Norway: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go ?

Find the best time to visit Norway from seasonal norms in many locations like Stavanger or Honningsvåg, below.

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When is the best time to go in Norway ?

The right time to explore Norway is undoubtedly the period from May to September. Nature awakens from its torpor and the snow begins to melt, many hiking trails are also opened to the public. During this period, the cruises that are taken along the fjords are magical and with flowering fruit trees, the scenery is breathtaking. The peak tourist season in Norway is the period between mid-June and mid-August, as tourists flock in to admire the midnight sun, to enjoy the long days, to have fun and to relax. The reasons for the increase in winter tourists are numerous: the desire to ski among the beautiful ski resorts and the admiration of the Northern Lights that are a natural phenomena manifesting as a curtain of dancing lights - just to name a few. The winter is also a good time to visit Norway for those who wish to explore the northern parts, by means of dogsled. For such an activity, remember to organize your trip in advance as public transport is scarce and most hostels are closed.

So, what is the best time to go in Norway? Here is some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The most favorable months to visit Oslo are May, June, July, August and September
  • On average, the warmest months in Oslo are July and August, and the coldest months are January and February
  • The rainiest month in this city are July and August
  • Kristiansand is the city with the best climate with favorable weather 3 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Oslo are July and August

For all information about the climate and the weather city by city in Norway for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
very bad weather Norway in january
very bad weather Norway in february
very bad weather Norway in march
bad weather Norway in april
partially okay weather Norway in may
partially good weather Norway in june
partially good weather Norway in july
partially good weather Norway in august
partially okay weather Norway in september
bad weather Norway in october
bad weather Norway in november
very bad weather Norway in december

When to go in Norway by cities

Oslo

Best time to visit Oslo

The best months to visit Oslo are may, june, july, august et september.

Tromso

Best time to visit Tromso

The best months to visit Tromso are july et august.

Bergen

Best time to visit Bergen

The best time to go to Bergen is july.

Bodø

Best time to visit Bodø

The best months to visit Bodø are july et august.

Honningsvåg

Best time to visit Honningsvåg

No month is conducive to visit Honningsvåg.


Climate and Weather of Norway

A neighbor to Sweden, Finland and even Russia, Norway is a country with pleasant weather and the continued presence of rain! The sun does consistently appear between the showers but the country remains nonetheless very humid. In general, the climate in Norway is rather temperate, even if one can observe huge temperature differences from - 40° C in the east to + 30° C in Oslo, the capital. Moreover, rain and wind can help drop the temperatures by several degrees in only a few hours.

Norway : Sognefjord - Norvège

Climate in Southern Norway

It is here, in southern Norway that one discovers the highest national daily sunshine rate. It is furthermore in the summertime that this is at its most noticeable. In fact, between late June and early August, the weather is hot and the days are loaded with sun. There is little humidity and the air coming in from the coast pleasantly refreshes the atmosphere. However, the rest of the year is more humid and more especially in autumn, when the weather is unstable, just as with their Swedish neighbor, Gothenburg. It is important to take caution in winter as snow storms are not uncommon.

Climate in Eastern Norway

In this part of Norway, the four seasons are well defined and are more temperate. In the summer the weather is hot but it rarely rises beyond 25° C. The rest of the year, it is rather cool, though the temperatures are always a little more pleasant around Oslo and its fjord. In winter, the coast generally enjoys a mild climate and temperatures are largely within the negatives throughout the land. Also in spring, it is not uncommon for it to be cold enough for one to observe snow falling.

Climate in the Norwegian Fjords

In Norway, the fjords enjoy a relatively mild climate, thanks to the presence of the Gulf Stream. As in the rest of the country, the climate is hot during the summer and factually, a little more rare: it is also nice in the winter. At this time, it is common that the Norwegian fjords do not freeze. In addition, in this period and particularly on the west coast, rain and wind are quite common.

The Northern Climate of Norway

Located at the same latitude as Alaska and Greenland, northern Norway is cold, yes, but with a milder climate than its counterparts. The most amazing season is still the summer due to the midnight sun, which starts in mid-May and does not stop until the end of July. This period is also known as the hottest one. Another specificity in this part of Norway where one finds a part of Lapland: the sun never rises between mid-November and the end of January and therefore, occasionally allows to admire the northern Lights. During the winter it is very cold, especially in the city of Tromso.

Climate in Central Norway

Inland, it is hot throughout the summer season during which the sun never really sets. In addition, at this time of the year the atmosphere is not very humid, unlike the rest of it. The winters are particularly cold and characterized by heavy snow. However on the coast, the weather is mild thanks to the Gulf Stream. In spring, the temperatures may remain quite low.


Temperatures and rainfall in Norway

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Norway and rainfall month by month for the cities of of Oslo, of Tromso, of Bergen, of Bodø et of Honningsvåg, as well as the sea temperature months by month for the coastal cities..


Legend:

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Map of Norway

Hover on cities to obtain information about weather.


About of Norway

What to do in Norway ?

Beaches / bathing

Nature and landscapes

Culture and heritage

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Crafts / shopping

Food

Night life

Are these weather information for Norway reliable?

Climate data for Norway are raised every day since January 2009.Also, the analysis of these meteorological data for Norway allows us to determine the average for each month in Oslo, Tromso, Bergen, Bodø, Honningsvåg, Kristiansand, Lofoten, Narvik, Stavanger et Trondheim.

So yes: these data are reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

Average weather and best time to go city by city in Norway:

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