Seasons in Norway

Norway is often called without exaggeration one of the most beautiful European country. According to ancient Japanese adage perfect landscape comprises of trees, rocks and water.

Dramatic Norwegian landscapes are fully matching this expression. Bosky rocky crags hang above the sea and numerous lakes. Sky changes it color from deep blue to nebulous dull gray. Narrow strip of land, stretched from north to south with ridge pressed to the sea – this is what Norway like. Icy, windy and cold land in the north part and sunny on the south.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Norway

Norwegian spring is like bright fleeting flare. Blooms and blossoms begin immediately after snow melting. Rhododendron is a first blooming plant. Yet on the south this plant grows to branchy bushes, rhododendrons from north are stunted scrub. Spring enforces all of mountain rivers and creeks. Length of days grows rapidly. Big flocks of birds come back. Geese, ducks and waterfowls are especially numerous. Animals are hurry to have an offspring. Attentive lovers of walks in the woods will be able to find lots of moose’s and their calves’ hoof prints.

Of course not all of the springs are bright and sunny, gloomy and rainy days do occur to. But mostly spring means blossoms. One kind of blooming plants changes with another. This flower chain is going until lilac blooms. And after that begins summer. Of course it mostly as for southern regions, where the capital Oslo is located. Norwegians love spring, especially for the Easter – favorite holiday for adults and kids.

The climate of the spring months

(Oslo)

March
Max average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (25 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (0,9")
Water t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
April
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (34 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1,8")
Water t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
May
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1,8")
Water t°: +11 °C (52 °F)

Spring holidays

12 Påskedag (Easter) – celebration of Jesus’s resurrection.

01 Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension) – celebration of Jesus’s ascension to heaven.

08 Frigjeringsdag – Norwegian Independence Day.

17 Grunnlovsdag – Day of Constitution, one of the most important public holidays.

30 Pinseaftan – celebration of the Creation of Eve.

Summer in Norway

Summer comes to Norwegian shores with schools of mackerel and herring. Seeking the good catch, thousands of fishers are traveling to the seaside. Yet their interests are not limited by only mackerel and herring. Ocean, lakes and mountain rivers are full with salmon, codfish and trout. Fishing in summer Norway is a reasonable and habitual activity.

In this season Norwegians, just like the rest Scandinavian, celebrating the middle of the summer. All celebrations are held on the third week of July. By this time cornflowers, daisies and poppies (favorite flowers for summer celebrations) are fully bloomed. New potatoes and strawberries are matured, and they the necessary dish in festive meals.

The climate of the summer months

(Oslo)

June
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2,6")
Water t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Jule
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3,1")
Water t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
August
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 95 mm (3,7")
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)


Summer holidays

23 St. Hansaften – celebration of the middle of the summer.

04 Dronning Sonja – Norwegian Queen’s birthday.

20 Kronprins Haakon Magnus – Norwegian Crown Prince’s birthday.

29 Olsok – national day of celebration of "Olaf's Wake".

19 Kronprinsesse Mette Marit – celebration of Crown Princes’ birthday.

Autumn in Norway

Autumn in Norway is a remarkably beautiful season. All country is covered with forests, so with the onset of autumn all those trees are colored in various shades of gold, purple and orange. Leafs are wither very fast, because this season is extremely short and lasts only two or three weeks.

Rare day passes without rain or fog. From time to time foggy curtain riches very high density and makes traffic dangerous. But sunny day bring joyful beauty of nature. Sky turns bright and clear, lakes become crystal clear and trees show their magnificent colors. Sometimes leaves even don’t have time to fall. Sudden snowfalls hide them underneath thick layer of snow.

The climate of the autumn months

(Oslo)

September
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3,1")
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
October
Max average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (2,9")
Water t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
November
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2,8")
Water t°: +9 °C (48 °F)

Autumn holidays

22 Prinsesse Marta Louise – celebration of Princes’ birthday.

24 FN-dagen – United Nations Day.

11 Mortensdag – St.Martin’s Day.

15 Farsdagen – Father's Day.

29 Søndag i advent – Sunday of Advent.

Winter in Norway

South coast is washed by Gulfstream flow. So winter as it is rare guest in this lands. Snow falls, but nit than often; even ice rink doesn’t always freeze. Average temperature became lower than 00С. But only as for coastal areas. Real winter comes after dozen miles inland. There are snow, cold and icy wind. Northern areas have even polar conditions with Northern Lights and permafrost. Winter is a longest season in Norway.

In areas with high attitude snow can fall even in the middle of October. Meanwhile population of lower areas enjoys warm and beautiful golden autumn. It darkens quickly and night is very long. Without beloved Christmas and thousands of sparkling lights winter would be very gloomy. Snow lies long after the beginning of the spring. Skiers spend their Easter holidays enjoying rides on mountainsides.

The climate of the winter months

(Oslo)

December
Max average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (25 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2,6")
Water t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
January
Max average t°: -2 °C (28 °F)
Min average t°: -7 °C (19 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2,0")
Water t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
February
Max average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Min average t°: -7 °C (19 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1,4")
Water t°: +3 °C (37 °F)

Winter holidays

21 Prinsesse Ingrid Aleksandra – celebration of Princes’ birthday.

24 Julaften – Christmas Eve.

25 Første Juledag – Christmas.

03 Fastelaven – Norwegian Carnival.

06 Askeonsdag – Ash Wednesday.

08 Morsdagen – Mother's Day.

21 Kong Harald V – celebration of King’s Birthday.