According to ancient legend, the name Norway comes from the old norse word Norðrvegr, which means “the way north”, a name given to this long and craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in the wintertime.
Sharing the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, Norway has a pleasant climate compared to these places. Due to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents, Norway has a friendlier climate than the latitude would indicate, and the coldest areas in the winter are often inland or far to the north.
Each season has its own charm and character. For instance, skiing in the winter is a very different experience than in the summer, but remember that where you go will form your experience just as much as when you go.
Weirdly, spring can be both early and late in Norway, with the first flowers appearing as early as February in mild years, and yet snow in late May is not unheard of, the very same year.
With the first sign of the sun and decent temperatures, Norwegians will seem to seep out of the woodwork and appear outside cafés and pubs everywhere. The first outdoor coffee or pint of beer of the spring is not an opportunity to be squandered.
Read more about the Norwegian spring.
In high summer, temperatures in Norway can reach stifling levels, no matter how far north you go. For the most part though, Norwegian summer days and nights stay bright and pleasantly balmy, and are best enjoyed outdoors alongside close friends and good food and drink. As we Norwegians do. Feel free to come join us for the seaside bonfires at the eve of the 23rd of June, for instance.
Read more about the Norwegian summer.
Planning your trip well helps you get what you want and find the experiences you wish for, without risking your hard-earned days off. And if you don't know what you want, we're happy to help you find some ideas.
We want you to be happy in Norway, and enjoy your time here as much as you possibly can. Happy guests come back, and before you know it we have made friends for life. Makes sense, then, to share our best tips to make your stay a good one.