Norway is a long, narrow country. It has large areas of high mountains, great forests and lakes, and deep fjords.
In the old days, it was not easy to travel around Norway, but now roads have been built across almost the entire country. There is a well-developed public transport network. Public means of transport include buses, trains, passenger ferries, car ferries and aeroplanes.
There are around 50,000 islands along the Norwegian coastline and about 2,000 of these are inhabited. Some islands have bridges to the mainland, while other islands only have ferry links. In recent years, underground tunnels linking several islands to the mainland have also been constructed. If you travel by car, train or bus in Norway you will often drive through tunnels in mountains.
If you want to check departure times, arrival times, stopping places and the like for public means of transport in Norway, you can visit websites like NSB, rutebok.no or others belonging to various transport companies.
Most of the roads in Norway are publicly owned. The state is responsible for maintaining major roads, in other words classified roads and motorways, while some roads are the responsibility of the county and others, the local authority.
Sometimes when you travel on private roads you have to pay a toll. This is also true for some public roads, for example when driving into a major city, driving through a tunnel, over a bridge, or on an ordinary stretch of road. Charging tolls to finance major road projects has become more common.
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