When to go to Bergen: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and one of its liveliest centers. Located on the west coast of the state, on the slopes of a mountain, it is a center rich in history and attractions for inhabitants and tourists.
If you are already wanting to visit Bergen we understand you, but Norway is quite complicated to visit due to the climate and the many different temperatures that change from area to area. Here is useful information to help you organize your trip and find the best season.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Bergen: the cheapest period
  3. Bergen in Spring
  4. Bergen in Summer
  5. Bergen in Autumn
  6. Bergen in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from May to September, with preference for July and August, when the days are longer and the temperatures are pleasant for visiting the fjords.
  • Period to avoid: from November to February it is very cold and the sun is almost never seen. However it is the time to see the Northern Lights, but you need to go further north towards Tromso.

Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway, and that means the city is more exposed to the influence of the sea, which creates a cool and humid climate with several perturbations in all seasons. The proximity to the sea makes Bergen less cold than you might think: in fact, its temperatures do not drop much below 0 ° and generally only happens in February, the coldest month of the year. The few hours of sunshine certainly contribute, which in winter range from 0 in December to 2 in February.
During the summer and the hottest months, temperatures almost reach 20 °, with the presence of sun even for 6 hours a day, without forgetting the rainfall which remains very frequent even in these periods.

From a climatic point of view, the best time is certainly summer, in the months from June to August, even six prices go up a bit.

When to go to Bergen: the cheapest period

The cheapest period is autumn - winter, but the climate is not the best. In this period the cold begins to be felt and the hours of sunshine are not many to enjoy the beauty of the city, but visiting it in these periods can reserve you some excellent surprises as regards prices. A stay in Bergen at the end of November could cost you even more than € 100,00 less than a stay at the end of July.

The best compromise between climate and savings is in the months of May and September, with not too cold temperatures and lower prices than in summer.

Bergen in Spring

In spring, temperatures start to rise, but they are still quite low. Between the first and second part of spring, however, the maximums undergo a sharp increase, which takes them from an average of 7 ° to double. In this period you will also find a decrease in rainy days, which however remain very frequent.
Take advantage of the rising temperatures to visit the city. During the spring, the district of Marken is not to be missed, characterized by narrow streets surrounded by classic wooden houses and typical restaurants. Also here you will find the Pinserkirken and the Galleri Bokboden, with its wonderful art collections.
Another place to visit is the Bryggen district, a UNESCO heritage site and famous all over the world for its 58 colorful houses overlooking the sea. Former seat of the Hanseatic League from the 1th to the 4th century, the district is located in the eastern part of the bay of Vågen. Of the buildings you see, only 1702/ is original: most of Bryggen's houses were rebuilt after the fire of . Today these colorful buildings are home to restaurants, shops and museums, including the Hanseatic museum. of Bergen, which traces the history of the ancient late-medieval alliance that had the monopoly of trade over Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea.

Bergen in Summer

Summer in Bergen has quite high temperatures for Norway, with lows that slightly exceed 10 °, but strangely increase rainfall compared to spring.
In this period you can take the opportunity to visit the Fjords and the Hardangerfjord. To reach it you will need about 40 minutes of travel, but it is worth making this little effort, also because here you can see the Troll's Tongue, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world.
Equally unmissable is a visit to Mount Floyen, the highest and most famous of the 7 mountains that surround the city. 320 meters high, it can be reached via the special funicular called Floibanen, which since 1918 has connected the center of Bergen to the top of the mountain.
If you are looking for a closer destination you can opt for the Bergen Aquarium, which is home to sea lions, penguins and much more.

Bergen in Autumn

The bad weather begins and it's time to look for indoor attractions. The hours of sunshine decrease, as the temperatures begin to approach 0 ° without reaching it. Autumn is the wettest season of the year, with no less than 20 rainy days per month.
This season you could visit the Kode Art Museum, made up of 4 different museums, home to the largest collection of Edward Munch's works and 3 of the 4 versions of his famous "Scream". The Kode complex includes more than 43.000 objects ranging from modern art to Chinese art.
In addition to the Kode do not miss the Troldhaugen museum, on the shores of Lake Nordaas, a few kilometers from Bergen. This museum is located in the former residence of composer Edvard Greig: it was here that he created his music during the summer holidays.

Bergen in Winter

During the winter there is not much to do in the open air, also due to the very few hours of sunshine during the day and temperatures that even reach -1 °. You could run into snow and some frost, but nothing excessive as the average temperatures are above 0 °.
Take the opportunity to visit museums, churches and attractions indoors, or if you want something more fun you can opt for the gingerbread country that is created every year inside the historic city center.
Indeed, the center of Bergen transforms into a gingerbread town during the central months of winter, and it has been happening since 1991, when the citizens decided to build a real Christmas village with more than 2.000 gingerbread houses.
In the same period you will find the inevitable Christmas market, and the Festival of Lights, during which all the inhabitants are invited to light torches and lights on the banks of the Lille Lungegarsvann, the city lake.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: wear warm and comfortable clothing, preferably in technical fabric, in order to stay warm and avoid absorbing the humidity in the air. Don't forget raincoats, umbrella and water-repellent shoes.
  • In summer: in the warmer months you can be more daring, even risking a sleeveless t-shirt with jeans that are not too heavy, as long as you have something heavier with you to cover yourself with when the sun goes down.
  • In autumn and spring: in this period there is everything and more, but there is no need to go around too light. Better to opt for clothes that you would wear even in winter with some care: bring with you also short-sleeved t-shirts or lighter fabrics.

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