In this article, we collected all the relevant rules for the use of drones in Norway.
In Norway, drones used for leisure activities belong to model aircraft. For all other multicopters there is a subdivision in three categories in Norway:
- RO 1: drones up to a take-off weight of 2.5 kilograms and with a maximum speed of 60 knots (111 km/h). Drones of the RO1 category must have a fail-safe function. Pilots only have to make a statement that they adhere to the relevant rules for this type.
- RO 2: flying weight up to 25 kilograms and a maximum speed of 80 knots. This class requires licensing of the pilot.
- RO 3: All maneuvers exceeding previous specifications.
For flights in categories, RO 2 and RO 3 is an Operators License necessary.
Maximum flight altitude: The maximum permissible ascent altitude is 120 meters (400 feet) for drones in Norway.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones must always be operated within sight in Norwegian airspace.
Compulsory insurance: A duty to insure your drone exists only for commercial users in Norway. However, the conclusion of a Police is always recommended.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): There is no weight limit for private drones. The weight classes mentioned above apply to commercial users.
Distance to airports: Your multicopter must keep a distance of 5 kilometers to Norwegian airports.
Flight Ban: You are not allowed to fly with a drone within 1 mile of the Oslo Castle. To find other No-Fly-Zones, you can use the map on safetofly.no. In particular, you should have “forbudsområder” and “vernesoner” displayed on the map.
Other safe distances: Model aircraft (private drones) must keep a distance of 150 meters to persons, buildings and any traffic. Commercial drones have to maintain 150 meters to gatherings of people (from 100 people) and 50 meters to uninhabited persons, vehicles, and buildings.
Time of operations: Drones flights are allowed at night only under the supervision of a model sports club. Commercial pilots must fulfill special conditions to carry out night flights.
Regulations for commercial pilots: Approvals must be obtained for the individual categories (see above).
Good to know: The same laws apply in Svalbard as in Norway.
Helpful links: FAQs of the aviation authority, the text of the law, graphics with rules for leisure flights
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Norway to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Norway!