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RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

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RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

We will be driving through the Norwegian countryside in May on the RV40 from Oslo Rygge to Eidfjord and wanted to know where on that route are the best places to stop for rest and lunch (for example restaurants on the highway). At the moment, google doesn't really say much about this route. Also, public restrooms seem to be rare on this highway?!

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Harstad, Norway
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1. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

Riksvei 40 is not exactly a highway - it is more of a country road like most roads in Norway. Please use street view on google maps to give you an idea.

http://goo.gl/maps/9fzi9

You need a local map to find petrol stations/rest areas/eateries. Perhaps make a stop at Marché Rygge to buy your map or buy before you leave (Cappelen Veikart).

Haukelisæter is a popular place to stop for a meal.

www.haukeliseter.no/index.php?fo_id=7064

Oslo
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2. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

Road 40 through Numedal valley is an ordinary two-lane undivided country road. Numedal is a peaceful valley. It's known for the large number of ancient wood buildings, notably stave churches.

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http://numedalsruta.no/images/IMG_2468.JPG

At Kongsberg you can visit the silver mines, now Kongsberg is a small town, but once was Norway's most important town after Bergen (and Trondheim).

There is a couple of long hills up/down when you approach Geilo

London, United...
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3. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

hi there,

Thanks for the responses, very helpful indeed! Haukelisæter is a bit further afield for us unfortunately, as we only have 2 and a half days to drive to and from Eidfjord back to Oslo.However, I have checked and there are some cafes and restaurants on the route (although not near each other which is a shame!). Also, I'm vegetarian (bordering on vegan) would it be easy for me to find something to eat on this route at all?

Thanks!

Oslo
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4. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

Haukelisæter is on road E134, not road 40.

There are no towns after Kongsberg, only villages, Geilo is a small town (winter sport resort). In small places the cafe may only have a salad for vegetarians. You can also buy stuff in grocery shops.

Harstad, Norway
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5. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

Hot dogs and sandwiches are the most usual at petrol stations in addition to snacks like crisps and peanuts. I suggest you bring a survival kit from home and opt for picnics. Most Norwegians would not even know what a vegan is and foods are not marked "suitable for" like they are in the UK. Milk, cheese and eggs are staples in our diet. In cities you should do ok, in the countryside like Hardanger I suggest you would need a self catering accomodation.

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6. Re: RV40 Norwegian route to Eidfjord from Oslo Rygge

Many hotels in Norway now provide vegetarian and organic options among many other choices on the breakfast buffet and in rural locations at least you can usually pay a little extra to make a packed lunch from the breakfast buffet. You can then use some of the wonderful roadside picnic areas which will be signposted on whichever road you take. Some of these picnic areas will have WCs.

Hotels will always provide a vegetarian option as an evening meal if you ask for it when you check in.

It's not possible to recommend where to stay overnight without knowing what time you arrive and depart at Rygge. Including Haukeliseter would make a very good round trip to include the Hardangerfjord and returning from Eidfjord via Geilo.

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