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BEST TIME TO VISIT Norway

Norway is the fabled “Land of the Midnight Sun”, and it really does look like something out of a beautiful dream! It is a popular tourist destination, more so for the chances it offers for people to indulge in a plethora of adventure sports such as hiking, cycling, trekking, and cruises. The best time to visit Norway can be decided based on what sort of experiences you want to enjoy, and what sort of attractions you are looking to indulge in.

For those looking to try out the ski trails, the months of January and February are ideal, while for those who wish to enjoy the verdant landscapes, March, April and May are the best months. The winters are also ideal for watching the Northern Lights. In terms of weather and pleasant temperatures, the best time to visit Norway is from June to August, when the warm weather welcomes tourists from all over the world.

Summer Season: The summer season in Norway lasts from June to August, and is the most popular time to visit the country. The coastal areas and the southern regions of Norway are the clear favorites during this season, with the average temperature hovering between 20 to 30 °C. However, if you are planning to visit the mountainous regions of the country, be aware that the temperature usually falls well below zero.

Tips: For adventure enthusiasts, this is the best time to visit Norway! This is when you can check out the Midnight Sun, with daylight lasting nearly all through the day! This is also a good time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling, but with proper gear and winter wear, since the temperatures drop drastically in some areas. You will also find that the sea temperature during this time is perfect for snorkeling or swimming.

The Oslo Jazz Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival are also a must-attend, to get a glimpse into the country’s recent music scene.

Autumn Season: The months of September through November bring with them the autumn season. This is a good time to visit Norway, especially if you are going to Coastal areas that are characterized by warm weather. The landscape all around is covered in hues of rich reds and earthy browns, before the first snowfall arrives that covers everything in a pristine white.

Tips: Make sure to carry woolens, since the weather can change with the first rains or snowfall, which is unpredictable.

Winter Season: December to February is the winter season in the country, and this is the ideal time to visit Norway if you love snow. The landscape is rich with frozen lakes and streams, and the snow blankets everything. This is a great time for skiing and other snow sports. With short days and long nights, sightseeing will have to be planned very meticulously.

Tips: Make sure to stick to guided tours and hikes. One can enjoy alpine skiing and snow sports, if so inclined. Towards the middle of the season, several cabins and ski parks open up all around the country. This is also the best time to see the Northern Lights. The Christmas celebrations here are also a must-attend, be it in the city or in the rural areas.

Spring Season: The spring season in Norway lasts from March to May, and is a truly beautiful season for those in love with the many colourful facets of nature. The best part about spring is that, in the mountainous regions skiing can still be enjoyed.

Tips: Book your accommodations in advance, since a lot of cabins are pre-booked, especially around Easter, which is the busiest skiing season. Attend the MaiJazz and the Stavanger International Jazz Festival in May, if you’re visiting Norway during the summers.

One of the main attractions of visiting Norway in spring is the crossing of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, on which expeditions are held every year, and bookings must be made in advance. Other events and festivals that one can enjoy in spring in Norway include beer hikes and midnight sun kayaking.

Norway is the fabled “Land of the Midnight Sun”, and it really does look like something out of a beautiful dream! It is a popular tourist destination, more so for the...

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