Weather in Norway

How is the weather in Norway?

The Norway climate shows great variations. From its southern-most point, Lindesnes, to its northern-most, North Cape, there is a span of 13 degrees of latitude. The same span as from Lindesnes to the Mediterranean Sea. To find out more about the huge weather variations in Norway, read on...

Norway has four distinct seasons. Spring, summer and fall are warm and comfortable and...


The winters are usually cold with plenty of snow
and "purrrfect" for everyone's winter sports,
even for this little white dog.

Also, there are great variations in solar energy received during the year.

The largest differences in the climate in Norway, is in the most northern part where they have the midnight sun - that means that the sun shines night and day, but there is no sunshine at all during winter. I have been to Sandenessjøen, located in Helgeland, Northern Norway, in the summer, and we had day light
for the entire 24 hours. The sun was shining in
the middle of the night and even at 3:00am in the morning.

There was no sunshine at all in Sandenessjøen in the winter and and it was already dark in the early afternoon.

The rugged topography (tons of tall, jagged mountains) of Norway is one of the main reasons for the large local differences in climate over short distances.

How is the Norway climate in the spring?

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Mørkadalen, Volda. The spring weather in Norway is breathtaking.

Sights and Sounds of Spring in Norway.

edward-grieg-the-norwegian-composer No wonder, Edward Grieg, the Norwegian composer (left), was inspired by the beautiful Norwegian spring time to create the well known music "To Spring".

Some Norwegians go to southern Europe on Spring Break, but many people head for the mountains.

In early spring, you will see flowers peaking up through the newly melted soil, reaching for the sun while the birds are chirping happily in the budding trees.

The waterfalls sing, full of water-sprays from the melting snow, cascading down the sides of the majestic, snow capped mountains - getting Mother Nature ready for the summer again.

How is the climate in Norway in the summer?

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Summers are warm, comfortable and great for any outdoor activity you can think of...

Want to go boating, fishing, hiking, mountain climbing; rock climbing; sightseeing, horseback riding in the mountains; skiing, ski sailing, playing golf; swimming; or just lazying around and a lot more? Come to Norway. The average temperature in the summer 57-65° F. (13-18° C.)

Norway is a popular destination for vacationers that love untouched, beautiful nature...

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Cruise ships from all over the world glide majestically on the fjords and along the coast.

The Norwegian Cruise Lines

  Cruise Ship on the Fjord

Airports, train and bus stations are buzzing with busy travelers.

Visitors from all over the world come to Norway to take in the views of the awesome, untouched nature of this clean, picturesque and friendly country.

    How is the weather in Norway in the fall?

romsdal-mountain-top Autumn is the time to gather wild hazel nuts (hasselnøtter) or maybe picking a bucket or two of wild cranberries (tyttebær in Norwegian).

While hiking in the mountains you can catch a few trout in the streams on the way.

Romsdal Mountain Top View (left) Is this a place is for you?

In the fall, gentle breezes and sometimes strong storms blow over the fjords from the oceans into the country sides and colorful leaves of autumn scatters around.

The average temperature in the winter is 27° F. (2° C.)

The highest temperature ever registered in winter is 18.9° C. (66.2° F.) in Sunndalsøra, Møre og Romsdal, the district(fylket) where I am from, during the month of February. We have actually had tulips popping up in February.

This almost summery temperature is because the north-western part of Norway is exposed to a foehn (føhn/føn) effect, which is a warm and dry southerly wind.

The lowest temperature ever measured in Norway is -51.4° C. recorded on January 1st 1886, in Karasjok on the Finnmark Plateau, Northern Norway (Nord-Norge).

Temperatures below -40° C. are not unusual in the Inner Districts of Troms County and the Inner Districts of Østlandet, but it does not happen every winter.

With its northern location, the weather in Norway is often regarded as cold and wet. In some aspects this is true, because it shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia.

But compared to these areas, the weather in Norway is pleasant. Because of Norway's location in the westerlies, on the east side of a the Atlantic Ocean, it benefits from The Gulf Stream. With this huge, warm and steady current near its shores, the Norway climate is much friendlier than its latitude indicates.

Norway is definitely the place to go if you like winter sports.

You'll find sport meets of every kind. They love competition and do not lack spectators. Skiing Postage Stamp (left)


Cross Country Skiing Competition in Norway


Norwegian skiers

How is the weather in Norway and do they have places to go skiing?


It is normal to see lots of snow aficionados, young and old, enjoying their skis all winter long.

Tour skis are popular since you can use them for downhill as well as cross-country skiing.

The ski slopes are a great place to meet friends.

How is the Weather in Norway Coastal Areas?

The coastal areas are a lot warmer than the inland areas. They are blessed with both sunshine and rain...BUT sometimes they have "RUSKEVÆR", strong winds and lots of rain.

Bergen, very cosmopolitan and Norway's second largest city, is well known for its beautiful buildings and its rain.

     Norwegian Child playing in the Snow. (above)


(Bergen Harbor/Bergen Brygge) (above)

In fact, there is a song, that goes something like this... "In the city of Bergen, every lady must own an umbrella"... not very poetic in English, but it rimes in Norwegian.

How is the climate in Norway's coastal area, such as in Stavanger?

Since Stavanger almost never have snow, at Easter time, my brother Kai and his family, who lives in Stavanger, travel to Isfjorden, our home town, to visit family and enjoy their skis.

Stavanger, with its mild winters has flowers in the the middle of February.


Tulips in my sister-in-law, Marit's garden, Stavanger in February.

The Gulf Stream brings warmth to the Norway...

The Gulf Stream, the warm Atlantic current, brings a stream of warm water from The Gulf of Mexico to the cost lines of Norway. The power of The Gulf Stream surpasses the strength of all the rivers that empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

If it was not for the Gulf Stream, the weather in Norway would be as cold as in Siberia. (huttemegtu!! - "verrry" cold in Norwegian)

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the trees
in their nakedness
the earth
warm and content
their blanket of leaves
that feed and nourish
their hunger
they gave for a summer
of their richness
and now they
receive and are renewed
for a winter
and thus the cycle will go and shall go
no more
the earth and
the trees
the cycle of
that vanishes in the
cruel coldness
and that reappears in the
lush warmth
of summer
has been
since the beginning
and in their longevity
are given