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The Midnight Sun in Norway

It is in the middle of the night and the sun is still shining north of the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway. Here the summer days lasts for weeks and months.

This natural phenomenon influences all people, the locals, and the visitors. They get more energetic, happy and light-hearted. Come and enjoy the sun, the colours, cultural traditions and events, which combine people in a fantastic atmosphere in Northern Norway.

Where and when to see the Midnight Sun

The further north you travel, the longer the Midnight Sun is visible. During the summer, you can experience up to 24 hours of sunlight above the Arctic Circle , giving you more time to enjoy the sights and make discoveries. Northern Norway covers a third of Norway and offers various landscapes and coastal vistas. Far up inside the Arctic Circle, in Longyearbyen on Svalbard  or the Lyngenfjord region , midnight can be like noon on a midsummer day. At the same time, the light is suggestive of early evening, with warm, golden tones at North Cape. Further south, though, where the sun peeks between the mountain tops and is only just above the horizon at midnight, more reddish tones appear than one often sees on postcards.

What is the Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon in which the sun is above the horizon at midnight, the rest of the night and all day. At North Cape, the sun stays shining in the sky for over 1,800 hours without setting. You’ve no doubt seen that globes are slightly tilted on their axes. This is because the Earth itself is slightly tilted on its axis.

Adventures in the Midnight Sun

24 hours of daylight give flora and fauna along the coast an energy boost. This will likely rub off on visitors, so why not use the extra energy to experience some Midnight Sun activities available throughout Northern Norway. Many land and shoreline activities include kayaking, swimming, camping, cycling, hiking, fishing and golf. The fjords are also a spectacular route to follow the Midnight Sun north with various sailing options from the local tour cruise operator Hurtigruten.

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The Midnight Sun in Norway: All you need to know

Enter the world of the mythical midnight sun. Norway is one of the best places on Earth to experience 24-hour daylight during summertime when the shimmering greens of the northern lights are swapped for verdant vegetation.

“Night was coming on again; the sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink”, wrote Knut Hamsun, a Norwegian author who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in his 1894 novel Pan.

The midnight sun in Norway inspires awe in all who witness it.

We’re bringing you a complete guide to Norway’s midnight sun: the best place to see the midnight sun in Norway, how it affects humans and the environment, what causes the midnight sun, and when and where exactly this fantastical phenomenon occurs.

Why does the midnight sun occur?

The Earth rotates on a tilted axis (at about 23.5 degrees) relative to the sun. This tilt causes the Earth’s seasons and gives way to phenomena like the northern lights and the midnight sun.

During the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, the North Pole is angled toward the sun, while the South Pole is angled away from the sun – and vice versa during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months.

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At the North Pole, the sun can shine 24 hours a day for six full months during the summer.

The further away from it you get, the shorter the midnight sun lasts and the more diluted its light is.

Polar zones

When is the best time to see the midnight sun in Norway?

The best time to see the midnight sun in Norway varies depending on your location – but it must be during the warm weather months.

Above the Arctic Circle, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard sees the 24/7 midnight sun from late April to late August.

Further away, you’ll experience bright sun during the day and something like what Hamsun described during the night: a sun that sets so close to the horizon that it appears to have just gone down for a short drink.

In southern Norway, the midnight sun doesn’t last quite all night, and there can still be sunsets and sunrises.

For example, in the capital city of Oslo, June and July have prolonged hours of sunlight (around 19), with the sun setting between 11 PM and 4 AM.

How does the midnight sun affect the environment?

The plant life of Norway generally benefits from long daylight hours, enjoying the warmth and longer photosynthesis cycles.

The midnight sun illuminates wildflowers in Nykvåg, Norway

Also enjoying the midnight sun’s perks are Arctic animals.

Animals that feed primarily by sight, like elk, have more hours during which they can feed. More plant life allows more feeding opportunities for grazing animals like reindeer. Feeding in the summer and the consequent improvement in strength is important for Arctic animals to survive the severe northern winters.

Studies carried out by the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø have shown that the circadian rhythms of reindeer actually adjust to the Arctic’s extreme conditions, minimizing problems in sleep and digestion for the mammals.

How does the midnight sun affect humans?

To continue Hamsun’s quote: “Night was coming on again; the sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink. I could feel more strangely on those nights than anyone would believe.”  

Humans’ circadian clocks don’t have the adaptation reindeer do, so the midnight sun can make us feel really “out of it.”

Our successful functioning relies heavily on our circadian rhythms, which are regulated by a structure called the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SN). The SN is located in the brain at the intersection of the optic nerves.

Sunlight is much more potent and compelling to the SN than unnatural lights such as our cellphone screens or lamps (which affect the SN, but to a smaller degree).

So, the midnight sun can be very confusing to the body. When our circadian rhythm is off, other functions begin to falter, too, including memory, alertness, mood, energy levels, and digestion. The effects could be likened to the feeling of jet lag. Another issue can be prolonged skin exposure to the sun.

The midnight sun brings certain benefits to humans, too, though.

After a rough, dark winter, longer days are often just what’s needed. All of a sudden, there’s much more time for activities like hiking, kayaking, hanging out with loved ones, and more – and they can all be done under the sun.

The midnight sun is a sight to behold, and simply experiencing it can bring happiness and a sense of wonder. There are few places and times where one can, for example, trek a glacier illuminated in gold sunlight at 3 AM.

How can you protect yourself against more adverse effects of the midnight sun?

General well-being methods such as healthy eating, using relaxation techniques, and exercising can help us adjust to the midnight sun. Additionally, creating a dark sleep environment will aid the body’s circadian rhythms.

Many northerners affected by the midnight sun have either black-out drapes or aluminium window coverings in their houses. Sleeping masks can help, too.

A Norwegian house with interior window coverings

Most locals are well-acquainted with the midnight sun in Norway and already have methods in place to handle it each year.

If you’re just visiting Norway for a short time , you’ll likely just want to enjoy it – but bring your sunscreen and reserve a day (or two) for sleeping when you get back home.

What is the best place in Norway to see the midnight sun?

If you want to experience the midnight sun, literally, you’ll have to head north. Just remember not to stare directly into the sun unless you have the required eye gear.

One of the best places to see the midnight sun in southern Northern Norway (and twist your tongue along the way) is the district of Helgeland, which sits just below the Arctic Circle. Helgeland is known for the Kystriksveien, or Coastal Route, a road trip extraordinaire. The route is comprised of a 625-kilometre scenic drive that’ll take you from Namsos to Bodø.

