There’s no such thing as bad weather in Norway — only bad clothing!

Norway is a country of remarkable nature, scenery, and endless things to do. However, what about the weather? Norway does have a stereotype of being freezing cold during the winter. But, of course, in parts of the country, that’s very true. 

Norwegians have a straightforward outlook on the weather — when the weather is good, we appreciate it, but we don’t expect good weather. When you visit Greece, you’re probably going to get fantastic sunny weather. Norway isn’t quite as predictable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace the weather. As long as you pack the perfect clothes — you’ll never have any issues!

Did you know the summers in Norway are often very pleasant? It’s reasonable to say the weather is cooler than the Mediterranean, yet temperatures can often rise between 25 and 30 degrees celsius. With that said, Norway has a massive variety of climates, and the four seasons vastly differ. 

The weather entirely depends on where you are. For example, coastal areas tend to have milder winters. However, coastal areas can feel colder sometimes because of the humid wind that blows over the coast. And of course, the Northern and mountainous parts of the country are generally very cold in the winter. Let’s take a deeper look at Norway’s climate and the best time to visit. 

The Best Time To Visit Norway 

Traveling in Autumn and Spring is an excellent time to explore everything Norway has to offer. However, traveling through Norway during Autumn or Spring can feel like you’re moving through four seasons at once. The Norwegian climate is incredibly diverse, and you’ll need to pack for four seasons of weather during this period. 

During spring and autumn, you’ll see far fewer tourists than you would in the summer months. Secondly, the weather isn’t overly cold depending on where you are, and it’s superb for hiking and getting outdoors. 

Fjordkysten Road Trip 3

Visiting Norway During The Summer

Now, of course, the summer is also an excellent time to visit Norway because the weather is generally pretty warm, and you’ll witness the longest days of the year. Oh, and did we mention that the scenery is a luscious green color during these months? Get your camera out! 

The summer also boasts a rich boating life, and Norway has one of the world’s most extensive coastlines. Fancy taking a boat out during the summer sun? Don’t forget that you can witness the midnight sun during the summer months. 

You will have to head to the Northern areas of Norway to enjoy this, but it’s entirely worth it! Just remember to double-check the area and the time of your travel to ensure you arrive during the midnight sun period. 

The summer months are the busiest period in Norway. Therefore, you’re going to encounter many tourists. That’s why we’ve crafted various local tours throughout the summer months so you can enjoy the gorgeous weather, travel slowly, and get away from the tourists. 

Weather in Norway summer-nextvoyage
Photo by nextvoyage

Visiting Norway During The Winter 

You might be wondering, what’s winter like in Norway? It depends on where you visit. Coastal areas of Norway — although not warm — are probably not as cold as you expect. Then again, it’s pretty windy on the coast during the winter so wrap yourself up warm. 

Oslo is often below freezing during the winter months, but it’s just about bearable if you wrap up warm. You’ll also have the chance to experience the mystique beauty of the Northern Lights during this period if it’s a clear day. 

So make sure you head to Northern Norway during the winter if you want to experience the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are one of many reasons why visiting Norway during the winter is a great idea. 

Weather in Norway Photo by Tobias Bjørkli
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli

Which Time Of The Year Do We Recommend? 

We recommend traveling in the autumn and spring because it’s quieter, yet the weather is still reasonable. If you’re looking to go hiking, camping, and cycling, it’s still entirely possible during these months. The spring warmth will have melted much of the snow away, and it’s not yet reached the deep cold weather in the winter. 

If you have any specific dates in mind, we can help you plan accordingly. In addition, we know the Norwegian climate well, so we can advise you on the perfect time to visit during the year. 

autumn weather norway -Photo by Lukas Kloeppel
Photo by Lukas Kloeppel

Final Thoughts 

Traveling to Norway doesn’t mean you’ll get the almost certain sunshine you’ll find in Spain during summer. Yet, the fantastic outdoor lifestyle, scenery, and things to do will make up for it!

Oh, and after all, the weather in Norway isn’t as bad as you may think. It’s enjoyable throughout the year, and the spring and autumn months are also great for travel. Winter can be challenging, but the winter provides fun activities that aren’t available during the warmer months.

Either way, you’ll love visiting Norway when you embrace the weather, and we can’t help to guide you along your journey. 

Weather in Norway Photo by Tobias Bjørkli
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli