Have you seen all of these lists showing the best roads in the world? Last summer in Norway we had the opportunity to see one of these “roads to drive before you die” according to the ranking by Twisted Sifer and we have to admit, it’s worth it.
Even if we are hitch-hiking addicts, after some time in Vikings’ land we discovered it’s rather slow and difficult. Slow, because of all these spectacular mountains, ferries through fjords, sharp turns and quite difficult at least for three girls with big backpacks (and even bigger tent). After month of traveling around the Norway, when we were chilling with our host and discussing our future plans on suburbs of Stavanger, he told us about interesting opportunity.
He has shown us a website where car renting companies are looking for people who can relocate their cars from place to place, they don’t offer the money but you can use their car and they pay for the gas. Of course we got excited (but also standoffish) when we heard about it. We checked the webpage and with help of our host (because website is in Norwegian) we registered there. We couldn’t do more. We had to wait.
Few days later Wiola we were driving red Peugeot from Bergen to Ålesund. We had so much fun driving Norwegian winding roads, listening to music and singing aloud the worst Polish songs. As soon as we arrived to Norway, we knew that we want to see two unique routes – the longest tunnel in Europe and the Atlantic Road, recognized as an engineering project of the century. Driving through the tunnel in Laerdal was initially exciting, but we got weary. Almost 25 kilometers of underground road made us miss the sight of the fjords. But we passed Atlantic Road three times (mainly because of a hitchhiker). Wiola didn’t let us enjoy the views of unusually constructed road for a long time. As soon as we saw this guy walking in the opposite direction, she gunned the engine and turned on the first possible place to take him. We knew that we have to return the car soon, so we couldn’t move back too far. But hitchhiker walking narrow side of the road, where it was difficult to find a suitable place to stop, could have a problem to find another driver. Therefore, we decided to give him a lift to the nearest bus stop. Soon after, we had to say goodbye to “our” car, but it became obvious that this is not our last adventure with Returbil.
If you are interested in the opportunity to see Norway from the perspective of the driver, we prepared a short “guide”, in the form of frequently asked questions. You will learn how to sign up and use the site Returbil. It’s quite simple, but from our experience we know that you can have some doubts.
1. Do I need international driving license?
No, Polish driving license is acceptable.
2. Is there any age requirement?
In 99% of cases – no, but if you want to drive more than 1000 km per one time they might expect you to be over 25 years old. But if you’re experienced user of Returbill or you just seem trustworthy for rental companies it’s possible to skip this restriction.
3. Do I need Norwegian address to register?
They don’t mind if you write in this box your Polish address, so you don’t have to look for a friend with Norwegian address. You can have a problem with postal code, but don’t worry, write there anything, rental car will check and scan your driving license in the office.
4. Do I need a Norwegian phone number?
No, you can enter the Polish number in the box on the additional information.
5. Should I have the protection amount of NOK 10,000 physically in my account?
No, only your credit card number will be written without “freezing” funds in your account.
6. Is there a limit of kilometers?
No, the only limit is the time when you have to return the car.