The district of Bodø and its namesake main town also make for a great base to enjoy the midnight sun in Norway. You’ll have extra daylight hours to fully explore the exciting area, from visiting museums (like the Nordland Museum, which features Viking treasure) to hiking the craggy Børvasstindan mountain range.

The Lofoten Islands

Head to the northwestern islands of Lofoten to experience manifold natural wonders soaked in a blanket of golden sun. As you traverse rocky coastal peaks and beautiful white-sand beaches, you’ll appreciate the extra sightseeing hours even more.

Troms og Finnmark

Troms og Finnmark County is mainland Norway’s northernmost region. Must-see spots include the vibrant city of Tromsø (try local seagull eggs if you dare), the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau (which is home to more reindeer than people), and the most northerly point in Norway: the North Cape (where you can try activities like dog sledging).

The Svalbard archipelago sits halfway between the North Pole and Norway, and as such, it has more midnight sun than anywhere else in the country. Polar bears live on the island (so always head into nature with a guide), which is also home to the world’s northernmost town of Longyearbyen.

Where does the midnight sun occur in the world other than Norway?

During their summer months, you’ll find the midnight sun reigning over the world’s polar regions. Those include:

  • Canada (northern regions)
  • Greenland 
  • Russia (northern regions)

The polar regions: giving a whole new meaning to trying everything under the sun.

This Midnight Sun phenomenon, resulting from the Earth’s axial tilt, transforms the Norwegian landscape into a realm of perpetual daylight during the summer months, offering a unique experience that contrasts starkly with the dark winters.

While it presents challenges to human circadian rhythms, leading to effects akin to jet lag, it also brings the joy of extended days filled with outdoor activities and socializing. This comprehensive guide to the midnight sun in Norway illuminates the intricate interplay between nature, wildlife, and humans to experience one of the world’s most extraordinary natural events.

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The Midnight Sun in Norway

Christian Hoiberg

What is the Midnight Sun?

  • Where can you see the Midnight Sun in Norway?
  • When can you see the midnight sun?
  • What activities can you do beneath the midnight sun?

Norway is home to several fascinating natural phenomena and it's quite honestly hard to choose which is the greatest. The Midnight Sun, however, seems to be the most popular amongst the majority of tourists and it attracts hundreds of thousands on a yearly basis. But what is this fascinating phenomenon? What makes it so special and is it really worth visiting Norway just to witness it? That's some of the questions we'll look at through this article.

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The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. Since the axial tilt of Earth is considerable, the sun doesn't set during a period of time at these areas. That means that during a specific period of time (how long depends on how close you're to the pole) the sun doesn't set, resulting in 24 hours of daylight. In some areas, this is referred to as  the Polar Day . 

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That's right. During a certain period of time, there are 24 hours of daylight in one day. The sun doesn't set. It's not hard to understand why this phenomenon is so popular among both locals and tourists. While it might be a little chilly, going for a midnight swim in broad daylight is something you won't forget!

Where can you see the Midnight Sun in Norway? 

A common misconception is that you can see the Midnight Sun wherever you go in Norway. Unfortunately, that's not true.

The days are long in all of Norway during the summer months. For example, in Oslo, the sunset is close to 11 PM and sunrise between 3 AM and 4 AM in the months of June and July, resulting in close to 19 hours daylight. Still, there is a sunset so it does not categorize as a Polar Day. 

Since the Midnight Sun is a phenomenon that occurs north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle, it only occurs in the northern parts of Norway. The further north you go, the longer the nights become. 

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The most popular places in Norway where you can watch the Midnight Sun are: 

  • Bodø
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Tromsø
  • Longyearbyen (Svalbard)

When can you see the midnight sun? 

The duration of the Polar Day period depends on how far north you are. The further north you go, the longer the period lasts and the earlier it begins.

As mentioned above, the rest of Norway also have long days even though the sun goes below the horizon. However, just because the sun dips below the horizon doesn't mean that it's dark. Since the sun just bearly goes beneath the horizon, you simply have a long-lasting blue hour rather than darkness.

What activities can you do beneath the midnight sun? 

The Midnight Sun is a fascinating phenomenon and it has a great impact on the locals. It's not uncommon to see someone bring out the lawnmower or neighbors enjoying a cup of coffee at midnight. Also, the kid's bedtime seems not to be as strict anymore and the people become more energetic. After a long and dark winter, they make the most out of this bright period (even though it can drive you crazy sometimes)! 

So, how can you take advantage of the Midnight Sun during your visit to Northern Norway? 

The most popular activity amongst both locals and tourists is hiking . The landscapes of Northern Norway are dramatic, beautiful and unlike anything else.t. Either it's an easy stroll along on of the beautiful beaches or a more demanding hike to summit one of the majestic peaks, hiking beneath the Midnight Sun is an experience you won't forget. If you're an outdoorsy person, bring a tent and go camping in one of the peaceful mountains!

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Since Norway is a country known for its nature, it's understandable that most Midnight Sun activities involve some sort of adventure. A very popular attraction is to go kayaking at midnight and explore some of the majestic scenery from a different perspective. There are several companies that offer such tours so you don't need to worry about owning your own kayak to explore the fjords beneath the midnight sun.

If you really want to make an experience for a lifetime, how about going for a quick swim in the Arctic waters? It might not be tropical temperatures but swimming beneath the Midnight Sun is something unique. In fact, many of the locals go to the beaches during the summer months and some of the beaches in Northern Norway do have a tropical feel to them (despite the colder water).

Are you ready for a unique experience? Now you know what to do!

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Where to see the midnight sun in Norway

Norway is one of the best places on Earth for viewing the midnight sun. Also known as the polar day, the midnight sun is when the sun is visible above the horizon at midnight and daylight lasts for more than 24 hours.

Norway is one of the best places in the world for seeing the midnight sun

The midnight sun is an eerie, atmospheric natural phenomenon that takes place high above the Arctic Circle (and below the Antarctic Circle) at the height of summer.

Although there’s no distinction between night and day, the brightness of the light varies, with the sun’s rays casting a soft glow and bronze colour over the dreamy landscapes, making it perfect for photography.

It’s kind of like a sunset that merges with a sunrise – and if you’ve never seen it before, we think you’ll love it.

You can also see the midnight sun in Sweden and Finland. So at makes Norway special? Well, with all those mountains and fjords, the scenery is much more beautiful (but don’t tell the Swedes we said that).

When can you see the midnight sun?

