Best time to travel to Norway

Arctic Fox in Norway

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

Best time: November–March

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Next to the polar bear, Arctic foxes belong among the most unique Arctic wildlife species. Its common habitat is Svalbard, particularly Longyearbyern, but they are also found at Børgefjell and Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Parks. You might have a closer look at the arctic fox in the Langedrag Naturpark.

Though many sources suggest that the best time to observe Arctic foxes is summer, you should remember that Arctic foxes only have white pelage during the winter time, whereas in the warm season their fur gets darker. So, if you want to take a picture of a white Arctic fox, come between November and March.

Besides, in winter you can observe the amusing spectacle of Arctic fox hunting for a lemming. The latter help them to survive the cold. Once a fox has sniffed a prey under ground, the fight begins. A fox leaps into the air to dive deep into the snow. It is not easy, everything is to be counted with a great precision—if the leap is too weak, the landing might be pretty painful. Otherwise, a fox might get stuck in the ground. It's vital for foxes to master hunting skills if they want to live through the severe season.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Norway to see the Arctic fox?

Between November and March, Arctic foxes in Norway have their fur turn white and hunt extensively. During this time, tourists can observe them in their natural habitat as they hunt for lemmings to survive the extreme cold. A unique experience during this season is taking pictures of the Arctic fox's white fur coat. Show more

Where is the common habitat of Arctic foxes in Norway?

Arctic foxes commonly inhabit Svalbard, particularly Longyearbyern, as well as Børgefjell and Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Parks in Norway. In these locations, they roam and hunt freely, allowing tourists to catch glimpses of these magnificent creatures. Show more

Where can I observe the Arctic fox in Langedrag Naturpark?

Wildlife protection and breeding park, Langedrag Naturpark, offers guided tours to give tourists a chance to observe Norway's Arctic foxes. During winter, the park showcases feeding sessions where you can witness the Arctic foxes' striking hunting behavior. Show more

What makes the winter season the best time to observe Arctic foxes in Norway?

The winter season provides the ideal observation time for Arctic foxes in Norway. During this season, the foxes' fur is white, aiding their camouflage against the snow, while they actively hunt for lemmings to survive in the extreme cold. Observing the foxes in their natural habitat offers memorable and stunning close-up views and photographic opportunities. Show more

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