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Polar Nights in Norway

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

Best time: late November–mid-January

Polar Nights
Polar Nights
Polar Nights
Polar Nights

To spend a few dark blue days and nights in Norway is an unusual experience. In the northernmost part of the country the sun does not rise for two months between November and January. Although someone might think that it must be quite depressing to live for months without the sunlight and usual division into nights and days, many Norwegians consider this time their favorite season. In fact, recent surveys have proved that locals are less prone to winter depression than the residents of other regions. Actually, the nights are not so black, but rather blue, and snow coverage makes for appealing setting, which in general is really romantic and worth seeing. The most popular Polar Nights destination in Norway is Tromsø, located 350 km above the Arctic Circle and boasting 60 Polar Nights in a row.

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When is the best time to visit Norway to experience the Polar Nights?

To experience the Polar Nights in Norway, it is best to visit from late November to mid-January. This time of the year, the northernmost region of the country doesn't have sunlight for two months. It is a unique experience for tourists and many Norwegians admire it. During this season, snow coverage makes for an alluring setting and nights are not completely black, instead it is blue and romantic. Show more

Where is the most popular destination to experience the Polar Nights in Norway?

The most popular place to experience the Polar Nights in Norway is Tromsø. It is situated 350 km above the Arctic Circle, an ideal location to witness the sun not rising for 60 consecutive days. Tromsø is a prevalent spot to sight the Northern Lights, ski, dog sled, and enjoy other winter activities. The city offers accommodations and tours for visitors. Show more

What are some unique activities Norwegians do during the Polar Nights?

Norwegians have devised creative ways to enjoy the Polar Nights. Outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, fishing, dog sledding, and reindeer sleigh rides are common. Visitors can also explore the Tromsø Ice Domes, which are exclusively constructed from snow every year. Taking a dip in a hot tub under the stars or attending cultural events is also popular. Show more

How do locals cope with living without sunlight for two months?

Despite living without sunlight for two months, Norwegians don't experience much winter depression compared to other regions. They maintain an active and outdoor lifestyle during this season and take delight in the beautiful scenery and romantic atmosphere of the Polar Nights. Locals also use light therapy lamps to compensate for the lack of sunlight and maintain a healthy sleep pattern and mood. Show more

What is the weather like during the Polar Nights in Norway?

The Polar Nights in Norway are characteristically cold with temperatures ranging from -5°C to -15°C. Though the weather can vary, visitors are advised to prepare for snow and ice. Dressing in layers is recommended. Despite the cold weather, tourists can still relish in the outdoors by taking advantage of the snow filled environment with appropriate clothing and gear. Show more

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