The Norway climate shows great variations. From its southern-most point, Lindesnes, to its northern-most, Nordkapp/North Cape, there is a span of 13 degrees of latitude. The same span as from Lindesnes to the Mediterranean Sea. This affects the weather patterns. To find out more about a huge variation of weather in Norway, read on...
Norway has four distinct seasons. Spring, summer, and fall are warm and comfortable, and... winter - huttemegtu sometimes!!!
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 biggest difference in the climate and seasons 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 visiting Sandenessjøen, Helgeland, Northern Norway, in the summer, and we had daylight for the entire 24 hours. The sun was shining in the middle of the night and even at 3:00 am in the morning.
There was no sunshine at all in Sandenessjøen, Helgeland in the winter and it was 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 weather in Norway in the spring?
Rock Climbing in Spring, Romsdalen, Norway
Mørkadalen, Volda. The springtime weather in Norway is breathtaking.
Sights and Sounds of Springtime in Norway
Edward Grieg, the Norwegian composer.
Inspired by The Norwegian Spring, Edward Grieg wrote the beautiful well-known"To Spring".
Click on the Arrow below and make sure to have your sound on. Enjoy!
Some Norwegians go to southern Europe on Spring Break, but many people head for the mountains.
In early spring, you will see flowers peeking 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 weather in Norway in the summer?
The summers are warm, comfortable, and great for any outdoor activity you can think of...
Hiking in the Romsdal Mountains
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 do nothing? 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...
Cruise ships from all over the world gliding majestically on the fjords and along the western coast.
Norwegian Cruise Ship is anchored on Isfjorden, another one of Norways numerous fjords, by the same name as the village of Isfjorden, Romsdalen
Airports, trains, 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?
Autumn is the time to gather wild hazelnuts (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.
In the fall, gentle warm breezes and sometimes strong storms blow over the fjords from the oceans into the countrysides and colorful leaves of autumn scatter 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 municipality (fylket) where I am born and raised. 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).
Reindeer in Karasjok, Finnmark, Norway
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 Alaska and Greenland, the weather in Norway is pleasant. Because of Norway's location on the western coast, the east side of the Atlantic Ocean, it benefits from the warmth of the Gulf Stream. With this huge, warm and steady current near its shores, Norway's climate is much friendlier than its latitude indicates.
Norway is definitely the place to go if you like winter sports.
You'll find sports meets of every kind. They love the competition and do not lack spectators.
Skiing Postage Stamp (left)
Cross Country Skiing Competition in Norway
How is the weather in Norway and where do they ski? The answer to that is...Everywhere!!!
Norwegian Child playing in the Snow.
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, slalom 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.
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 hometown, to visit family and enjoy their skis.
Stavanger, with its mild winters, has flowers in 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 long coastlines of Norway.
The power of The Gulf Stream surpasses the strength of all the rivers that empty 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)
Photo by David C. Shaffer 2011 All Rights Reserved
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T R E E S
A poem by Naomi Burke 2012 All Rights Reserved
in their nakedness
the earth slumbers
warm and content
their blanket of leaves
that feed and nourish
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
the earth and the trees
the cycle of fruition
that vanishes in the cruel coldness of winter
and that reappears in the lush warmth
since the beginning
and in their longevity
we are given