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When to visit Norway

by SmarterTravel Staff

Like other Scandinavian countries, Norway sees the most visitors during the summer, which experiences long periods of sunlight every day, up to 24 hours in the north. The dark winter months are the best time to see the Northern Lights, although this season is generally less busy. However, January through mid-April is a busy time for snow sports enthusiasts, particularly from Denmark, Sweden, and other European countries.

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  • high season: June to August
  • low season: November to March
  • shoulder season: September to October, April to May

Weather Information

Due to the Gulf Stream, coastal temperatures are mild both in summer and winter. Inland temperatures, on the other hand, are relatively mild during the summer, but it gets very cold in the winter. In general, summer temperatures hit the high 70s in the south and upper 60s in the north. Rain can be frequent much of the time, especially in the higher elevation areas. Winter weather is very snowy and windy, particularly in the mountain areas, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Crowd Information

The most crowded time is June through August.

Closure Information

Some hotels and all shops close down over Christmas and Easter.

When to Save

Prices don't fluctuate much by season. However, during mid-June through August, hotel prices are lower, but airfares are higher. The rest of the year, hotel prices are higher, but airfares are lower.

When to Book

There is no specific time that is better for booking. However, some tour operators offer early booking specials.

Information provided by Innovation Norway.

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