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Autumn

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The days grow shorter, the food richer, the air crisper and the outdoor colours more spectacular. The season for stress-free adventures and sensible clothing is here.

A colourful time to explore Norway

Autumn in Norway means a wide range of temperatures and weather types. Summery vibes may arrive well into October, while the occasional rain sometimes turn into snow before Christmas. A few wise clothing decisions will keep you covered in any case.

Another important aspect of the season: It’s harvesting time. The Norwegian food culture takes some subtle turns this time of year, favoring slow-cooked and rich dishes suited for a chillier climate.

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Nature is at its most dazzling as summer turns to winter. Whether hiking in the majestic mountains and countryside or spending time by the windy coast, there are lots of accommodations and opportunities awaiting you as a visitor.

Keep in mind, though, that all the urban areas in Norway are located close to nature. The cities are far from overcrowded, with room for leaning back. Autumn is a time for great cultural experiences as well – be it art exhibitions, literature festivals or intimate club concerts with future global popstars.

How to dress for autumn

Wind and rain can make moving outdoors in the autumn a wet experience, but you might also be lucky and see a last flare of summer weather, with sun and blue skies. Predicting what you should wear is difficult, but having access to wind- and rainproof outer clothing is probably a good idea in the autumn.

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

In addition, as opposed to cotton, wool will still provide insulation when wet, and will still provide you with some much-needed warmth if you’ve been caught out in the rain.

10 things Norwegians do in autumn

Lorelou Desjardins was born in France, but moved to Norway for good in 2010. On her blog A Frog in the Fjord she writes about all the new realities foreigners face when trying to adapt to a new culture. In a witty way she puts words on her reflections on Norwegians and the Norwegian way of living. Here she shares 10 fun things you can do in Autumn in Norway.

1. Buy rubber boots and go chanterelle-picking in the forest.

2. Make things “koselig” (cosy) by lighting small candles and redecorating their home.

3. Prepare for the winter: Start to take “tran” (cod liver oil) once a day, buy thermal underwear and knit things made of wool (hat, gloves, scarf).

4. Stop checking yr.no in order not to fall in a "it is only raining" depression.

5. Start new activities such as knitting, card playing and choir in order to make some friends in the darkest months of the year.

6. Start ticking off the days until the 21st of December when the sun will reverse and the days will get longer.

7. Travel to the forests or mountains of Norway to see the beautiful colours of the trees. 

8. Book a trip to Tromsø for the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) in January.

9. Make pumpkin soup and invite their friends for a "høsttakkefest" (Thanksgiving).

10. Buy crabs and invite their friends for a "krabbefest" (crab party). Or alternatively travel to Southern Norway to eat crabs.

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