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Most harbors in Northern Norway are free of ice throughout the year. - Photo: Innovation Norway
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Most harbors in Northern Norway are free of ice throughout the year. Photo: Innovation Norway

Seasons, Weather and Climate in Northern Norway

The Arctic Circle marks the starting point for the midnight sun and totally dark winters lit up by the magical northern lights.

Northern Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Northern Norway has a milder climate. Find out what clothes to pack when planning your holiday in Northern Norway, check out recent snow reports for your destination or go to weather forecast for Northern Norway.

Summer

In Northern Norway you can experience the midnight sun from the middle of May to the end of July. Late June to early August is when the weather is warmest with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 77°F - 86°F.

Fall

Then the fall darkness comes gradually. From late August, every new day sees the sun setting earlier and earlier. However, on bright fall days you can enjoy nature's sparkling colors of red, orange and yellow.

Winter

From the middle of November until the end of January, the sun does not rise at all. OctoberFebruary and March are the best months for seeing the northern lights.  

The interior areas of Northern Norway have an Arctic type of climate in winter with snow, strong winds and severe frosts. Temperatures can reach below -40 °F in the inner areas of Finnmark and Troms, even if this does not happen each winter.

By contrast, the coastal areas have comparatively mild winters. However, gales, rain and clouds are frequent and heavy. And thanks to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents caused by the coriolis effect, the harbors along the coast of Northern Norway are free of ice throughout the year.

Spring

Spring can arrive as late as the end of May, but this varies from year to year.

Remember that the weather and temperatures can change quickly throughout the entire region. So whether summer or winter, autumn or spring – bring good footwear and warm clothes.

Average daytime temperatures

  Kirkenes Alta Bodø Tromsø
January 18.7°F 16.3°F
28.0°F
24.1°F
February 17.1°F
17.8°F
28.4°F
24.4°F
March 14.2°F
22.6°F
30.9°F
27.1°F
April 30.4°F
30.9°F
36.5°F
32.5°F
May 45.5°F
40.6°F
45.0°F
40.6°F
June 49.0°F
50.0°F
50.7°F
48.4°F
July 57.0°F
56.1°F
54.5°F
53.2°F
August 50.2°F
53.6°F
54.1°F
50.7°F
September 45.0°F
45.0°F
48.2°F
6.7°F
October 35.1°F
34.9°F
41.5°F
36.9°F
November 26.8°F
25.5°F
29.8°F
30.0°F
December 10.0°F
19.4°F 29.8°F 26.1°F

Source: yr.no

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Last updated:  2014-04-02
The Lofoten islands in Norway can have warm summers - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
The Lofoten islands in Norway can have warm summers

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Most harbors in Northern Norway are free of ice throughout the year. - Photo: Innovation Norway

Seasons, Weather and Climate in Northern Norway

The Arctic Circle marks the starting point for the midnight sun and totally dark winters lit up by the magical northern lights.

Seasons, Weather and Climate in Northern Norway

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