The midnight sun is visible in central and northern parts of Norway during summer. Southern parts of the country like Oslo are still bright at this time of year, but they don’t truly get daylight at midnight.

The absolute best time to see the midnight sun is from late May to early July. Of course, how much daylight you’ll see on any given day depends on your exact location. The basic rule is: the further north you go, the more days of round-the-clock sunlight there are.

We’ve included exact dates for specific places in Norway in our list below.

Appropriately named the “land of the midnight sun”, Norway has no shortage of places to experience this golden light all summer long.

Provided that no mountains or valleys obstruct your view, you can see the midnight sun from just about anywhere above the Arctic Circle.

The further north you go, the longer the polar day lasts, with 34 days of daylight in Bodø up to 124 days of daylight in Svalbard during the summer months.

Here are some of our favourite places to view the midnight sun in Norway.

Located just north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by both mountains and the sea, Bodø is an idyllic starting point for many midnight sun adventures.

Midnight sun in Norway

You can take an evening stroll on the rugged ridge of Mount Rønvikfjellet to catch a glimpse of the midnight sun hanging over the city centre, or explore the islands of the Salten district by boat.

Another favourite midnight sun viewpoint is Kjerringøy, Norway’s most intact trading post situated 30 kilometres north of Bodø.

Where to stay

Within walking distance of the city centre and the harbour, the Radisson Blu Hotel Bodø has rooms with city and sea views. Alternatively, check into Kjerringøy Bryggehotell for midnight sun views from your own private patio.

When is the midnight sun visible?

4 June to 8 July (34 days)

The Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago is known for its coastal beauty and dramatic landscapes.

While the towering mountains block the midnight sun from many inland locations, the northwestern coast is dotted with more than enough viewpoints to make up for it, such as the fishing village of Eggum and Unstad Beach.

Seeing the midnight sun in Norway

This four-hour midnight sun excursion leaves from the town of Svolvaer on the Lofoten islands, and is a fun way to see the northern sun over the dramatic coastline. Alternatively, you can join this epic midnight sun sailing trip (also from Svolvaer).

If you want to head further afield, you can get amazing interrupted views of the midnight sun from the remote island of Røst, some 100km off the mainland, and home to nearly a million seabirds.

You can’t get much closer to the coast than Unstad Arctic Surf with great views of the midnight sun over the sea. Alternatively, book a traditional rorbu , converted fisherman’s cabin, at Svinøya Rorbuer , within walking distance of Svolvær.

28 May to 14 July (47 days)

Since Tromsø is northern Norway’s largest city, there’s plenty to see and do beneath the golden glow of the midnight sun.

You can run in the annual midnight sun marathon, hike on an organised midnight sun tour , ride the Tromsø cable car to a height of 421 metres, or go sailing beneath bright summer skies in the dead of night.

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To improve your Insta story, take this six-hour midnight sun tour with a professional photographer who’ll give you top tips on how to get the best pics – then relax around a campfire barbecue.  

Check into the waterfront Scandic Ishavshotel for views of the city and the harbour, or settle into the central   Enter Amalie Hotel , where free afternoon waffles are up for grabs. 

20 May to 22 July (63 days)

The North Cape

Locally known as Nordkapp, the North Cape is not only mainland Europe’s northernmost point, but also one of the most iconic places to view the midnight sun. Here, the sun stays above the horizon for an unbroken 1800 hours.

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For unobstructed views of this spectacle of nature, head onto the flat plateau of the cliff that towers above the sea some 307 metres high.

Book a cottage at Nordkapp Camping where reindeer regularly roam the grounds, or choose a room with a panoramic view of the fjord at The View.

14 May to 29 July (76 days)

Midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Arctic islands of Svalbard boast views of the midnight sun for around four months each year. Spitsbergen is Svalbard’s largest, and only permanently populated, island where polar bears outnumber humans.

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Here, you can go on a guided glacier hike at midnight and explore the island’s old mining towns in the polar summer light.

Try Svalbard Hotell Polfareren for modern accommodation in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement, or enjoy views of Adventfjorden and Hiorthfjellet from Funken Lodge .

20 April to 22 August (124 days)

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Norway: The land of the Midnight sun (Explained)

Norway has been granted the title of “the land of the midnight sun”. But how did it get it? And what is the midnight sun?

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that causes the sun to never set behind the horizon due to the tilted axis when orbiting the earth. Because the coastal regions of northern Norway are the most accessible place to experience it, Norway has been crowned the land of the midnight sun.

In this article, we will dig into what causes the phenomenon of the midnight sun to occur, and when. As well as provide you with the best places to experience it.

What is the midnight sun?

Why is norway known as the land of the midnight sun, the svalbard archipelago, hurtigruten cruise , how to deal with the midnight sun.

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Quite self-explanatory, the midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that causes the sun to never set behind the horizon.

Of course, the midnight sun doesn’t just occur anywhere in the world. To experience it, you must travel north of the arctic circle (or south of the antarctic circle) during the respective summer months.

Since south of the antarctic circle is Antarctica, few people venture there. Therefore, when speaking about the midnight sun, people usually refer to the northern hemisphere.

But why does this phenomenon only occur in these regions during certain times of the year? It all boils down to the relationship between Earth and Sun. 

Earth orbits around the sun at a tilted axis around which the earth spins. One full orbit around the sun takes one calendar year, while it takes 1 day for the earth to rotate around its axis.

Due to the tilted axis, the North Pole is angled towards the sun during the summer months.

As a consequence, the northern hemisphere which is close to the earth’s rotational axis receives a greater sun exposure. This is also the reason why we experience different seasons during a year.

As one moves closer to the north pole, the earth’s axis is tilted to the point where the sun never sets below the horizon for several weeks during summer.

In Norway, the place where the midnight sun occurs for the longest amount of time is the Svalbard archipelago. Here the sun doesn’t set for over 4 months through April to August.

Norway is not the only nation whose land area stretches above the arctic circle. Countries like the northern territories of Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Canada also experience the midnight sun 

However, the climate and infrastructure of areas make them far less accessible, compared to the coastal northern regions of Norway.

As a consequence, Norway has been the most common destination for travelers wanting to experience this soothing natural phenomenon.

No other place on earth can you get lost in the neverending days while enjoying some of the most spectacular arctic climates. 

For that reason, Norway has been granted the title of “the land of the midnight sun”.

However, the title has not only been granted by nature. Norwegian travel agencies put a lot of effort into making sure that people associate the midnight sun with Norway.

Their efforts seem to pay off as experiencing the midnight sun attracts thousands of visitors to Norway every year.

