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When is the best time to visit Norway?

The best time to visit Norway in the northern region is in the autumn, which brings thinner crowds, cooler weather between 5°C to 10°C, and glorious foliage.

The best time to visit Norway in the southern region is between May and August, when the days are long, the landscapes are green, and the weather is warm, between 16°C and 22°C. This is a popular time to explore the region, so expect to see a few more visitors around. In northern Norway, you can hike under the midnight sun at this time of year.

The two regions have very different climates, so when you visit Norway will likely depend both on what you want to do when you’re there and where you want to go.

Starting in late November and running until February or March, the whole country turns into a wintry playground, especially the northern region. If you’re comfortable with frigid temperatures, this is an excellent time to visit the Arctic Circle, where you can watch the northern lights and enjoy the deep snow that blankets the landscape.

The best time to visit the fjords is in April, May or June, which are perhaps the most photogenic months, when the fruit orchards on the shoreline explode into pastel bloom. However, this area of the country offers a milder climate and so makes an excellent destination year-round.

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Month-by-month guide for travelling in Norway

Reindeer in Norway

Visiting Norway in December - February

The whole of the country becomes a snowy winter playground during these months, though the deepest snow and coldest weather is found inside the Arctic Circle, where you can often see the northern lights. Temperatures can drop as low as -20°C (-4°F) up in the north, but it’s milder (around -2°C or 28°F) in the fjordlands.

Events & Festivals

  • The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony draws luminaries from around the world to Oslo in early December.
  • Norwegians celebrate Saint Lucia Day with festivals of lights and parades on 13th December.
Hardangerfjord

Visiting Norway in March - May

Winter begins to lift and the weather turns milder. The fjordlands burst into bloom as the shoreline orchards of fruit trees blossom. Melting snow fills the rivers and the waterfalls swell as wildflowers unfurl. There are fewer crowds in the cities this time of year, making it a good time to visit museums and other cultural attractions.

Events & Festivals

  • The Bergen International Festival brings together performers, singers, dancers and other artists for a week-long festival in late May.
  • Discover Norway’s medieval heritage at Oslo Middelalderfestival, also held in late May.
Trolltunga

Visiting Norway in June - August

Days get longer, the weather warms and nights get shorter. In the Arctic Circle, there’s 24 hours of daylight, and you can hike under the midnight sun. This is when the weather is at its most stable across the country, with generally pleasant temperatures. It’s an excellent time to explore the rugged countryside and try to spot wildlife. It’s also the most popular season to visit, so be sure to plan well ahead.

Events & Festivals

  • Bergenfest is a music festival in early June spanning a number of genres, including rock and hip-hop.
  • The Oslo Jazz Festival and the Oslo Chamber Music Festival both take place in mid-August.
Bergen

Visiting Norway in September - November

Days shorten, temperatures drop and the air is crisp and cool as the foliage shifts to gold. These are the wettest months, so cities tend to be busier than the countryside — it’s wise to plan ahead if you want your choice of hotels. Some of the attractions will take the opportunity to shut down while it’s quieter.

Events & Festivals

  • The Ultima Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo is a long-running event sponsored by the crown prince each September.

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