Fjord Norway experiences great regional variation in temperature and weather, and with this great beauty. The seasons have their unique colours and sights and seem to blend into each other – some days it seems we experience all four in a single day!

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, a warm Atlantic Ocean current, Norway enjoys a warmer climate than other places that share the same latitude, such as Alaska and Siberia. As a rule, areas along the coast such as Bergen have a milder, wetter climate, while inland and mountainous regions experience colder temperatures and more snow in the winter months. The long-stretched region of Fjord Norway also sees some variation from north to south, where the south tends to be a couple of degrees warmer. One thing that north, south, mountains and fjords have in common is that they all experience a lot of weather changes! Watching the skies change from bright blue to stormy grey – and back again - is a fascinating experience but requires some preparation if you have planned on adventures in nature. The temperatures we have included are an average which will differ slightly depending on region and yearly variations, and you can always check the exact forecast at yr.no.

How to dress for an all-year adventure in Fjord Norway.

Spring: March, April, May

Spring is when we are surrounded by water in every shape. You may still experience the odd snowfall or icy pond in April or even May, even though it quickly gives way to a rain shower or a sunny day. Many see their favourite hiking trails start to appear under the disappearing snow in the mountains, which melts into trickling brooks and rumbling rivers. Waterfalls are at their biggest and most impressive in the late spring and early summer. The landscape is painted in bright colours as the trees burst into green. Varying from year to year but normally blossoming in May – June, the many fruit trees in the Hardangerfjord are a stunning white veil next to the blue fjord.

Average temperatures range from 4 – 11 ºC

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Summer: June, July, August

The most popular time to visit is also when the weather is at its mildest and most stable. The sun sets late in the evening, and on warm days you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the fjords and lakes. Raspberries and strawberries ripen in June and July, and wild blueberries are a sweet surprise for hikers. Even though temperatures can be around 25 ºC in the milder regions, the weather can still change very quickly and cool summer days with rain showers are not uncommon. Our most popular hikes such as Trolltunga are usually snow-free during summer, and a multitude of adventures in nature are available, from rafting to kayaking and biking, even skiing and glacier hiking.

Average low-high temperatures: 12-16 ºC

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Autumn: September, October and November

Autumn is harvest and hunting season, and the perfect time to try a traditional local meal of venison or grouse, with regionally farmed vegetables, fruits and berries. As the bright green forests and fields turn into marvellous golden and red hues, hikers love to explore the trails that are still snow-free. The region usually experiences a temperature drop in October, when the sun dips below the horizon earlier and earlier. As ever, the weather can change very quickly, and it is important to dress according to weather conditions when going on an outdoor adventure or sightseeing trip.

Average low – high temperatures: 4-15 ºC

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Winter: December, January, February

The winter months is when many look forward to exploring off-piste ski trails and zip down the slopes, while others enjoy the range of activities to enjoy the snow without skis, such as sleighing, snowshoeing and guided culture walks. Towering grey mountains and sloping hills are covered in snow, whereas cities and towns along the coast and lowland areas normally have milder, wetter weather with little snow. Staying warm and comfy is all about keeping the rain and wind out. Winter fjord cruises, cultural highlights and concerts attract visitors in the winter months for a city break or a stay in a quiet fjord village. This is also the time to learn the meaning of the typical Norwegian expression “kos”. Curling up in front of a fireplace, a warm wool jumper or blanket, good conversation or enjoying a quiet moment: these are the main ingredients for “kos”, which translates roughly into “coziness”.

Average low-high temperatures in coastal areas: 1-5 ºC

Inland and mountain regions: -3 ºC to -8 ºC

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