Weather in Norway: What to Expect During Your Visit

Geirangerfjord, Norway, Europe
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You've booked your trip to Norway, and now you're wondering what the weather is like so you can pack accordingly. What you might not know is that the weather in Norway is warmer than might be expected considering how far north it is. This is due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream, which results in a temperate climate for much of the country.

Regions in Norway

This Scandinavian country has a climate that easily fluctuates from year to year, especially in its most northern parts, which are located at the edge of the global temperate zone.

  In the northern areas, summer temperatures can reach into the 80s. Winters are dark and have more snow than other parts of the country.

In the coastal and inland regions, the climate varies considerably. The coastal areas have a climate with cooler summers. Winters are relatively moderate and rainy with little snow or frost.

Inland areas have a continental climate with colder winters but warmer summers (Oslo, for example). Inland the temperature can easily fall below -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

Seasons

In spring, the snow melts, there's a lot of sunlight and temperatures quickly rise, usually in May.

In summer, high temperatures are usually in the high 60s to low 70s but can rise into the mid-80s, even farther north. Weather in Norway is best between May and September when it's usually mild and clear. July tends to be warmest. 

Winter can be bitterly cold, even into April. Temperatures can dip to below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you love snow activities and don't mind the cold temperatures, you'll find the most snow from between December and April.

Polar Lights and Midnight Sun

An interesting phenomenon in Norway (and other parts of Scandinavia) is the seasonal change in the length of day and night. In midwinter, daylight lasts five to six hours in southern Norway while darkness prevails in the north.

Those dark days and nights are called Polar Nights.

In midsummer, daylight takes over, and there is no night darkness during June and July, even as far south as Trondheim. The stretch of time is called Midnight Sun.

Weather in Norway by Month

To find out more about the weather in Norway for a specific month, visit the Scandinavia by month trip planner.