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Oslo in autumn.
Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / Visitnorway.com

Five reasons to visit Norway’s cities in the autumn

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Enjoy the season in stress-free urban surroundings close to nature.

Urban autumn life

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace / as I have seen in one autumnal face”. The words of the great British poet John Donne still ring true, hundreds of years after they were written. And they certainly apply to the urban areas of Norway, with their unique mixture of serenity and bustling city life, during this picturesque time of year.

In case you need them: Here are five reasons why you should seriously consider spending your autumn holiday in a Norwegian city.

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy your space

You may already have seen the viral video of New Zealanders Sam and Marela being rescued from an overcrowded Louvre and transported to the far quieter bliss of the Norwegian capital.

While the couple’s great escape took place in the summer season, autumn brings an even more laidback vibe to Norway’s cities. Though far from being deserted, generally more restaurant tables are available, public transportation offers breathing space and waiting lines of all sorts are reasonably short and sweet. This partly explains why Norway was recently singled out as one of the world’s most sustainable holiday destinations.

The food is at its tastiest

After quite some time in relative culinary obscurity, the success of the New Nordic Cuisine has increasingly put Norwegian food and commodities on the global foodie map. As a result, restaurants all over the country have stepped their game up, with great eating opportunities seemingly around every corner.

Smalhans, Oslo
Smalhans, Oslo.
Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / Visitnorway.com

Traditionally, the flavours are richer and the dishes more filling this time of year. Seasonal commodities include lobster, game meat, lamb and mushrooms such as porcini and chanterelle, as well as apples, fruits and berries specific for the season. Adventurous visitors may want to try smalahove, which is torched, smoked and boiled head of lamb.

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The weather makes you feel alive

There’s no escaping the weather in Norway – not even in the larger cities. The temperature and weather conditions may change relatively fast during the season, from the final bursts of summer to equally windy and rainy days (and snowfall closer to Christmas). The crispness of the air, especially in the evenings, make for an invigorating experience.

And of course: If the weather gods should act in particularly unforgiving ways, there’s always the opportunity to watch it comfortably from the Great Indoors.

Photo: Martin Håndlykken / Visitnorway.com

The culture scene thrives in the autumn

Speaking of indoor activities: As the summer festivals turn into fading memories, various music venues, theatres and galleries come to life once again after hibernating through the sunny season.

Oslo has been considered among the greatest concert cities in Northern Europe for quite a while, and several other Norwegian cities are following its lead. Film, food, literature, theatre and other cultural expressions are being celebrated as well, with an abundance of festivals throughout the fall.

Discover concerts and exhibitions in the cities

Nature is never far away

To some travelers, Norway may be synonymous with majestic mountains, glimmering fjords and snowy landscapes.

And while there is a certain truth to this notion, be aware that great nature experiences are within a stone’s throw from most of the Norwegian cities. Whether you prefer mountains, fjords, forests or the coastline: It’s all here, dressed up in the spectacular garments of the season.

Photo: Martin Håndlykken / Visitnorway.com

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