The seasons in Norway

Getting to know Norway's four distinct seasons of the year

The four seasons in Norway are very distinct and each has its own unique personality. Norway is extra special in that it also has a Northern Lights season that lasts from October through to the end of March. Some say you really haven’t seen all of Norway until you have experienced each of its seasons.

The entire coastline is warmed by the Gulf Stream, providing most of southern Norway with a temperate climate with dry and cold winters and comfortably warm summers.

Due to the long distances in Norway, the climate and seasons vary quite a lot between regions. While spring is blossoming in the south, winter could still be going strong in the north. This is why
you can always experience more than just one season while travelling in Norway.

Spring – March, April and May

Spring gives you three seasons in one journey. Enjoy summer-like weather in Bergen, spring along the way, and full winter above the Arctic Circle.

  • Experience the return of the light and vitality along the coast.
  • Longer days give you more time to see and experience the white wonderland in the north.
  • March and April are also the best months for snow north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Primetime for ice and sea fishing.
  • There are still chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
Summer - Geiranger, Norways | © Photo Agurtxane Collection

Summer – June, July and August

Through the summer months, visitors can expect a special phenomenon: The Midnight Sun, 24 hours of daylight above the Arctic Circle that gives you more time to explore and experience Norway. Other highlights include:

  • Melting water means powerful and majestic waterfalls.
  • Exciting excursions in stunning sceneries; boat rides, sea eagle safaris, kayaking and hiking.
  • Special sailings into three pristine and beautiful fjords.
  • Lush landscape and mild temperatures.

Autumn – September, October and November

Autumn is a great time to discover the Norwegian coast, as summer crowd disappears and tranquil days onboard make it easier to enjoy serene sailings in spectacular scenery:

  • Sail into enchanting fjords like Trollfjord and Hjørundfjord.
  • Enjoy fresh locally sourced cuisine, delivered directly to the ship.
  • Crystal-clear crisp air and chances to see Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle.
  • The best season for hiking.
  • Experience coastal Norway at its most colourful.
Autumn - modern fishermen's cabins in Svolvar, Norway

Winter – December, January and February

Sailing with Hurtigruten in winter, away from light pollution, provides the best and most reliable chances for experiencing the Northern Lights. Other highlights:

  • Discover wild and untamed Norwegian winter scenery and snow-covered landscapes.
  • Explore the vast wilderness by snowmobile, dog sled or cross-country skiing.
  • Enjoy the cold, crisp air and Arctic light in different colours.
  • Experience polar nights above the Arctic Circle.
  •  The Hurtigruten Northern Lights Promise – Get a free voyage if you don’t see the Northern Lights on your cruise in Norway. The Northern Lights Promise is valid on cruises from October to March. T&Cs apply.

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