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Best time of year to visit Norway

Summer months from June to August are considered the best time to visit Norway: long days, midnight sun, relatively nice weather, and good access to famous sights like Preikestolen and Trolltunga. Well, summer is also the busiest time in Norway, so book in advance and be ready to meet tourists wherever you go. In the context of mild temperatures, gorgeous colours, and relatively cheap accommodation, May and September are deemed to be a great time to explore Norway. From October to March the days are short, and the temperature reaches freezing, especially up north and in the mountainous areas; it's also the time for witnessing the Northern Lights peaking in December–January. Norway is a fantastic winter choice for madly addicted to all sorts of winter sports from skiing and dog-sledding to ice skating.

29 THINGS TO DO IN NORWAY (JUNE 30 - JULY 09)

Hiking Trolltunga

Hiking Trolltunga

mid-June–mid-September • activity

Hikers stand in line to take a frightful photo of themselves sitting at the very tip of the "Troll's tongue"

Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

April–September • activity

This stone plateau is situated 600 m above tremendous Lysefjord and is a nice place to rest after the hike and enjoy a spectacular view

Blue Ice Walking

Blue Ice Walking

May–September • activity

Walking is always good, but when the hiking setting is a blue glacier—this exercise just becomes way more interesting

Whale Safari

Whale Safari

June–August | November–March • activity

Meet these honored sea creatures in person on the Norwegian Arctic whale tours

Trollstigen—the Troll’s Road

Trollstigen—the Troll’s Road

mid-May–October • activity

Steep slopes and abrupt turns are worth a drive to see the startling sceneries of surrounding mountains and maybe troll's humps

Glacier Lake Kayaking

Glacier Lake Kayaking

July–mid-September • activity

Kayaking in a lake enclosed with the glaciers and gazing at glassy wonders is a typical Norwegian pastime

Swimming in the Midnight Sun

Swimming in the Midnight Sun

June–August • activity

A midnight sun swim is a fun pastime during mild Norwegian summers

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

late May–early August • nature

Cute Arctic Puffins distinguished by beautiful beaks nest in colonies along the Northern islands of Norway

The Molde Panorama

The Molde Panorama

May – October • nature

Take a long walk up to Varden to enjoy the breathtaking view on the fjord and the town

The Tall Ship Races

The Tall Ship Races

July 02–05, 2020 • event

One of the most impressive sailing events worldwide

Walrus

Walrus

mid-October–June • nature

You might look for a couple of walruses on your own, but your best shot is to take a boat to Pyramiden

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

July–August • nature

If not for polar bears, many arctic wildlife species could not survive

Saltstraumen Maelstrom

Saltstraumen Maelstrom

March (year round, every full moon) • nature

The strongest whirlpool in the world which has existed for over 2000 years

Kjeragbolten Hike

Kjeragbolten Hike

June–September • activity

Let the giant Norwegian rubble be on top of your hiking list

Ekstremsportveko

Ekstremsportveko

June 23–30, 2020 • event

Extreme week in Voss is a unique occasion that hosts all the known extreme sports at once

Polar Days

Polar Days

Mid-May – Late July • nature

In summer the sun lavishes Norway with the daylight all night long

Hiking in Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking in Jotunheimen National Park

mid-June–late August • activity

The highest peaks and the best landscapes of Norway are waiting to be conquered and admired

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

May–September • activity

Norwegian rivers are popular among the rafters throughout Europe for both beginners and experts

Whaling Season

Whaling Season

April–August • food

For centuries, Europeans have harvested whales for their fat and baleen

Norge på Langs (Norway Lengthwise)

Norge på Langs (Norway Lengthwise)

June–mid-October • activity

Unfortunately, or maybe, fortunately, there's no officially marked route, which means every hiker is to pave one's own unique trail, either more easy or complicated

Bird Spotting

Bird Spotting

May–late August  • activity

North-Eastern Norway bursts into chirping and twittering during migratory bird breeding season

Salmon Fishing

Salmon Fishing

June – August • activity

Gaula River ensures the best salmon fishing experience in Europe

Dalsnibba

Dalsnibba

mid-May–October • activity

A drive to Europe's highest fjord outlook from the road

Sea Eagle Safari

Sea Eagle Safari

late March–mid-October • nature

These majestic eagles, the "king of birds," swoop down on the narrow Norwegian fjords

