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Seasons and climate in Norway

Experience the joy of four seasons

Sunset on Sjonfjellet .
Photo: Hans Petter Sørensen / FarOutFocus / Visit Norway
Sunset on Sjonfjellet .
Photo: Hans Petter Sørensen / FarOutFocus / Visit Norway

There is a popular saying in Norway: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." This is a country where you should bring your nicest bikini, the warmest woolen sweaters, the highest heels and your coolest wind- and waterproof gear!

...and this goes for all seasons!

Thanks to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Norway has a much warmer and 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.

Norway stretches from 57° to 78° north, so the climate varies a lot. There are great variations between north, south, inland and coast.

In general, coastal areas have relatively mild and wet winters (but with snow in the mountains), while the inland regions have cold winters with plenty of snow, and hot and relatively dry summers, especially in the east of the country. Here, the temperatures normally lie around 20 degrees during summer.

Rain or snow, the weather does not scare the Vikings. Norwegians are adept at dressing according to the weather and will head out even when it's rainy or windy. However, when it's stormy, it's best to rediscover the great indoors and get in the mood for some innekos, indoor cosyness.

Regional differences

Southern Norway is considered a summer island paradise, with beautiful beaches, boating, and kayaking. The Oslo region and the valleys of Eastern Norway has hot summers as well, but here you'll experience a more marked shift towards a cold winter, with lots of snow in the mountains.

In Fjord Norway the weather is constantly changing. Don't be surprised if you get rain, sun, wind and even snow in the same day. Almost any time of year! In spring, the fruit trees are in bloom. During autumn, the leaves change colour and the mountainsides are a riot of orange and yellow hues. The climate is coastal with a lot of precipitation, especially in the areas that are close to the sea.

Northern Norway is a great place to visit any time of year. During winter, you can experience the northern lights. North of the polar circle, the sun is up all night during summer – a phenomenon known as the midnight sun.

If you remember to dress according to the weather, you can enjoy the different elements, come rain or shine.

Local weather and climate

Eastern Norway and Southern Norway: The warmest and most stable weather usually occurs here, especially on the south coast between Mandal and Oslo. Temperatures can reach as high as 25 degrees Celsius or more. The highest temperatures are often inland. Setesdal, Hallingdal, and Telemark are famous for record high temperatures. Along the coast, a cool sea breeze will often refresh you.

Fjord Norway: A coastal climate, with lots of rain and wind close to the coast. A lovely sunny day can be followed by a day of rain and fog, and vice versa. You can experience both in one day! Inner fjords often have a much drier and sunnier climate.

Trøndelag: The coastal climate varies quite a bit, with more stable and warmer weather further inland.

Northern Norway: Here, you can often experience four seasons in one day! You can also enjoy the midnight sun from the middle of May to the end of July. Bear in mind that it's usually colder in the far north than in the rest of the country. It's the Arctic, after all!

Seasons in Norway.
Photo: Annegrethes / Heidi Kvamsdal / Torbjørn Martinsen

Get the latest weather forecast

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Check the local weather forecast at Yr.no, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

Enjoy all four seasons

Spring

Norway wakes up from its winter slumber and bursts into life. Flowers blossom, as do the people.

Friends walking in an orchard in Hardanger .
Photo: Øystein G. Haara/Visit Hardangerfjord
Friends walking in an orchard in Hardanger .
Photo: Øystein G. Haara/Visit Hardangerfjord

Summer

Don't sleep away the long sunlit nights! Enjoy mild temperatures and lots of fun outdoor activities.

Hiking in Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folstad Olsen / nordnorge.com
Hiking in Lofoten .
Photo: Kristin Folstad Olsen / nordnorge.com

Autumn

The air gets crisper, the food richer, and the colours more dazzling.

Ålesund viewpoint .
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær / Visit Norway
Ålesund viewpoint .
Photo: Toke Mathias Riskjær / Visit Norway

Winter

Delight in a snow-clad paradise.

Kirketaket in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist
Kirketaket in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist

Enjoy the outdoors

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

Kos means having a good time

 Norwegians are good at making things cosy regardless of the weather.

Steigen in Nordland .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com
Steigen in Nordland .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com

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