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Norway Weather And Best Time To Visit Norway
Norway, the name itself brings to fore the white glaciers ensconced by thick forests, skies the colour of northern lights and a round, orange orb of a sun that does not set at night in summers. The landscape of this beautiful country of Norway is aided by its beautiful weather through spring and summer, attracting tourists in great numbers. The sea here is ice cold in winters and might even freeze on the shores, while becoming welcoming and warm come summer, flowing from the gray dreary colours to ice blues.
Ready to see this place with your own eyes now? Well, here’s a guide on the best time to visit Norway.
Spring (March to May)
The spring season in Norway is pretty pleasant and warms up nicely by May. Rhododendrons are a beautiful highlight of this season and start blooming right after the snow melts. The mountain rivers melt and swell, creeks overflow, the daylight goes on increasing and birds that migrated away earlier return home. You will find geese, ducks, waterfowls etc in large numbers in most lakes and national parks around. The best part of the country to visit is south-Norway, around the capital Oslo. The temperature range here remains between 6-16°C in May.
Summer (June to September)
Summer in Norway means hiking, fishing, kayaking and basically spending all your time outdoors. Now that the water bodies have melted and are warmed up, fish abound in oceans, lakes and rivers; from mackerel to herring, salmon to trout and codfish. Mid-July is supposed to be a celebration time of summer here, with temperatures reaching peak between 13-22°C. There is an abundance of flowers, with poppies, daisies and cornflowers blooming, strawberry bushes and potatoes making for favourite foods to cook summer recipes. This is a great time to visit to enjoy the midnight sun, hiking, kayaking and the nature.
Autumn (October to November)
Autumn is a beautiful, albeit wet season in Norway. While trees shed leaves and forest floors get drenched in reds, deep purples and golds, the skies are overcast and rain down for 10-11 days every month. Fog is almost ever present and the curtain makes it very difficult to travel, especially since traffic jams ensue even in the most open spaces. Later months also see light snowfall in south Norway and heavy in the north, paving way to a cold summer.
Winter (December to February)
South of Norway sees the Gulf stream currents and hence doesn’t see a very cold winter. In fact, the effects are sobered. Light snowfall may be seen for a few days but roads don’t freeze very often. The real winter season hits Northern Norway, and the hinterland. Icy gusts of winds, heavy snowfall, frozen waterbodies… you name it and Norway sees it. The extreme north sees permafrost and also beautiful skies painted with Northern Lights. This is the best time to go see this brilliant phenomenon or even go skiing. Tromso and Bodo are two of the best destinations for seeing Northern Lights.