Brown Bears

Brown Bears

June–mid-August • nature

Better not to come across a hungry predator just after the end of hibernation season

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

May–August • nature

Delicate flowers add liveliness and colour to seemingly barren Arctic Nordic fields

Moose or Elk

Moose or Elk

June–August • nature

Norwegian fjord forests are home to the greatest species of deer—Moose

Longboarding

Longboarding

June–August  • activity

Adrenaline lover should try downhill longboarding on beautiful, steep and dangerous mountain roads of Norway

Strawberries

Strawberries

Late June – Late July • food

Norwegian strawberries are distinguished by a strong and sweet flavor

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Reindeer Migration

Reindeer Migration

January–February • nature

By the end of Christmas season, thousands of Santa's helpers set off for the two-month long trip across the frozen plains

The Atlantic Ocean Road

The Atlantic Ocean Road

September–October • activity

This "road to nowhere" is reminiscent of a deadly roller coaster being beset by brutal ocean waves

Northern or Polar Lights

Northern or Polar Lights

late September–late March • nature

Northern lights become observable only in the darkest nights

Blue Hours

Blue Hours

January–early February • nature

Sunless winter season has its own delight, when Norwegian landscapes bathe in glassy azure during blue hours

Sankt Hans

Sankt Hans

June 23 • event

Huge bonfires are lit to ward off evil witches while Norwegians are getting married for fun during the midnight sun

World Reindeer Racing Championships

World Reindeer Racing Championships

February 03–09, 2020 • event

Enjoy a truly unique and often hilarious experience at the Reindeer Racing Championships

Rørosmartnan or Røros Fair

Rørosmartnan or Røros Fair

February 18–22, 2020 • event

This ancient Scandinavian market is recreated in this special UNESCO world heritage site

Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating

November–early March • activity

Norway is famous for its love for winter sports with ice skating being one of the locals' favourite

Viking Festivals

Viking Festivals

June 04–07, 2020 (Avaldsnes) | August 05–09, 2020 (Lofotr) | August 06–09, 2020 (Tønsberg) • event

The original setting and ancient Viking atmosphere makes you feel like a member of the warriors' camp

Dry Fish Rack

Dry Fish Rack

March–May • food

Plenty of unsalted cod is dried by cold spring winds and almost freezing temperatures on huge wooden racks

Bergen’s Gingerbread Town (Pepperkakebyen)

Bergen’s Gingerbread Town (Pepperkakebyen)

late November–December • activity

Gingerbread Bergen is filled with thousands of small beautiful details made of sweet dough

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

November–April • activity

Winter season invites tourists to try their hand at skiing and snowbording on the Norwegian slopes

Canyoning

Canyoning

August – September • activity

Do you like walking through shallow flowing rivers, climbing slippery stones, and jumping from cliffs into pristine water?

Gladmat Festival

Gladmat Festival

July 22–25, 2020 • event

There is no better occasion to revel in Scandinavian delicacies than Gladmat Festival

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

November–March • nature

Dark in summer, Arctic fox dresses up into a white fur coat for winter

Frost 'Flowers'

Frost 'Flowers'

November–February • nature

The most unusual "flowers" that "bloom" only in winter

Kicksled World Championship

Kicksled World Championship

February 08, 2020 • event

A serious winter sports or just a kind of mock costume competition—anyway a delightful pastime for both "kickers" and spectators

Polar Nights

Polar Nights

late November–mid-January • nature

Winter holidays in Norway will give you a glimpse of what it is like to live without sun and the curious ways to find amusement without it

Reindeer Sledding and Sami Culture

Reindeer Sledding and Sami Culture

November – March • activity

The versatile and fascinating Sami culture is built around good-natured reindeers, Sami legends, food, and intriguing folk music

St. Olav Festival

St. Olav Festival

July 28–August 03, 2020 • event

The St. Olav Festival allows its visitors to go back to medieval ages and see the battle of Stiklestad with their own eyes

Cloudberry

Cloudberry

late July–early August • food

Whoever dares to pick up unripe cloudberries risks to be punished by law for wasting precious Arctic Gold

