Best time to visit Norway
Norway loves extremes – summer weeks of eternal light, winter months of darkness, with all shades in-between.
June, July and August are the best months to go to Norway for warmer temperatures and longer days. The warmest month in Norway is July, when there’s the fabled midnight sun – ideal for hiking, cycling, kayaking and berry picking. Prices will be at a premium and midges buzz (and bite) around the marshlands. June-August is also the best time to cruise the Norwegian fjords, while Spitsbergen is amazing at midsummer when polar bears are on the hunt. May and September offer mild temperatures and uncrowded, colourful landscapes. Norwegian winters can be bitter, but dress properly and it’s a nirvana of snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The best time to visit Norway for the Northern Lights is November-February.
Norway, month by month
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Britt Elton from our supplier Discover Norway explains why winter can be the best time to visit Norway: “Norway is one of the few countries offering cross country skiing from hotel to hotel. It is relatively level terrain, with magnificent views in places like the Jotunheimen National Park and Rondane mountains. Eastern Norway has very good snow conditions from mid-December to mid-April.”
Laura Greenman from our supplier Magnetic North reveals what she believes is the best time to visit Norway: “I love early summer – June and July - when the fjords sparkle and the walking is top quality in the mountains. August is great for berry picking - and by September, we're seeing fantastic autumnal displays of the Aurora Borealis.”
Festivals & events in Norway
Riddu Riddu Festival (Kafjord, early July)
Now into its third decade, this Sami festival in northern Norway presents an extensive programme of music, film and art bringing together Sami stars like Marja Helena Mortenson, Jon Henrik Fjallgren and Elle Marja Eira with artists from around the world for a creative mingling of indigenous and non-indigenous cultures (with plenty for children too).
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