would be LHD. You might want to check whether the tyres these cars are equipped with would be legal for usage in Norway as during that time your car will need either winter or all season tyres and you must also have tyre chains. I won't recommend you drive a car in Norway during that time of the year unless it has studded winter tyres, this is especially the case if you don't have much winter driving experiences on hilly or mountain type terrains.
Lots of places will be closed for the winter and many places don't open from the 24/12 to the 2/1 so it will be one boring trip. The other thing to take into account is most hotels will charge you an arm and a leg to stay there if they are open. Will also be dark and wet almost the entire time.
Rentals, both Europcar and Hertz are good ones but its going to cost you a lot of money to do a one way. My guess is if you pick up a car in Paris and drop it off in Oslo a week later it will cost you upwards of £1500 and fuel my guess is if you rent a small car it would be around £150 or so.
Much better imo (and cheaper) to fly up to Oslo, hire a car and drive around for a bit with all the necessary equipment already in tow, than to incur additional expense for much diminished returns.
Thanks both for the info.
I'm starting to change my mind about the idea of driving after all the info I've been presented with - it seems like it would be right a bit of a struggle. Think I had a slightly rosy view of the trip as a whole.
Think I'll just go to Oslo for a visit in the Winter and do a driving trip next summer.