Most visitors come to Fjord Norway during the summer, but the greatest wonders are reserved for those who come in the spring and autumn.
There are three main issues that influence the climate
The Gulf Stream: Due to the Gulf Stream the temperature in the ocean along the coast of Norway is 5-10 degrees celsius warmer than other places it would be natural to compare to Norway (for instance: Alaska and Sibir). Because of the Gulf Stream Fjord Norway enjoys mostly mild weather in spring and autumn
The great difference between Norways many high- and lowpoints
The extremly long north-south coast line
Worth noting in general
In Fjord Norway sunsets and sunrises, dawn and dusk last longer than at more southern latitudes
Weather and temperatures can change very quickly. Bare this in mind when you dress and plan for hiking or skiing in the mountains. At the high mountains, temperatures may drop rapidly as the sun sets. If you are unlucky and at the same time experience a shift to strong winds and rain, you may see temperatures drop close to freezing point even in the summer
In May the most amazing colours burst forth to greet the warming sun. Orchards of blossoming fruit trees are as dazzling as the glacier and snow-capped mountains above. A striking contrast in colours. Roaring rivers filled with meltwater rush toward the sea; cascading waterfalls are mirrored by the fjords.
The summer in Fjord Norway peaks in late June to early August. This is when the weather is at its most stable and warmest with sunny, long and bright days. It is not unusual with temperatures reaching 25°C and above.
The region of Fjord Norway is among the most wet areas in the world if you count out the thropics. This water combined with the steep mountains and fjords (that provides shelter), and the heat from the sun, gives life to some of Norways most fruitful areas for growing fruits, different sorts of berry and vegetables. When traveling in the fjords, make sure you get a taste of some of the locally produced bottled juice. For instance in the Hardangerfjord.
In autumn (from September) the landscape is draped in golden colours. Red clusters of rowanberries hang on naked branches attracting birds. Along the fjords it is harvest time. Farm children may stand by the roadside, selling you delicious apples, pears and plums. If you stop longer you can sample traditional fare.
Autumn is also hunting season. Traditional game includes grouse, deer, wild hares and reindeer. In the towns of Fjord Norway, where you can literally taste the seasons in better restaurants, you are never far from the wilderness.
During wintertime (from November) the great mountain-terrain turns Fjord Norway into a paradise for skiiers. Wether you prefer throwing yourself off the highest peaks in untouched nature, or enjoy the social fun skiing at the many skiresorts, you should know that Fjord Norway has an amazing menue to offer those interested in pushing prestine snow.
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, and remember that even in the summer it is possible to find exellent conditions for skiing.