Svalbard alone hosts over 100 000 tourists every year. A huge number compared to only a little over 2500 inhabitants.

Best places to experience the midnight sun in Norway

If you’re planning a trip to see the midnight sun in Norway, there are several great locations you can choose from, located both on the mainland and offshore. 

Each of them offers spectacular arctic scenery creating ideal landscapes to experience the midnight sun.

The Lofoten peninsula is, without a doubt, one of the most magical places in Norway. White-sanded beaches, twinkling emerald-blue water, and mountains rising straight up from the sea. 

That’s a view that’s hard to describe, so you should definitely put it on your bucket list.

Few things in this world can compete with the experience of watching an hour-long sunset (that actually immediately transitions into the sunrise) sitting on the snow-white beach.

You can experience the midnight sun in Lofoten from the 25th of May until the 18th of July.

Trømso’s the largest city in northern Norway, also known as the Paris of the north. 

During the day, it’s best to enjoy the city itself with its spectacular arctic surroundings, especially mountains rising out of the sea just outside the city.

The Midnight sun appears in Trømso from the 18th of May until the 25th of July.

Hammerfest is Norway’s northernmost city whose desolated climate and surroundings create a perfect environment to experience the midnight sun.

On clear days, you can experience the midnight sun in Hammerfest from the 14th of May until the 29th of July.

As mentioned, the Svalbard archipelago experiences the longest periods of the midnight sun in the whole of Norway.

In addition to the completely surreal arctic landscape, you might also be able to catch a glimpse of a polar bear. 

You can expect the midnight sun to last from the 20th of April all the way until the 22nd of August.

Another great way to experience the midnight sun is onboard the Hurtigruten coastal cruise.

Hurtigruten provides daily, year-round, and consistent traffic between Bergen and Kirkenes, stopping by 34 ports along its route.

Although you can board the ship from several ports, the most convenient one for tourists is its starting port in Bergen.

On your way north, you will have the opportunity to experience sailing into the majestic fjords of western Norway on your way to experience the midnight sun in places such as Bødo, Lofoten, Trømso, and Hammerfest. 

Although the midnight sun is a spectacular phenomenon, it comes with some inconveniences.

The most glaring one is the fact that constant daylight can make it difficult to fall asleep, especially for visitors who are not used to living above the arctic circle.

Your daily sleep/wake rhythm is in large part determined by daylight that your eyes are registering. Therefore constant sunlight might prevent you from getting sleepy at all

To ensure you have the best experience, make sure that your bedroom is equipped with some solid blinders to block out the light and let your brain know it’s time to sleep.

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The midnight sun in Norway: what is it and where to see it?

Mr Nordic

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon where the sun is above the horizon at midnight, and thus throughout the rest of the day and night. This phenomenon occurs annually during a certain period in areas around and especially north of the Arctic Circle, such as Northern Iceland and Northern Scandinavia. You can also see the midnight sun south of the Antarctic Circle, but then during the period when the Sun no longer appears above the horizon near the Arctic Circle.

The definition of midnight sun is that one should be able to see the center of the sun when it is exactly in the north.

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The lofoten, when is the midnight sun visible, where to see the midnight sun.

The midnight sun is a beautiful natural phenomenon. This phenomenon occurs between the south of the Antarctic Circle and the north of the Arctic Circle. The midnight sun can be seen in some parts of the world, but Norway is one of the best places to see the midnight sun.

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Midsummer night is a special phenomenon that can only be seen north of the Northern Arctic Circle (66° 30′ N) and south of the Southern Arctic Circle (66° 30′ S). The sun remains above the horizon during this entire period. In other words, it remains light 24 hours a day.

Narvik is one of the best places in Norway to see the midnight sun. Go up to Narvikfjellet mountain to an altitude of 660 meters. From the mountain you have a magnificent view over the fjords, the island, the mountains and the city. The period to watch the midnight sun is between May 22 and June 15.

Tromsø is considered the gateway to the Arctic Circle. It is also the starting point for expeditions to the Arctic. The best place to see the midnight sun is from the mountaintop of Storsteinen. This top can be reached via a 420 meter high cable car. Besides that you can enjoy the midnight sun from this place, you also have a beautiful view over the city and the mountains. The period to watch the midnight sun is between May 20 and June 22.

It is a wonderful period when it never becomes night and the landscape takes on a magical glow. A midnight sun hike to a mountain top is a special experience that you should definitely experience.

Senja is one of the towns you pass on the National Tourist Route. In Senja, architecture, culture, art and nature come together. Senja is also one of the best places to see the midnight sun, including Tungeneset, a wooden walkway in the middle of nature. The period to watch the midnight sun is between May 15 and July 30.

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The Lofoten archipelago has a beautiful nature. There are several lookout points on the Lofoten where you can get a good look at the midnight sun. The Midnight Sun can be seen between late May and mid-June.

Bodø is a great city to visit, partly due to the many vantage points to admire the midnight sun. Bodø is one of the westernmost cities in Norway and not yet well known among foreign tourists. Rønvikfjellet mountain is one of the best places to watch the midnight sun. Here you have a wonderful panoramic view of the city. The period to watch the midnight sun is between June 4 and July 8.

Hammerfest is the northernmost city in the world. This town is charming and one of the oldest towns in Norway. You can enjoy the midnight sun from the Salen viewpoint. The period to watch the midnight sun is between May 16 and July 27.

The Arctic Circle is the line that marks the area where the sun does not disappear below the horizon exactly once a year. This only applies to places at sea level. Many places are located a lot higher, so that the midnight sun can be enjoyed in many locations for several days on the Arctic Circle.

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Midsummer night in Norway falls on the longest day of the year. This is on June 21, but Norwegians celebrate Midsummer’s Night on June 23. Or on the following weekend. This is accompanied by bonfires, which are lit in the evening. Oh, and that includes booze and food. I experienced it in the Lofoten. And was also offered everything. The residents were also curious about my plans. As well as why I wanted to experience Midsummer’s Night.

On the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun lasts for 1 day (on June 21), on the North Cape the ‘longest summer day’ lasts three months, and on Spitsbergen four months.

The period in which the sun is visible above the horizon is also lengthened by a phenomenon called refraction. For example, at the height of the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi you can even admire the midnight sun for a full month, depending on where you are exactly. And of course also depending on the weather conditions. In general, the further north you travel, the longer your chance of seeing the midnight sun.

