When to go to Norway: climate and best time region by region

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Norway, having a varied and very extensive territory in latitude, characterized by plateaus, mountain ranges, coasts and islands, has different climates depending on the area which change considerably when moving from the sea to the interior. The waters that bathe Norway, then, are crossed by the Gulf Stream and the sea temperature remains around 5/6 ° even in winter.

To make the most of your trip it is important to choose the right period, also based on your interests, such as Aurora Borealis, Midnight Sun or city tours and outdoor life. Let's find out together when to go to Norway: climate and best period region by region.



Index

  1. Best time for a trip
  2. Average Temperatures and Precipitation - South Eastern Region (Oslo)
  3. Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Inland regions (Karasjok and Lapland border)
  4. Average Temperatures and Precipitation - North Coast (Tromso) and Svalbard
  5. Average Temperatures and Precipitation - West Coast (Bergen)
  6. What to bring in your suitcase
  7. Info
  8. User questions and comments

Best time for a trip

The best time to go to Norway it depends on the activities and the things you want to see.

In general summer is the best time to discover the fjords, Oslo and the Lofoten Islands, however take into account the rains that can be frequent. This one though it is also the season to witness the phenomenon of the midnight sun and ideal for participating in numerous festivals.

To practice winter sports or to admire the Northern Lights the best months are between February and March, when the temperature is a little less rigid and the days longer. However, the Norwegian winter certainly has an undisputed charm, characterized by the absence of light that makes the landscape magical.



  1. South Eastern Region (Oslo): from June to August, when temperatures can reach up to 25 °. The worst time is autumn and winter with abundant rainfall and cold temperatures
  2. Inland regions (Lapland border): in summer, from June to August, when the days of light are long and the temperatures mild. Winter is excessively harsh and makes any movement difficult, temperatures can even reach -40 °
  3. Northern coast (Tromso and Svalbard): in summer, to make numerous excursions and enjoy the long days of light. Winter is recommended for the Northern Lights. Autumn not recommended, as it is very rainy and humid
  4. West Coast (Bergen): in summer, from June to August, being the least cold season. The less suitable periods are autumn and winter as it rains a lot and there is little to do and see.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - South Eastern Region (Oslo)

The southeastern part of the country has a climate Baltic-continental type, characterized by very cold winters with sub-zero temperatures and abundant snowfalls.

Sometimes the currents coming from the coast come this far, transforming showers into rain, but at the same time cold winds from Russia can arrive which lower the temperatures down to -25 °.
Summers are milder and rainfall distributed mainly between summer and autumn.


  • Recommended period: summer, from June to August, when temperatures are pleasant for outdoor activities and can reach 25 °. In June we witness the midnight sun
  • Period not recommended: autumn, due to the abundant rainfall, and winter, which can be very harsh depending on the year

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Inland regions (Karasjok and Lapland border)

The interior of Norway has a continental climate, characterized by freezing winters with abundant snowfall and mild summers. On the mountains and hills the climate is mountainous and perennial snow can be found already at 1.500 meters high.

Due to the distance from the sea, the the coldest part of all is on the border with Lapland, with winters that reach temperatures up to -40 °, and very short summers that are hot and sunny.


  • Recommended period: summer, from June to August, less cold season characterized by long days of light. However, there can be cloudy days, rain and cold at night
  • Period not recommended: winter, excessively rigid, makes any movement difficult because temperatures can even reach -40 °

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - North Coast (Tromso) and Svalbard

This part of Norway has a subpolar oceanic climate, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, which reaches here, the sea never freezes even at these latitudes.

In this area, winters are cold with temperatures that drop below freezing and summers are warm. The wettest month is October, while in January and February, snowfalls are abundant.
In the North Cape and Tromso area from November 28th to January 14th the sun never rises and it is possible until late spring to admire the northern lights; from 19th May to 26th July the sun never sets and it is also the period with the least rainfall.



  • Recommended period: summer, to make numerous excursions and enjoy the long days of light; winter is the perfect time to see the Northern Lights
  • Period not recommended: very rainy and humid autumn

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - West Coast (Bergen)

This area of ​​Norway is the one most exposed to the influence of the sea which determines a humid and cool climate with continuous disturbances, rains, clouds and wind throughout the year.

Winter temperatures almost always remain above freezing and cold rain falls constantly. Summers are cool with temperatures between 10 and 15 °, but it is sufficient to move away from the sea for the air in summer to be warmer.
As for the fjords, they present different microclimates depending on their shape and size, but the further away from the sea, the less they are exposed to rain. Furthermore, winter temperatures drop a few degrees while summers are warmer.

  • Recommended period: summer, from June to August, less cold season although some rainy days and a bit of cold at night must be taken into account
  • Period not recommended: autumn and winter, it rains a lot and there is little to do and see

What to bring in your suitcase

Info

  • Capital:Oslo
  • Population: 5.367.580
  • Area: 323.802 sq. Km
  • Languages: Norwegian, English
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK) / € 1,00 = NOK 11,05
  • Documents: identity card valid for expatriation or a valid passport

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