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Autumn in Norway

A colourful time to explore Norway

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

During the months of September, October, and November, the days get shorter, the air crisper, the food richer, and the colours more dazzling. Autumn is the perfect time for a city break – which can easily include both a mountain hike and a steaming hot spa.

The Norwegian autumn equals a wide range of temperatures and weather types. Summery vibes may last well into October in Southern Norway, while the rain sometimes turns into snow in early November in the mountains. But a sure sign that autumn is here is when the trees and heath turn yellow and red.

The Norwegian word for autumn is høst, which comes from harvest, hence this is the harvesting season – with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and game! The Norwegian food culture takes some subtle turns this time of year, favouring local ingredients and slow-cooked and rich dishes suited for a chillier climate.

Orange, red, green, brown, yellow: nature is at its most dazzling in autumn. The mountain areas are especially beautiful this time of year, and many Norwegians go hiking in the mountains or forests with their family during the yearly school holiday in October.

And in the North, the northern lights starts to dance again ...

The Fantoft stave church surrounded by autumn colors in Bergen in Fjord Norway
Fantoft stave church.
Photo: Carol Bartnik / Visit Bergen

Art season

Autumn is also the perfect time for a city break! This is the high season for great cultural experiences, be it art exhibitions, literature festivals, or intimate club concerts – maybe with a future global pop star? A walk in one of our amazing sculpture parks, all dressed in autumn colours, is not to be missed either.

Oslo has become a serious contender for being one of Europes most exciting cultural capitals for art lovers with the new MUNCH museum and the National Museum – the biggest in Northern Europe! Trondheim and Trøndelag is awarded the European Region of Gastronomy – a heaven for foodies.

In Fjord Norway, Bergen is renowned for its culture within music and art and is surrounded by the spectacular fjords, draped in autumn colors at this time of year. In Northern Norway the Northern lights colors the skies above Tromsø.

The autumn season is also a time for gathering together inside with hot chocolate and lit candles. The feeling of “kos” – the kind of instant happiness you get when you feel safe, warm, and good together – is very important when the days get shorter and the rain drums on your window pane.

Local weather and climate

During autumn the land areas lose more heat than the sea, and eventually the coastal areas have the highest temperatures.

In September the outer part of the Oslofjord usually has the highest mean temperatures in Norway. Later in the autumn, the warmest areas are usually found on the coast of Rogaland and Hordaland in Fjord Norway

Autumn usually gives way to winter as early as October, but more often in mid-to-late November. Differences between north and south are less pronounced than in the spring, though Northern Norway and mountainous regions get autumn temperatures earlier than the coastal and inland areas.

Autumn in Norway.
Photo: Annegrethes / Stine and jarlen / M. Dickson / Foap

How to dress for autumn weather

Wind and rain might make moving outdoors in the autumn a wet experience sometimes, but you might also be lucky and see a last flare of summer weather with sun and blue skies. Predicting what you should wear can be difficult, but having access to wind- and rainproof outer clothing is always a good idea. A light weight down jacket is also a smart choice for travellers. 

Inside this outer shell, dress in several thin layers of wool rather than one big fat sweater. It is far more flexible and makes it easier to control your temperature.

Norwegian wool regulates temperature. In addition, as opposed to cotton, wool will still provide insulation and provide you with some much-needed warmth even if you’re trapped in the rain.

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.

10 autumn adventures

Storm watching, hiking, hot saunas, and great food. Here´s why Norway should be on your list this time of year!

Soria Moria sauna in Telemark .
Photo: Dag Jenssen
Soria Moria sauna in Telemark .
Photo: Dag Jenssen

City break in autumn

Art, food and music lover? Visit us during the cultural high season! 

The Vigeland Park .
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com/Vigeland-museet/BONO
The Vigeland Park .
Photo: CH - Visitnorway.com/Vigeland-museet/BONO

The taste of autumn

This is the hunting and harvest season, when the forests abound with berries, mushrooms, and game.

Mushroom stew .
Photo: Matprat / Sara Johannessen
Mushroom stew .
Photo: Matprat / Sara Johannessen

Explore autumn in Norway

Inspiring art exhibitions or a culinary experience – how would you spend your Norwegian autumn?

Spook-tacular

You will certainly get in the Halloween-mode at our most haunted – and haunting – destinations.

Akershus festning .
Photo: Per Mork / CC BY 2.0" > Per Mork / CC BY 2.0
Akershus festning .
Photo: Per Mork / CC BY 2.0" > Per Mork / CC BY 2.0

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