Best Time to Visit Norway

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Norway. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Oslo, Vardø und Bodø. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Norway for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -8 °C to 22 °C
Waves Symbol 2 °C to 17 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.185.79 in (7 – 18 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 1.3 °C (Vardø) and 6.2 °C (Oslo)
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Geographical location

The Scandinavian state of Norway has about 5 million inhabitants. The capital is Oslo, neighbouring countries are Sweden, Finland and Russia.

The range between north and south it country is about 930 miles. Norway’s predominantly rocky Atlantic coast is characterised by its many narrow bays (fjords) and almost 150,000 islands.

Norway is a mountainous country with many mountain massifs and plateaus (Fjells). The Skanden, recently also simply called Scandinavian mountains, cross almost the entire area of the Norwegian mainland. Norway’s highest mountain is Galdhøpiggen, about 2470 metres high.

There are also numerous lakes and several large rivers with a total length of over 3100 miles. The distance from Munich to Oslo is about 820 miles as the crow flies, from Berlin it is only about 520 miles (about 1:40h flight time).


Climate in Norway

Trollfjord auf den Lofoten in Norwegen (pure-life-pictures / stock.adobe.com)  lizenziertes Stockfoto 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Due to the Gulf Stream, Norway’s west coast enjoys a rather mild climate with corresponding temperatures all year round. In spring, the daily temperatures in the west and south are around 14 °C. In the east and northeast, however, warm summers and rather cold, long winters prevail.

On the southwestern coast, near the city of Bergen, most rain clouds come down from the Atlantic Ocean. In general, the summer months of June and July are quite warm throughout Norway, but in autumn it quickly gets cooler again.

Best Time to Visit Norway: Overview

JanuaryJan
Winter in Norway
long dark nights, very gloomy in the north
FebruaryFeb
Winter in Norway
Winter sports und chance for polar lights
MarchMar
Winter in Norway
good chance for polar lights
AprilApr
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 5 °C
MayMay
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OctoberOct
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good chance for polar lights
NovemberNov
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long dark nights, very gloomy in the north
DecemberDec
Winter in Norway
long dark nights, very gloomy in the north

When to visit Norway?


We recommend most holidaymakers the period between May and September as the best travel season in Norway. In summer, when the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, you can easily swim or do water sports in Norway on sunny days. In general it gets warmer in the south from May, in the north only a few weeks later in summer.

Skiers and winter sports enthusiasts, on the other hand, appreciate the best time to travel in winter from November to April. During this period, with a bit of luck, the northern lights can also be observed well on cloudless nights. The high season in Norway is between July and August, when many Norwegians go on holiday. In the Nordic city of Andenes you can watch sperm whales between May and September.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Norway) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
OsloMay, June, July, August, and September
VardøJune, July, August, and September
BodøJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Norway

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Oslo

Climate Chart Oslo
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Vardø

Climate Chart Vardø
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Bodø

Climate Chart Bodø
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Norway

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Norway, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Oslo (Norway)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature-2°-1°10°16°20°22°21°16°
Night Temperature-7°-7°-4°10°13°12°-1°-4°
Water Temperature13°16°17°15°11°
Precipitation (inch)1.931.421.811.652.052.563.313.543.543.312.952.2
Rainy days1079781011101111109
Hours of Sunshine134678875321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Oslo is 5.7 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (16.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (-4.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Oslo is 17 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
August

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 30.28 inch on 113 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, October, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 8.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Vardø (Norway)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature-2°-3°-2°12°12°-1°
Night Temperature-7°-8°-6°-3°-3°-5°
Precipitation (inch)2.171.611.341.31.181.651.932.172.132.282.322.09
Rainy days15121098891012141314
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Vardø is 1.3 °C.

Warmest month: July (9.2 °C)
Coldest month: February (-5.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 22.17 inch on 134 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: all except July, and August

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bodø (Norway)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°16°16°12°
Night Temperature-4°-5°-4°-0°11°10°-1°-2°
Precipitation (inch)3.392.522.682.051.812.133.623.464.845.793.943.94
Rainy days14121211911131217181516
Hours of Sunshine024577653210
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bodø is 4.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (12.5 °C)
Coldest month: January (-2.2 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 40.16 inch on 160 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: all except June, July, August, and September

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 7.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


Norway’s fjords, such as Geiranger Fjord in the Midwest, Lysefjord in the South and Tromso Fjords in the North, offer excellent nature experiences. The Frammuseum, the Vigeland Museum and The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet are very popular sights in Oslo. Besides Oslo, Bergen is a fascinating city, where the Hanseatic Quarter and the historic buildings in the Bryggen district are popular attractions.

The Lofotr Viking Museum in Borg offers you an insight into the past. The phenomenon of the midnight sun can be enjoyed very well between the end of May and mid-July, especially in the small town of Hammerfest. The lookout rock offers a special adrenalin kick after the three-hour hike on the Preikestolen, the souvenir photos will take your loved ones’ breath away at home.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Oslo: 7-Hour Grand Tour and Fjord Cruise | Oslo Highlights 3-Hour Bike Tour | Oslo Discovery Tour | Oslo: Viking Ship Museum and Historical Museum Entry Ticket | Oslo Nature Walks: Island Hopping Tour | Oslo: 2-Hour Walking Tour | Oslo Private Tour with a Local Guide |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Oslo
clear sky     clear sky, 17 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 2 mph
Air Pressure: 1037 hPa       Humidity: 29 %
Last updated: 18th Apr 2019, 02:16 pm
The next days …
19th Apr 201920th Apr 201921st Apr 201922nd Apr 201923rd Apr 201924th Apr 2019
broken clouds5 °C to 16 °Csky is clear6 °C to 17 °Covercast clouds8 °C to 19 °Cbroken clouds8 °C to 18 °Cfew clouds7 °C to 16 °Cscattered clouds7 °C to 16 °C
5 °C to 16 °C6 °C to 17 °C8 °C to 19 °C8 °C to 18 °C7 °C to 16 °C7 °C to 16 °C
Clouds: 77 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 88 %Clouds: 60 %Clouds: 14 %Clouds: 26 %
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Important Regions and Cities

We have extended climate information for the following region:

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Norway: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 8 reviews for Norway holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Ursula, 52 years old was there in May

    we have 10 days in Norway cruise vacation with My ship everything true great. The best was the weather, every day only sun and temperature up to 27 degrees

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Thomas, 54 years old was there in June

    we brought the sun there. Only 1 rain.
    Very nice otherwise

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sigrid, 66 years old was there in June

    Great travel weather, it only rained once, otherwise only sunshine and even at the North Cape great visibility.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Tomas, 47 years old was there in August

    Weter was 2/3 sunny and the rest rainy, but you could swim in the fjord!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Jörn, 60 years old was there in September

    From 8 days we had 2 days of rain, in Bergen and Copenhagen

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    brigitte, 62 years old was there in July

    frequent change of sun and rain, temperatures between 12 and 15 degrees

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    hil, 67 years old was there in May

    19.5.17 Alesund 20°C and sunny
    22.5.17 North Cape 5°C cloudy, light rain
    25.5.17 Molde rain
    26.5.17 Geiranger 12°C sunny partly cloudy
    27.5.17 Bergen 25°C and sunny (fantastic)

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Margrit , 63 years old was there in February

    Sunshine for a week! Experience the Northern Lights several times a night! Fantastic!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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