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The Midnight Sun in Norway: Where to Experience Endless Days

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Do you wonder what living in endless sunlight is like? Adventure seekers head to Norway to see the Midnight Sun. Because of its high latitude, Norway has nights when the sun doesn’t fully set. This makes the days seem endless, lighting up the land beautifully late into the night.

This never-ending day changes how people live and play. Everywhere you go, you’ll find folks out and about, enjoying the never-dark nights. Places like the North Cape and Svalbard offer sights you’ll never forget, perfect for great pictures. Let’s dive into the bright world of Norway’s Midnight Sun.

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What is the Midnight Sun?

The Midnight Sun is a stunning natural event. It brings continuous daylight where the sun never sets. Known for this feature, parts of Norway are alive with sunlight all summer long. There’s a lot to learn about why this happens and what it means for those who see it.

Scientific Explanation

The Earth’s tilt causes the Midnight Sun. This tilt puts the Northern Hemisphere in constant sunlight during summer. For places like Norway’s North Cape, the sun is up 24/7 around the summer solstice. Further in Svalbard, the sun shines for up to 1800 hours from April to August. This creates a breathtaking scene of days without end.

How it Impacts Visitors

Experiencing the Midnight Sun changes people. The non-stop daylight lifts spirits and invites fun outdoor activities. This fits well with Norway’s idea of enjoying nature, known as ‘friluftsliv.’ The stunning sights of sunlit landscapes, like those in Tromsø or Longyearbyen, are unforgettable.

For photographers, the Midnight Sun is a dream. The lighting is perfect, similar to the “golden hour.” By adjusting camera settings, they can catch the amazing colors. This also makes any outdoor activity, from hiking to boating, more exciting. The Midnight Sun in Norway turns every trip into a special memory.

Why Norway is Called the Land of the Midnight Sun

Norway is known for its unique spot above the Arctic Circle. It’s a great place to see the Midnight Sun. This is when the sun stays up even at midnight. Norway’s easy to get around, making it different from other cold places.

Accessibility and Convenience

Norway stands out as the Land of the Midnight Sun because it’s easy to reach. This is thanks to its good roads and public transport. Places like Svalbard and its 24-hour sun are not far by plane. Getting to key spots like Tromsø and the North Cape is easy. This lets travelers enjoy the Midnight Sun without a lot of hassle.

Comparison with Other Arctic Regions

Norway is better connected than other cold places. Even though Svalbard has more sun, it’s harder to reach. In many Arctic spots, transport and places to stay are few and far between. In contrast, Norway is ready for visitors, making the trip more enjoyable.

In Norway, the Midnight Sun looks different depending on where you are. For instance, it’s visible longer in North Cape than in Bodø. This means more chances to see this natural wonder and enjoy your stay.

In short, Norway’s travel-friendly setup provides a great way to experience the Midnight Sun. From Svalbard’s long days to the beauty of Tromsø, Norway is the perfect place to see the Midnight Sun up close.

Midnight Sun Locations in Norway

Norway boasts stunning places to see the midnight sun. It’s a top choice for this amazing natural event. The Svalbard Archipelago and the Lofoten Islands are two key spots here.

Svalbard Archipelago

In the Svalbard archipelago , you can see the midnight sun for a long time. From April 19th to August 24th, the sun doesn’t set. This makes it special, letting visitors see Svalbard without darkness. Many like to go on wildlife tours and hike on glaciers. It’s a chance to enjoy nature in a bright world.

Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are known for their beautiful nature. They are also a great place to see the midnight sun. From May 28th to July 17th, the sun stays up all night. This adds a warm light to the fjords, beaches, and fishing villages. It’s perfect for people who love taking photos.

Best Time to Experience the Midnight Sun

The best time to see the Midnight Sun matters a lot to those who love to travel. This special time is not just beautiful but also a great chance to do fun things in the daylight. We’ll talk about when and where you can see it most. This info will help you plan an amazing trip.

Peak Viewing Seasons

Seeing the Midnight Sun is best between late May and late July. Places in the Arctic Circle, like Norway, have sunlight all the time then. The day with the most sun, the summer solstice on June 21, is amazing. Places like Svalbard get almost five months of sunlight, from April to August.

Duration of the Midnight Sun at Various Locations

The amount of time you can see the Midnight Sun changes a lot based on where you are:

Knowing how long you can see the Midnight Sun in different places is key for planning. It helps you pick the perfect time to see this natural wonder fully. So, you can enjoy the long days in these stunning places to the max.

Fun Activities Under the Midnight Sun

The midnight sun offers nearly 24 hours of daylight in Norway from May to July. This lets people enjoy outdoor activities all day and night. It’s a great time for everyone to explore and enjoy nature.

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking and kayaking become thrilling under the midnight sun. You can watch birds, fish, or do yoga at midnight with light all around. The sun being up all the time means you can do activities whenever you want.

In Southern Norway, the sun sets very late in the summer. This means you have more time for fun adventures. Locals use this time to do things like painting their homes, washing cars, and visiting friends late at night.

The table below shows when you can see the midnight sun in various parts of Northern Norway:

Festivals and Events

The midnight sun is perfect for summer festivals in Norway. These events showcase light, creativity, and community. They bring people together to celebrate in the endless daylight.

Summer events in Norway last longer with the midnight sun. This gives travelers more time to join in and get to know the locals. It makes the Norwegian summer special for everyone.

Visit Norway once hosted a clock-free travel experience. This project highlighted a life without strict schedules, showing the magic of the midnight sun. It made enjoying summer festivals in Norway even more attractive.

With endless daylight to fuel your adventures, every moment in Norway’s summer is primed for excitement and discovery.

How to Prepare for Midnight Sun Travel

Exploring the Midnight Sun in Norway requires good planning. You need to adjust to the unique day and night situations. This includes important travel tips and packing specific gear.

Travel Tips

During Midnight Sun season, daylight is almost constant. Travel tips for the Midnight Sun suggest keeping your sleep schedule flexible. The light can mess with when you usually sleep. People in Northern Norway sleep less. They’re more energized by the extra light, which you might find helpful.

Pick your destination carefully because the Midnight Sun varies. Places like Longyearbyen have daylight from April to August. Other spots, like Tromso, offer great views but for a shorter time. It’s good to know these details for better planning.

Look for places to stay that offer blackout curtains. They can help you get good sleep. Many people also choose to travel in a motorhome. This gives you the freedom to move around and see different places under the Midnight Sun.

What to Pack

Having the right gear ensures your trip is fun and comfy. For Arctic Circle travel , make sure to have an eye mask for sleeping. Also, pack layers and warm, waterproof gear. This is important for outdoor activities like hiking or cycling.

