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Young girl relaxing in the gras on a sunny summer day
Hovden in Setesdal.
Photo: Anders Martinsen / Setesdal - Noreg tett på
Young girl relaxing in the gras on a sunny summer day
Hovden in Setesdal.
Photo: Anders Martinsen / Setesdal - Noreg tett på

Seasons and climate in Norway

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According to legend, the name Norway comes from the old norse word Norðrvegr, which means “the way north” – a name given to the long and craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in wintertime. Still, Norway has a lot of weather.

Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Norway has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia. The coldest areas in the winter are often inland or far to the north.

The climate in Norway varies a lot from country part to country part, and there can be large variations within the separate regions of Norway as well.

But in general, the coastal areas usually have relatively mild winters (still with snow and great skiing conditions in the mountains, though), whilst the inland parts have cold winters with plenty of snow, and hot and relatively dry summers, especially in the eastern parts of the country. 

Southern Norway is considered a summer island paradise, whilst Fjord Norway is a popular destination all year round. In spring, the fruit trees are blossoming. During autumn, the mountain sides turn orange and yellow. To experience the silent and serene fjords, surrounded by snow capped mountains, come during winter.

Northern Norway is also a great place to visit any time of year. While the coast enjoys a milder climate, it can get very cold in some of the inlands areas during winter. This is also the best time to experience the northern lights. During summer, the sun is up all night long - the phenomenon is best known as the midnight sun.

Get the latest weather forecast where you want to go from yr.no. You can also download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

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As we say in Norway: There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

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