Ice Music Festival

Ice Music Festival

February 07–09, 2020 • event

Ice music was born in Norway thanks to the abundance of ice, talented ice sculptors, and ice musicians

Drekkedagsnatta

Drekkedagsnatta

December 22 • event

Tourists join the residents of Kongsberg in Drekkedagsnatta to party like the town's 17th century miners used to

Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Kirkenes Snow Hotel

late December–early April • activity

Thermal clothes, sleeping bags, and mattresses acompanied with Nordic vodka are very helpful in the snow hotel

A Kiss from an Arctic Wolf

A Kiss from an Arctic Wolf

February–April • nature

Who taught arctic wolves to kiss humans? Would you dare to let an amiable predator lick your face?

Red and Black Currants or Rips and Solbær

Red and Black Currants or Rips and Solbær

late September • food

A small portion of this berry sauce is sufficient to make a regular vanilla ice-cream taste heavenly good

Crowberries, Krekling or Krøkebær

Crowberries, Krekling or Krøkebær

late August • food

Hard, acidic and bitter crowberries are hardly ever eaten raw, but rather made into juices, wines, jellies, and sweets

Snow Kiting

Snow Kiting

November – March • activity

Snowboarding and skiing with a giant wind-powered kite is a must-do experience for all the adrenaline seekers

Norway's National Day

Norway's National Day

May 17 • event

Norway celebrates its statehood through ceremonial parades. The biggest parade winds its way through the streets of Oslo

Rjukan Icefestival

Rjukan Icefestival

February 07–09, 2020 • event

Frozen waterfalls are a perfect setting for such festivities as ice climbing speed competitions

Cowberries or Tyttebær

Cowberries or Tyttebær

early September • food

Sweet but sharp-flavored cowberry jam is traditionally served with meat

Ice Сlimbing

Ice Сlimbing

mid-January–mid-March • activity

Climbing up the icy rock is a life-time achievement you will be proud of 'til the end of days

Horse Riding in the Snow

Horse Riding in the Snow

November—March • activity

Hardy Scandinavian horses have been the most reliable means of transportation for centuries

Aquavit

Aquavit

November–early January • food

The Norwegian "water of life" contains spices, herbs, and around 40% alcohol. It is a common Christmas drink always present during festivities

Russefeiring

Russefeiring

mid-April–May 17 • event

The russ are wearing red pants inside out and red caps with a string of knots celebrating graduation

King Crab Safari

King Crab Safari

October–January • activity

Join professional divers to hunt one of the biggest crab species in the world!

Arctic Sea Ducks

Arctic Sea Ducks

January–February • nature

Norwegian arctic ducks amaze with their colors, vast numbers, and vocals

St. Lucia Day

St. Lucia Day

December 13 • event

Children parade dressed in white, carrying candles, singing songs, and hand out festive buns

World Cod Fishing Championship

World Cod Fishing Championship

March 19–22, 2020 • event

If you are lucky, you might be the next one to catch a record-breaking giant cod fish

Narvik Winter Festival or Vinterfestuka

Narvik Winter Festival or Vinterfestuka

March 13–22, 2020 • event

Ofotbanen railway is the framework of the Narvik Winter Festival celebrating the town's culture and history

Blackberries

Blackberries

August–October • food

Thanks to local blackberries ice cream tastes even more delicious and cakes look more attractive

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

September–February • food

Sea urchins, also known as sea hedgehogs, are a special cool weather delicacy

Fårikål Season

Fårikål Season

September • food

Norwegian children are taught to cook traditional lamb and cabbage stew in elementary schools

Bergenfest

Bergenfest

June 10–13, 2020 • event

One of the largest music festivals in Norway

Finnbiff or Reindeer Stew

Finnbiff or Reindeer Stew

September–January • food

A plate of hot reindeer stew will keep you warm, sated, and full of energy during a frosty winter day

Bilberries

Bilberries

Late August • food

Known for excellent healing and anti-aging qualities, bilberries have been used in medicine for ages

Rakfisk Festival

Rakfisk Festival

November 05–07, 2020 • event

Brine-cured trout is amazing at the Rakfisk Festival in Fagernes

Gløgg

Gløgg

November–early January • food

Not a single Norwegian Christmas party can do without warm spicy Gløgg, a local version of mulled wine

