Drone regulations in Norway
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 copters, there are three categories:
- 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, an Operators License is necessary.
Overview: Drone rules in Norway
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Further rules for drone pilots in Norway
Drones must always be operated within visual line of sight in Norwegian airspace. The maximum permissible ascent altitude is 120 meters (400 feet).
A duty to have drone insurance exists only for commercial users in Norway. However, having liability insurance is always recommended.
There is no weight limit for private drones. Commercial users should look at the classification mentioned above.
Safety distances and flight bans
Your copter must keep a distance of 5 kilometers to Norwegian airports.
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.
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 uninvolved persons, vehicles, and buildings. Do not fly above festivals, sporting events, military property or accident sites.
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.
Good to know: The same laws as in Norway apply in Svalbard.
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!