Don’t forget sun safety, even when it’s not sunny. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. These protect you from the strong Arctic sunlight. Oh, and bring a good camera. You’ll want to capture the beautiful Midnight Sun scenes, like at the Lofoten Islands.

Think about what you want to do outdoors. If you love bird photos or sailing, bring the right equipment. This extra effort will make your Midnight Sun adventure even better.

The Unique Experience of 24-Hour Daylight

The Midnight Sun in Norway is truly special. It gives people around-the-clock daylight. This wonder of nature changes how both locals and visitors see their world. It can be both magical and strange.

Effects on Locals

Locals in Norway feel the strong impact of 24-hour daylight . It starts in late April and lasts till late August in some places like Svalbard. Days blend together, and night means little. But, this doesn’t tire people out. Instead, it boosts their energy and keeps them active all the time.

Visitor Experiences

People visiting places like the North Cape, Tromsø, and Hammerfest face a different world. Sleeping becomes tricky, as night looks like day. But soon, they love the constant sunlight. It turns nights into endless times for fun. Activities like hiking, kayaking, or just enjoying the views go on without pause. This makes their visit truly unforgettable.

Photographing the Midnight Sun

Photographing the Midnight Sun is a magical chance to take stunning photos, especially in Norway. The sun stays up past midnight, giving photographers a long, beautiful golden hour. This happens from late April to late August in Svalbard, making it perfect for amazing pictures.

Here are some tips for capturing the Midnight Sun in Norway:

  • Look for the best spot. Places like the North Cape, Lofoten Islands, and Tromsø are known for their beautiful views of the Midnight Sun.
  • Set your camera to the right white balance to keep the warm glow of the sun true in your photos.
  • Use special filters to balance the bright sky with the dark ground, making your photos look just right.
  • Try different angles and shots. With the sun up all night, you have plenty of time to find unique perspectives.

This endless light, 100 km south of the Arctic Circle, also adds energy to local activities. From Sandnessjøen to Tromsø, there are many places to explore and take photos, all in the Midnight Sun’s special light.

A special table shows where to go for the best photos of the Midnight Sun:

Photographing the Midnight Sun in Norway offers more than taking great pictures. It’s about enjoying the peaceful yet lively atmosphere. Use these tips to dive into the wonder of the Midnight Sun. You’ll come away with unforgettable memories.

Where to Stay While Experiencing the Midnight Sun

Looking for a place to stay to see the Midnight Sun? Norway has many options. You can choose from luxury hotels that dim the sunlight or cozy cabins. The Lofoten Islands, like Laukvik and Hov, are great places to see this special event.

The Midnight Sun is best seen in Lofoten from May 25 to July 18. The best times are from May 28 to July 14. Svolvær and Leknes are nice but their high mountains block the view. So staying in spots like Laukvik and Eggum is better. Remember, you might need a sleep mask because it’s daylight all the time.

Getting to the Lofoten Islands is easy. You can fly to Bodø and then take a smaller plane to places like Svolvær. Or, try a Hurtigruten voyage for amazing sea views. However you get there, visiting Norway for the Midnight Sun promises a memorable trip.

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11 EPIC THINGS TO DO DURING THE MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

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Check out our ultimate guide below for things to do during the midnight sun when visiting Norway this Summer!

Includes : The best Norway midnight sun based tours and things to do during the midnight sun, best places to visit in Norway, Norway weather and temperatures, what to wear, driving and much more!

MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY: AN INTRODUCTION

Norway is known for its beautiful landscapes, stunning fjords, and vibrant culture. During the summer months, Norway experiences the phenomenon known as the midnight sun, where the sun does not set below the horizon for several weeks or months at a time.

The further North of Norway you travel, the longer the midnight sun period you’ll experience!

This unique natural occurrence offers visitors the opportunity to experience an extended day and participate in a wide range of activities, whether simply spending long Summer nights with friends or taking advantage of the epic guided tours on offer during this time

From hiking to kayaking to fishing, there are plenty of things to do during the midnight sun in Norway. In this article, we will explore some of the top activities and attractions to enjoy during this magical time in Norway, so you can make the most of your trip to this epic country this Summer:

TOP THINGS TO DO DURING THE MIDNIGHT SUN

1. head to the beach.

One of the best free things to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is to spend extended time on its beautiful beaches! Either hang out with friends, play volleyball or have a picnic.

Many Norwegians take advantage of the long daylight hours to enjoy outdoor activities and social gatherings.

Another one of the greatest benefits of visiting a beach during the glowing midnight hours is the opportunity to relax and unwind. The warm, soothing light of the sun can have a calming effect on the body and mind, making it the perfect time to snuggle up on the beach and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.

Whether you prefer to read a book, take a nap, have a picnic, play beach volleyball or simply bask in the warm glow of the sun, this time of year provides the perfect setting to do so.

The best free thing to do on your Tromso Itinerary is to watch a sunset at Telegrafbukta beach in Tromso. It is also one of the best palces to see the Northern lights in Tromso city centre!

2. GO HIKING

One of the best things to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is to go on either a self-guided hike or opt for a reputable guided hiking tour!

Hiking in Norway during the midnight sun is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be on every outdoor enthusiast’s bucket list. With daylight lasting 24 hours, you have the chance to explore stunning natural landscapes under the midnight sun’s warm glow.

The top hotspots for hiking in Norway during the midnight sun include the Lofoten Islands, Senja, Tromsø, and the Jotunheimen National Park. These places boast breathtaking scenery, including fjords, glaciers, and mountains.

If you are a confident hiker, you can head out self-guided. Or, another great option is to book a guided midnight sun hiking tour to enjoy hiking with like-minded people with the added reassurance of being with friendly, knowledgable guides.

Click to book this ‘Midnight Sun Hiking Tour’ in Tromsø! 🥾🌄

3. VENTURE OUT ON A KAYAK

One of the best things to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is to go on a guided midnight sun kayaking tour for the most peaceful experience on the water!

Going on a guided kayaking tour is an incredible way to experience the natural beauty of Norway. Paddling under the warm glow of the midnight sun is a magical experience that you will never forget.

A guided tour ensures that you are safe, and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the natural surroundings without worrying about navigation.

Moreover, experienced guides can provide insights into the local culture, wildlife, and history.

Click to book this ‘Midnight Sun Kayak – Northern Explorer’ in Lofoten! 🛶🌄

4. GO ON A FJORD CRUISE

One of the best things to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is to go on midnight sun boat cruise through the beautiful fjords of Norway!

