Finding the perfect time to go to Norway is a big question among travelers, and it is one of the most asked questions about traveling to Europe as well.
It comes down to your personal preference when it comes to going to Norway. We aren’t talking about whether or not you like Winter or Summer, no; we’re talking about money. The best months to go to Norway, for scenery and tourist purposes, would be around June and July.
1. The Most Popular Time Of Year
Our reasoning for this is because of something called the Midnight Sun. The Midnight Sun is when, close to sunset, the sun almost dips below the horizon, but actually, does not. It then stays at this level of light until sunrise, where it bounces back. Therefore, it perpetually hops from one side of the sky to the other, like the world’s largest game of table tennis.
These two months, June and July, are Europa’s most expensive tourist season. The same goes for Norway. The temperatures never usually exceed around 70 or so degrees and, due to the climate of Nothern Europa, it is never too dry nor too wet.
That may sound like a good thing, and, in some cases, it is. I mean, what is wrong with a bunch of tourists? Sure, sometimes some events or tourist attractions may be significantly busier, but there is always a drive to see it, money, and everything that comes with it. You will end up spending tourist-style rates when you go during the summer, which nobody wants to do.
That’s why I went during the early fall. Let me explain.
2. The Seasonal Sweetspot
September to October is the best time to go if you want to still get some fantastic views, spend a lot less money, and still take away all of the wonderful memories that accompany traveling, especially to Norway. The weather will also be incredibly kind as well. The beginning to the middle of September, after the tourist season, has temperatures that range from 50 or so to 60 or so during the daytime, with temperatures naturally dipping lower during the mornings and the evenings.
There is also the proposition of seeing the Northern Lights during the fall. Now, while it is true that you have a far better chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis in the wintertime, it is still known to occasionally happen during the fall, and on some rare occasions, during the late summer.
Therefore, if you go in the fall (even if it is during the beginning to middle, and not necessarily when it is the most prominent) you are striking a chance of seeing it.
3. The Colder Months
As previously stated, after September is when airfare (plane tickets and other forms of transportation) and hotels, as well as hostels, are at their cheapest. This goes for the official winter season as well. There are not a ton of things you can do that are strictly outdoor in the wintertime, such as hiking or biking within the city, but the cities themselves and other ‘indoor’ attractions are always open and ready to take your money.
Accompanying this is the Northern Lights, as we talked about previously a little bit. The winter months is when it is most prominent and, in some places, you can see it almost every night. If you are a photographer or videographer, late fall to early winter is by far the best time for you to go on your own adventure in Norway.
Take a look at a great video about the culture of Norway and get an idea of what to expect!