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Vanlife - The Beginning

Our dream came true! We bought a van!

So here’s the whole story...

In the warm autumn of 2021, while we were still living in the sunny Gran Canaria, the idea of van life was born. Living in a car was always on my TODO list, and it moved to the top 3 after listening to all the amazing stories told by my boyfriend. Hearing about the freedom and happiness he experienced in Australia while living in his van made me want to make that dream come true ASAP. After many calculations of resources and plans, the final decision was taken. It wasn’t the time for it. Maybe some other time in the future.

And this time came! We moved to Norway in 2022. Meanwhile, working in a hotel, we lived in one of the hotel rooms. Everything was perfect, but Norway isn’t the best country for people without a car. Don’t get me wrong, you can get everywhere by buses, ferries, and trains. The only problem is that it will take you half a lifetime. We went from Røldal to Andalsnes by bus, well actually 2. That trip took us a total of 16 hours, compared to a car ride that takes only 9 hours. Moreover, how can we resist the van life and camping around in a country with the law of "Allemannsretten” (every man’s right)? Meaning exactly what you read. Freedom to roam. You can camp everywhere with few exceptions. Just make sure you are 150 meters from a house or type of property. You will also find signs forbidding camping in a few national parks, privately owned, and industrial building areas. Having a car and a bed in the back is just the perfect combination for a weekend getaway, right?