Norway weather in January
There is no more gloomy darkness in January. Though, Polar nights haven’t disappeared anywhere with Tromsø to the north remain dark for the first half of January. However, there is no complete blackout anymore. Snow is somewhat helpful. Rainstorms do not bother Norway any longer, and steady snow coverage reflects some far sunlight. Everyone names this fascinating afternoon phenomenon “blue hours.” So dry, frosty, and snowy January is another peak season to enjoy Norway through numerous winter sports available. Being one of the coldest in Norway, the first month of winter is also one of the best for viewing the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle. Norway's coast gets a milder climate due to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
Packing for a January vacation in Norway should depend on what you are planning to do and where. Generally, the temperatures throughout a month are below freezing, so dress warmly and in layers, pack waterproof coat and footwear and be ready to accept the sudden changes in weather.
Norway weather in February
In February, nothing changes much comparing with the previous month. The temperatures remain far below freezing, and snow is splendid during that period of the year. In Oslo, central and northern Norway the temperatures range within -6.6 ℃ and 3.8 ℃ (20 ℉ and 39 ℉). Through the Gulf Stream waters, Norway's west coast sees milder but rainier climate. February is another excellent time for observing the Northern Lights before it melts by the touch of spring. Blue hours are last seen in early February, and Polar Night season is over. Every following day brings more light.
If heading to Norway in February, the filling of your luggage should build on the region you are traveling to and activities you are up to. Anyway, warm wool garments won't hurt as well as water and windproof coat. Corresponding footwear is another must.
Norway weather in March
Spring is a rather complicated season to define. The snow coverage rarely melts in March, so it is more likely to be another winter month. Sometimes even random snowstorms might take place in the mountains, forming fantastic conditions for skiers. The northern city of Tromsø faces a considerable amount of snow as well. Anyway, March is the time when the air slightly warms up (especially in the west), the days get longer, and you still can enjoy the earliest glimpses of spring. Witnessing the Northern Lights is still possible as well.
As the weather in Norway might be unpredictable and changes instantly throughout March, warm clothes and waterproof footwear will be your best idea of all. No matter where you set out, let the windbreaker and raincoat be your best friends. If your main goal is skiing and the skies are clear, mind packing sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin.
Norway weather in April
Generally, April means melting snow, warming temperatures, and new-blown blossoms in Norway. But don't get your hopes up: the weather can be rather fickle in the country throughout a month. The southern part of Norway sees the temperature rise earlier than the northern regions. Moreover, you still might witness the snow blanketing in the north of Norway.
Pack sweaters, comfortable shoes, and a waterproof jacket if you decided to go to Norway in April. The main recommendation is not to trust your eyes: as soon as you put your coat on, the weather might change to better. Or worse.
Norway weather in May
Even though the snow might still cover some parts of the country, the south temperatures are slightly warming up. Generally, May is considered to be the best month to feel like a local in Norway. The nature is virtually exploding all around you—trees and flowers are waking to life, the melting snow in the mountains swells the waterfalls, roaring streams, and lakes, and the blossoming fruit trees along the Hardangerfjord are an unforgettable sight. The days continue getting longer, and the daytime temperatures creep into the 15.5 ℃ (60 ℉).
If your vacation to Norway falls on April, packing warm layers anyway is your best choice for the chilly mornings and evenings. Also, don't underestimate the power of a waterproof jacket and comfortable footwear.
Norway weather in June
Warm and sunny days after long and cold winter sleep must be the greatest lure for the majority of travelers to explore Norway. The most favorable weather conditions throughout June are observed in the coastal areas and the south of the country. The daytime temperatures typically hit 21 ℃ (70 ℉), but the night might be relatively cooler. Whichever is true, the northern regions provide the rare possibility to swim under the Midnight Sun. The northern Norwegians must check the clock to go to bed in time, for the sun doesn’t set for a couple of weeks.
During Norwegian summer, T-shirts and jeans might be the best option in the daytime. However, the layers might be significant for chilly and windy mornings or evenings. Don't underestimate the waterproof, comfortable coat and shoes as well.