The best places in Norway to go on a midnight sun cruise are the fjords of Western Norway and the North Cape.

The warm glow of the midnight sun illuminates the stunning natural landscapes, including waterfalls, glaciers, and wildlife which makes a cruise one of the most magical things to do during the midnight sun.

One of the best tour operators that run midnight sun cruises in Northern Norway is Hurtigruten .

5. RIB SPEEDBOAT WILDLIFE SAFARI

One of the best things to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is the head out on a RIB speedboat safari, for the chance to see wild puffins and epic landscapes!

Another brilliant thing to do during the midnight sun hours in Norway is to head out on a thrilling RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) wildlife safari.

This epic ‘ Midnight Sun Safari By RIB Boat ‘ tour in Tromsø, Northern Norway, is a great example. Head out on an intimate small-group tour, speeding through the waters to Hella (30km away from Tromso), while passing the idyllic Gåsvær, Musvær, and Risøya islands.

Likewise, there is a great chance you will see some of Norway’s amazing wildlife on-route, including (but not limited to) puffins, seals, sea eagles and cormorant birds – so keep your eyes peeled!

Click to book this ‘Midnight Sun Safari by RIB Boat tour’ in Tromsø! 🌄🚤🐧

A RIB speedboat wildlife safari is also included on our top things to do in Norway in Spring list!

6. WHALE WATCHING IN VESTERÅLEN

One of the best things to do during the midnight sun in Norway is to go whale watching, especially in the area of Vesterålen!

Another incredible wildlife experience to do under Norway’s midnight sun is going on a whale watching safari! In Summer, the sperm whale is the most common whale to see in Norway, but it is also possible to see minke whales, humpbacks, pilot whales and even dolphins!

The Vesterålen coast is not only a great place to see the midnight sun in Norway, it is also one of the best places in Norway for whale watching, being the only area in Norway to see these majestic creatures all year round!

Here is an example of such a tour on the Visit Vesterålen’s site.

Another epic wildlife activity to do in Norway in Summer is a Musk Ox safari !

7. GO AND PLAY GOLF

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One of the best places to go golfing in Norway under the midnight sun is the Lofoten Links golf course . This unique golf course offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, with the warm glow of the midnight sun illuminating the course all night long.

Golfers can enjoy a round of golf in a serene and peaceful atmosphere, making for a truly special and unforgettable experience.

8. GO CYCLING UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN

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The longer days brought by Norway’s midnight sun offer the chance to go on epic cycling rides in the inner cities or amongst Norway’s stunning landscapes, whether that be on your own bike, renting a bike or joining a fun guided bike tour!

9. GO HORSEBACK RIDING

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One of the best places to go horse riding in Norway under the midnight sun is in the Lofoten Islands.

This stunning archipelago offers breathtaking views of the sun illuminating the surrounding mountains and fjords. There are several tour operators in the area that offer horseback riding experiences, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the unique beauty of the midnight sun.

A great tour operator to use is Pukka Travels .

10. GO WILD CAMPING

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For those who want to spend some extra time out in Norway’s glorious natural surroundings, the midnight sun offers the perfect opportunity to go wild camping, either solo or with family and friends.

Pitch your tents, get snuggled and warm in your layers, enjoy soothing hot drinks and roasted marshmallows by an open campfire (in permitted areas only of course), all while watching the sun that never sets.

11. TAKE A ROAD TRIP

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The never setting sun not only creates beautiful vistas, it also extends the day fully allowing residents and visitors alike to squeeze every inch of possibility out of 24 hours.

One such possibility is taking an epic road trip to key hotspots in Norway. It especially allows for those who are less confident driving in the dark (like us!) so much more time to venture further and pack even more into our day.

We believe because of this, the period of midnight sun is the perfect time to take a long road trip across Norway! This is applicable to residents self-driving their own car, but more specifically for visitors who are renting a car who may be less confident on Norway’s roads in the dark of night.

WHEN TO SEE THE MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY (2024)

During the Summer months above the Arctic Circle in Norway, there is a magical slot in time where you can experience up to 24 hours of sunlight, famously known as the midnight sun.

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Early May to the end of August marks the longest window to see the midnight sun in Norway. The accurate period of time this phenomenon can be seen in Norway is solely reliant on how far north you travel.

The further North you go, you can expect up to 70 days of never setting sun until the end of August, however locations lower down and closer to the Arctic Circle border may only experience it up until the end of July.

We explain the exact windows for each of Norway’s top destinations to see the midnight sun below:

BEST PLACES IN NORWAY TO SEE THE MIDNIGHT SUN

There are five key locations in Northern Norway that are the best places to see the midnight sun.

See them all below, conveniently listed from ‘most Southern’ in Helgeland to ‘furthest North’ in Tromsø. Psst! Click the ‘ 📍 ‘ to see each Google Map locations !

Helgeland: 📍

Dates visible in Helgeland : Approx. 12th June until 10th July. Time period in Helgeland : Approximately 28 days.

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Dates visible in Bodø : Approx. 31 st  May to the 12 th July. Time period in Bodø : Approximately 42 days.

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Lofoten Islands: 📍

Dates visible in Lofoten: Approx. 28th May to the 14th July. Time period in Lofoten : Approximately 47 days.

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Vesterålen: 📍

Dates visible in Vesterålen: Approx. 22nd May to 21st July. Time period in Vesterålen : Approximately 60 days.

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Dates visible in Tromsø : Approx. 20th May to 22nd July. Time period in Tromsø : Approximately 63 days.

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NORWAY WEATHER IN SUMMER

The average temperatures in Northern Norway during the summer of 2022 ranged from 10°C to 20°C. In the Lofoten Islands and Tromsø, the average temperature in June, July, and August was around 12°C to 15°C.

However, there were periods of warmer and cooler temperatures throughout the season. For example, in June 2022, Tromsø experienced a heatwave, with temperatures reaching up to 27°C.

Overall, travellers should be prepared for a range of temperatures and weather conditions when visiting Northern Norway in the summer.

