Regardless of its proximity to the North Pole, Norway is an astounding destination all year round. Summer months boast of constant daylight of the midnight sun and also warmer temperatures, meaning June-August is the busiest season. Winter months (Oct-Mar) are just as stunning as well! During this season, you get the opportunity to experience the Northern Lights. If you are looking to avoid the crowd, however, spring and fall are the best seasons for a quiet vacation in Norway.
Summer Season (June– August)
Given the warmer temperatures, most of the travel makers arrive in droves to this Nordic haven throughout the summer months of June-August. The vast majority travel south towards Bergen/fjord and Oslo where temperatures are ordinarily in the low 70s at daytime, dropping further to mid-50s at night. What’s interesting however is that the daylight lasts for over 20 hours a day! The once snowy roads and frozen fjords are also easily accessible during this time. Book the best tours of Norway by Firebird to conveniently travel to fjords by bus, plane, train, boats or cars to these beautiful sites.
However, if you are aiming at visiting Norway during the summer, you ought to book your accommodations early since most hotels and rentals are booked months ahead of the season. For those hoping to avoid travel parties, the summer season is also the best time to travel further inland or to the smaller coastal towns that are inaccessible by large cruise ships. You can wander out to Svalbard if you’ve been dreaming of spotting polar bears in their natural habitat. During the summer, the sea ice has melted enough for ships to access the area and with the midnight sun, there’s plenty of hours to view the bears.
Winter Season (Nov – Feb)
Don’t mind a little ice and snow? Norway is a perfect winter wonderland. Amazingly, the winter climate doesn’t get as cold; temperatures rarely go below the freezing point and as the local Norwegian saying goes, “there is no bad weather, just bad clothing.”
The main attractions in the winter season are the mystical Northern Lights and Lapland which offer adrenaline-pumping outdoor excursions that include dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling and reindeer safaris. However, with the snowy conditions, don’t expect to take a leisurely self-drive trip – you’ll have to use super jeep transfers between locations, travel by 4X4 or take short flights.
Spring Season (Mar-May)
Spring starts rather quickly and can be very unpredictable. As the temperature rises, the snow and ice-topped mountains begin to melt which in turn forms stunning waterfalls and blooming wildflowers. Interestingly, during the spring season, the blossoming countryside looks like a scene from the movie, Sound of Music.
When planning to visit Norway in spring, make sure you are in constant communication with your travel agent since the season can either start as early as February or as late as May. Also, it’s prudent to be prepared for unpredictable weather, for example, it could be sunny in the morning and raining heavily in the afternoon. That being said, Norway is at its most picturesque time in the spring and also has a few tourists.
Fall Season (Sept – Nov)
Despite autumn being colder and wetter than summer, there are numerous reasons to travel to Norway during this season. For photographers especially, the fall color palette which features stunning reds and gold shades are something you never want to miss.
Fall also offers a welcoming reprieve for travelers who would rather avoid summer. Fall in Norway involves crisps, fresh air and the opportunity to indulge in the delicious local berries. Even though the end of fall may experience some wild and insane weather, it provides an excellent opportunity to dine in the local bistros and eateries alongside Norwegians as you endure the stormy weather.
Regardless of when you plan to visit Norway, the land of the midnight sun is every adventure lover’s paradise. Carry some warm clothes due to the unpredictable weather and temperature conditions, and lastly, just like the locals do, keep a laid-back attitude and without a doubt, you will have a fantastic Nordic experience beyond all your expectations.