When to Go
When to Go
The tourist season peaks in June, July, and August, when daytime temperatures are often in the 70s (21°C to 26°C) and sometimes rise into the 80s (27°C to 32°C). In general, the weather is not overly warm, and a brisk breeze and brief rainstorms are possible anytime. Nights can be chilly, even in summer.
Visit in summer if you want to experience the endless days of the midnight sun; the best time to visit is mid-May to late July. Hotels, museums, and sights have longer opening hours and the modes of transportation run on more frequent schedules. If you decide to travel in May, try to be in the country on the 17th, or Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day, when flag-waving Norwegians bedecked in national costumes, or bunader, fill the streets. Fall, spring, and even winter are pleasant, despite the Nordic reputation for gloom. The days become shorter quickly, but the sun casts a golden light not seen farther south. On dark days, fires and candlelight will warm you indoors.
Winter Norway is a wonderland of snow-covered mountains glowing under the northern lights, and few tourists are around to get in your way (although many tourist attractions are also closed). The days may seem perpetually dark, and November through February can be especially dreary. If it's skiing you're interested in, plan your trip for March or April, as there's usually still plenty of snow left. Take note that during Easter Week, many Norwegians head for the mountains, so it's hard to get accommodations—cities are virtually shut down, and even grocery stores close.
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