Coastal Seasons in Norway

During the summer months the sun works overtime. It forces winter to retreat, puts green leaves back onto the bare trees, renews the colours of the fields and meadows, makes the sea sparkle and creates evocative shadows over the landscape… practically 24 hours a day.

SpringMarch is the first month of spring, and provides milder daytime temperatures in the southernmost part of the country, but generally ends with proper winter, freezing temperatures and northern lights (aurora borealis) in the north. April is the month in which spring can be felt throughout the country, although you will still experience both winter and spring along the coast. Spring and the beginnings of summer can be felt in May, although winter hasn’t quite released its hold in the north. An exciting and beautiful time of year — encompassing a wide range of temperatures, colours and drama.The midnight sun is approaching, the days are long and the nights are bright…

SummerThe season when most people use their holidays, many wanting to see the famous midnight sun making up for its absence from northern Norway during winter.This is the verdant season throughout the country and temperatures can reach 25ºC even in the northernmost areas.

AutumnIn September, the remains of the summer are still there, but new snow can be seen on the mountain tops.The north is generally fully decked in autumn colours, whilst in the south there is still more green.There can still be plenty of unused, warm days that can be enjoyed on deck. October is nature’s messenger, warning us that winter is just around the corner, although in the south the skies are clear and the autumn colours are bright. Further north the multitude of colours is replaced by powerful, dramatic contrasts of black and white. October is an exciting month to travel in, as it encompasses several seasons. In November autumn turns to winter, and the first snow generally falls in the north.The polar nights have set in, and we have to “pay” for the midnight sun of the summer.The light, however, has many colours, from pink through purple and blue to green.The northern lights make the night sky strange and varied.

WinterA winter voyage can stretch from the snowless fjords of western Norway to the “seven sisters” mountain range in the north, dressed in their winter garments.The delicate, pale winter light is one of the strongest characteristics of the Norwegian coast, in addition to the northern lights which, during winter, provide a fantastic display in the northern skies. December brings Christmas and candles to both small fishing villages and large towns. A traditional Norwegian Christmas celebration at sea is a really special experience. January and February are still cold months, but warmth and happiness are not too far away. The sun returns to northern Norway, and the days grow ever longer.

Source: Hurtigruten