Norway weather in July
July brings long days of summery weather to Norway and is considered to be one of the best times to visit the country. In the southern regions and fjord area, temperatures are typically milder during the day, and they slightly drop in the evening. But even farther north, the weather remains balmy. Along with warm Polar Days and continuous sunshine known as Midnight Sun, the month has much to offer. From magnificent Arctic wildlife watching to hiking to the most remote corners found in Norway. Besides, the glaciers have melted enough to host a couple of adventurous kayakers.
No matter when and where exactly you travel to Norway, the weather might be unpredictable: bring some layers and waterproof stuff just in case. Generally, warm summer days won't demand from you something more than jeans or a T-shirt. Okay, packing one warm hoodie won't hurt.
Norway weather in August
Though Polar Days are gone already, and the sun doesn’t shine at midnight anymore, except maybe far northern lands, the first part of August is still a warm (occasionally even hot) and pleasant time to visit Norway. Mid-August is often considered the beginning of autumn as the days get significantly shorter, colder and rainier, besides wildflowers fade, birds and whales start leaving the country. On the other hand, Norwegian wilderness abounds in wild berries and mushrooms, and also canyoning comes into season.
Although August in Norway might be delightful, pack a layer of wool for cooler mornings and evenings anyway. A good option will be a pair of proper walking shoes and raingear as well. Bringing sunscreen also makes sense.
Norway weather in September
Early autumn hangs up the high season's hat but still a beautiful time to visit Norway. A fair amount of rainfall and limited sunshine in September don’t spoil the vibrant season of autumn migrations. Temperatures are moderate, and tourists are less numerous, but this is even better as Troll’s tongue, and other hiking destinations are wonderful in their deserted wilderness. September offers the last occasion of white water rafting thrill. Besides, it is a perfect time to ride along notorious Atlantic Ocean Road. Mind that fall weather arrives earlier above the Arctic Circle, so don't let the sudden weather change to surprise you a lot.
As the weather in Norway throughout September is capable of showing its teeth, pay great attention to a packing process. Make warm garments along with a waterproof coat to be an excellent accompaniment to your favorite jeans, t-shirts, and a pair of walking shoes.
Norway weather in October
Even though October is an ideal time to enjoy Norway's colorful fall scenery, it is also one of the gloomiest and most boring months in this country. Meet the shorter daylight hours and less pleasant weather. You'll also have to deal with fewer activities and scarce wildlife. It’s cold, wet, and windy, and again the inland is cooled down faster than the coastline areas, as the land loses warmth faster than the sea. However, the only place where one can benefit from that kind of weather is Atlantic Ocean Road, which is tremendous during the seasonal storms.
You'll better accept the fact that seasons throughout October have a rare skill to suddenly change from fall to winter. So don't let it be a big surprise for you and pack accordingly. Warm layers, appropriate footwear, and waterproof gear in your suitcase, and you are halfway ready. As sometimes summery vibes may last into October, t-shirts and something light to wear might also be welcomed.
Norway weather in November
Although late autumn in Norway offers Northern Lights, fewer crowds, excellent whale watching, this period is not attractive at all. November showcases fewer daylight hours and is deemed to be the gloomiest time of year. Cold, windy, and rainy—are the main adjectives to describe the late November weather. If not for snow, Polar nights would have totally engulfed Norway's north. Thankfully, the first snowfalls in late November change the picture, adding some life and color to continuous Arctic darkness. Also, mind that it is slightly warmer in the southern part of the country.
Bring winter layers and gear with you to feel comfortable during your late autumn trip to Norway. A waterproof jacket and proper walking shoes is another right decision to pack.
Norway weather in December
Despite the cheerful holiday atmosphere, early winter in Norway can hardly be enjoyable, as, on top of being bitterly cold, it is also really dark. The only thing that saves December in the country from total darkness is snow. But it doesn’t help at this time of year, for snow doesn’t last for long—storms and rainfalls wash it down. The temperatures are quite low, occasional Polar Lights represent a possible seasonal grace, but overall the only sure delight of the season must be Christmas celebration. Temperatures on Norway's coast will feel less bitter than northern and central Norway. However, you can still expect snowfall in the mountains.
No doubt that the warm woolen clothes might come in handy during your December vacation to Norway. Mind packing raincoat and waterproof footwear as well: the rain has a tendency to turn into snow these days.