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Summer in Norway

Don't sleep away the bright nights

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

During the months of June, July, and August, the days are long and the nights are short, even non-existent north of the Arctic Circle, due to the midnight sun. It's the perfect season to experience a wide range of activities and explore Norway's great outdoors (or great indoors, if it's raining!). 

As soon as summer gets a firm grip on Norway, usually in late May or early June, you’ll see the locals out and about, enjoying the sun after a long and cold winter. As the weather gets warmer and warmer, so do the people.

Summer temperatures can reach up to 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, especially in the south and in the inland valleys. Even the nights are often warm, and water temperatures in the sea and in the many inland and forest lakes in the southern parts of the country usually reach 18 degrees Celsius or higher, making swimming a popular pastime.

From late June to early August, the nights never get really dark anywhere in the country. But if you want to experience the true midnight sun, you need to travel to Northern Norway. The further north you go, the more nights of midnight sun you get. There are plenty of cool things to do with the extra hours – go kayaking, hiking, or fishing in the middle of the night, or visit one of the top places to experience the phenomenon in all its glory.

Norwegians celebrate Midsummer Eve, or Sankthansaften (Saint John’s Eve) on 23 June. Outdoor parties where bonfires are lit take place all over Norway, especially along the coast or up in the mountains. The Norwegians take their bonfires seriously – in 2016, residents in Ålesund built the world’s largest open-air fire.

With one of the longest coastlines in the world, Norway has a rich boating life. People of all ages are out at sea all summer long. The skjærgård in Southern Norway – an archipelago consisting of thousands of small islands and islets – is especially popular, and almost every town along the southern coast has a good guest harbour.

Summer is also prime time for hiking, cycling, and camping. Most of the snow in the mountains has melted away, and lots of people spend their summer holiday out in nature. Outdoor recreation is a major part of our national identity, and the right to roam is even protected by law.

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!

Summer in Norway.
Photo: Malene Rogdaberg Trå / Magnus Furset / Visit Norway

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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.

Delicious summer food and drink

Blueberries, raspberries and lingonberries are common in Norwegian forests and mountains, and begin to ripen in the middle of summer in Southern Norway and a bit later further north. In July and August, you will see roadside booths offering locally grown strawberries and cherries for sale.

When the sun is out, so are the Norwegians. Barbecuing is a Norwegian summer tradition. At the first sign of summer, Norwegians flock to pubs to enjoy a beer on the pavement or in a beer garden. The phenomenon of utepils (literally “outdoor beer”) is so ingrained that the first opportunity to indulge is reported in the media.

A typical summer dish is freshly caught fish, especially mackerel, trout or salmon, served with sour cream, fresh potatoes, and cucumber salad. Prawns straight from the boat, served outdoors with white bread, lemon, mayonnaise, and white wine is another favourite.

Wild and wonderful beaches

Longing for a beach holiday? Look no further!

Lofoten Hauklandstranda beach .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com
Lofoten Hauklandstranda beach .
Photo: Christine Baglo / Visitnorway.com

Outdoor activities

Life is best enjoyed outdoors! Go rafting, kayaking, hiking, or surfing.

Packrafting in Trysil .
Photo: Hans Martin Nysæter / Trysil
Packrafting in Trysil .
Photo: Hans Martin Nysæter / Trysil

Explore summer in Norway

Vibrant festivals or serene nature excursions – how would you like to spend your Norwegian summer?

Summer in the city

Get insider tips on exciting long weekends in Norway’s main cities, where urban vibes meet small-town charm.

Woman at Aksla viewpoint Ålesund .
Photo: Samuel Taipale / Visitnorway.com
Woman at Aksla viewpoint Ålesund .
Photo: Samuel Taipale / Visitnorway.com

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