When is the best time to go on a winter holiday in Norway?
Wait for the Northern Lights in the eerie arctic dark, or go in late winter, when the snow is sunlit, and the sky is husky-eye blue.
Not to be confusing, but there’s winter in Norway, and then there’s winter winter – the latter involves the Polar Night, when the sun doesn’t even come above the horizon when you’re in the Arctic Circle. In Svalbard, the Polar Night lasts for nearly four months. In the Lofoten Islands, it lasts four weeks. Not many people will go to Norway during Polar Night. But October and February have enough light to be very pleasant. October is a good time to see the northern lights and go whale watching. February, March and April will come ready-iced with a helping of perfect snow, ready to be carved by cross country skis and dog sleds.
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March is a great time to go, still lots of snow but warmer and longer days.
– Tom Wilkinson, from our supplier Exodus
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There are few places in the world where you can spot orcas in the day and chase the aurora borealis at night. There’s a lot to love about winter holidays in Norway.
If you want to know where, when and how to watch the world’s most spectacular natural light display, right here is where your adventure begins.
Have you felt the call of the wild? You might think that commanding your own ‘wolf pack’ is a distant dream – but in the northern reaches of Norway you can learn to drive your own dog sled of Alaskan huskies.
What better way to get acquainted with a Norwegian winter than strapping on some skis and making your way across the frozen countryside.
Norwegian winter activities aren’t just for tourists. Norwegians love being outside all year round and have plenty of advice.
Norway is a natural paradise. Make sure your next trip makes the right impact, and travel a little better on your next Nordic winter break.