Autumn Migrations

Autumn Migrations

September – October • nature

Birds flocks break the night silence with their farewell cries during the autumn migration

Juleøl or Christmas Beer

Juleøl or Christmas Beer

November–early January • food

Long ago brewing Christmas beer was obligatory for all Norwegians and breaking this law was grounds for punishment

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

mid-November–late December • event

Experience some Scandinavian holiday magic

Red Bull Ragnarok

Red Bull Ragnarok

March 19–22, 2020 • event

The largest snowkiting competition in the world

Norwegian Lobster

Norwegian Lobster

October–November • food

To preserve the stock of Norwegian lobsters for the future years the young and spawning crayfish goes back to the sea

Lussekatt Buns

Lussekatt Buns

December 06–December 13 • food

Lussekatt buns are typical saffron treats served on St. Lucia Day

Pickled Herring

Pickled Herring

mid-December–late June • food

Herring pickled with onions, garlic, mustard, lingonberries, and other flavorings is a great Norwegian delight

Arctic Race of Norway

Arctic Race of Norway

August 15–18, 2019 • event

This 700 km racing route winds along the picturesque lands of Northern Norway

Julebrus or Christmas Soda

Julebrus or Christmas Soda

November–early January • food

Raspberry or champagne-flavored Julebrus is a favorite Norwegian softdrink for Christmas

Skrei Season

Skrei Season

January–April • food

The world's healthiest whitefish is abundant in the waters along the Norwegian coast during winter season

Christmas Desserts: Multekrem, Riskrem, Marzipan Christmas Pig

Christmas Desserts: Multekrem, Riskrem, Marzipan Christmas Pig

November–early January • food

Soft and creamy vanilla-flavored puddings topped with fruit preserves that melt in your mouth. These desserts are a must try during the holidays

Morello Cherries or Moreller

Morello Cherries or Moreller

mid-August • food

The sourness of morello cherries perfectly suits tart berry pies and serves as an excellent topping for poultry

Great Snipe

Great Snipe

Mid-May – Mid-June • nature

Eager males attract females' attention performing a polyphonic mating song

Christmas Specialties: Lutefisk and Fresh Cod

Christmas Specialties: Lutefisk and Fresh Cod

November–early January • food

A watery, jelly-like lutefisk and fresh cod boiled in salted water are still beloved Norwegian Christmas fish delicacies

Christmas Specialities: Ribbe with Medisterkaker, Pinnekjøtt with Kålrotstappe

Christmas Specialities: Ribbe with Medisterkaker, Pinnekjøtt with Kålrotstappe

November–early January • food

Roast pork ribs with meatballs or lamb ribs smoked over birch branches - any choice will be delicious

Pepperkaker Biscuits

Pepperkaker Biscuits

November–early January  • food

Snow crunches under your feet and Pepperkaker biscuits crunch in your mouth

Christmas Ham and Sausage

Christmas Ham and Sausage

November–early January • food

Succulent Christmas ham and a savory pork sausage is a highlight of Christmas cuisine all throughout Norway.

jan
6.3
feb
6.4
mar
6.9
apr
7.2
may
7.8
jun
8.3
jul
8.7
aug
8.4
sep
7.9
oct
7.1
nov
6.6
dec
6.5
Norway weather in January
6.3/10 score
Good
-5° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
6h 49m
daylight duration
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
6.4/10 score
Good
-4° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
9h 06m
daylight duration
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
6.9/10 score
Good
0° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
11h 51m
daylight duration
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
7.2/10 score
Very good
5° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
14h 36m
daylight duration
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
7.8/10 score
Very good
11° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
17h 10m
daylight duration
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
8.3/10 score
Excellent
15° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
18h 41m
daylight duration
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
8.7/10 score
Excellent
17° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
17h 54m
daylight duration
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
8.4/10 score
Excellent
15° average
average temperatures
11 mm
precipitation
15h 32m
daylight duration
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
7.9/10 score
Very good
12° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
12h 50m
daylight duration
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
7.1/10 score
Very good
6° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
10h 06m
daylight duration
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
6.6/10 score
Good
1° average
average temperatures
9 mm
precipitation
7h 33m
daylight duration
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
6.5/10 score
Good
-3° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
6h 03m
daylight duration
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.