NORWAY IN SUMMER PACKING LIST

  • A warm hat, gloves, scarf, ear muffs and a light thermal coat.
  • Comfortable breathable layers, including some short and long-sleeved tops to adapt to cooler / warmer days.
  • Long comfortable trousers, ideally thermal leggings.
  • Comfortable lightweight walking shoes (inner city exploring).
  • Sturdy, robust hiking shoes or boots for hiking under the midnight sun.
  • Refillable water bottle to take with you on your tours or just general exploring.
  • Your swimsuit! You will need this for your visit to the Norways and give you the chance to swim!
  • A microfibre beach towel (fast drying & lightweight). Perfect for a beach towel.
  • A spare waterproof bag to store your wet towel / swimsuit after a water-based tour, swimming or a day at the beach.
  • A lightweight waterproof poncho (just in case of bad weather)

DRIVING IN NORWAY IN THE SUMMER

It is generally safe for tourists to rent a car to self-drive themselves around Northern Norway during the Summer months.

Summer weather conditions in Northern Norway make it generally safe to drive on the roads. The roads are well-maintained and kept open year-round.

During the Summer, travellers can expect mild temperatures and almost constant daylight hours under the midnight sun, allowing for safe and comfortable driving conditions.

It is important to be aware of potential unpredicted hazards such as rain, fog, and wildlife on the roads, and to always check road conditions forecasts before traveling.

MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY: “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” FAQ’S

Does all of norway have the midnight sun.

No, not all of Norway experiences the midnight sun. The midnight sun can only be experience in areas north of Norway situated above the Arctic Circle. 

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY?

Some of the best places to see the Midnight Sun are located in northern Norway, specifically Helgeland, Bodø, Lofoten islands, Vesterålen and Tromsø. See more information on dates here .

DOES TROMSØ HAVE THE MIDNIGHT SUN?

Yes, Tromsø definitely experiences the midnight sun. In fact, it is known as the “Land of the midnight sun”! This exceptional phenomenon is visible here for approximately 63 days, approximately between 20th May to 22nd July .

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE MIDNIGHT SUN?

The midnight sun is an incredible natural phenomenon which occurs in very few locations in the world, one of them being northern Norway.

To experience and live a day where the sun never fully sets below the horizon line is a thrilling, strange and almost otherworldly event that everyone should experience first-hand at least once in their lifetime!

WHY DOES THE MIDNIGHT SUN OCCUR?

The midnight sun occurs when the Earth is tilted on its axis more towards the sun, meaning that for a short period of time, the sun never fully sets below the horizon line.

It simply lowers to a point before beginning to rise again, not allowing for the dark of night even in the twilight hours. This is why it is commonly referred to as the ‘midnight’ sun.

IS IT HARD TO SLEEP WITH THE MIDNIGHT SUN?

Yes, it can be a challenge to sleep during periods of the midnight sun, especially if you are experiencing this phenomenon for the first time or are a light sleeper sensitive to light!

CONCLUSION: THINGS TO DO DURING THE MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORWAY

In conclusion, visiting Norway during the midnight sun is an experience not to be missed. With 24 hours of daylight, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and wildlife safaris.

The stunning natural landscapes of Northern Norway, including the infamous Lofoten Islands and Tromsø, offer unique views of the sun that never sets.

In addition, the mild summer weather and longer days make it the perfect time to explore the country’s cultural and historical attractions.

Whether you are an adventure seeker or simply looking for a peaceful break soaking up the constant golden hues, visiting the midnight sun in Norway is something everything has to do once in their lifetime!

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Norway is a wonderful country to experience as a first-time visitor – an efficient and extensive transport network, incredible attractions, breathtaking scenery and relaxed locals all add up to the trip of a lifetime.

But there are still some things that are good to know in advance. For example, Norway is one of the most expensive countries on the planet, so money-saving tips will make all the difference to your travel budget.

Another major influence on your trip will be  the flow of the seasons ; the differences can be extreme and will have a major impact on what you plan to do while you're there, both in terms of climate and strange Arctic phenomena such as the midnight sun and the northern lights .

Here are nine things you need to know to ensure a wonderful trip to Norway.

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1. Outdoor activities are seasonal so plan carefully

Seasons are everything in Norway. Each long summer day might feel like it lasts forever, but the window for many activities rarely lasts longer than the June-to-August (sometimes just July-to-August) periods. This especially  applies to hiking – Norway’s intensely beautiful Besseggen Ridge Trail, in Jotunheimen National Park , can draw 30,000 hikers in just two months.

Some trails remain open beyond summer, but you run a serious risk of extreme weather rolling in with very little warning while you’re out there. Cycling just about anywhere, and white-water rafting on the Sjøa River, are also strictly summer-only.

Winter sports like skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding have a similarly narrow opening, although dog sledders can sometimes take a summer ride on a sled with wheels. It all means that planning is essential, and local tourist offices are an excellent resource for knowing what’s possible and when.

2. Eat well on a budget

Prices for a meal in Norway can be eye-wateringly high: in a decent restaurant, a main course for Nkr500 is somewhere close to the norm. Thankfully, the best Norwegian cooking is almost always worth it, but keep these sorts of prices for a special occasion, or even just dinner. 

Most Norwegian hotel buffet breakfasts are extraordinarily good, overflowing in generous proportions, and – best of all – usually included in your room rate. Take full advantage and you may well not need to eat again until the evening. If, on the other hand, you’re hungry again by lunchtime, many cafes have cheaper lunch specials and lighter meals, or you could plan for a picnic with food sourced from a supermarket and its delicatessen.

Snacking at fish markets, or with one of the hot dogs sold at every Norwegian petrol or gas station, could also fill you up without sending a torpedo through your daily budget. Saving money on other meals will make that dinner bill a little less painful.

3. Buy train and bus tickets online

Norway's transport network is efficient and extensive. If you’re traveling by rail, you’re in for a treat with some of northern Europe’s most scenic rail journeys . But whatever you do, don’t pay full fare: Norwegians rarely do. On almost every route, Norwegian state railways  set aside a limited number of discounted (minipris)  tickets. How much you pay has everything to do with how early you book, so start planning as soon as you have firm dates for your trip, even if it’s months in advance. Of all the bus services on offer across the country, Lavprisekspressen is known for its rock-bottom fares along major routes – book online and book early.

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4. Join a hotel loyalty scheme

The overwhelming majority of Norwegian hotels belong to a hotel chain, or at least to some more loosely affiliated groupings. Joining one of their loyalty programs is always free, so choose as many as you like. Better still, join one and then find hotels along your route that belong to your program. The best such programs have a simple offer: the more nights you stay – just how many varies from one chain or program to the next – the more free nights you get as a reward for your loyalty.

Another option that is becoming increasingly common, especially in cities, is budget hotels. Before it was just the hostels (vandrerhjem) that promised reasonable prices, but increasingly, slick hotel-hostel hybrids like Citybox  and  Smarthotels  provide respite from the sky-high room rates.

5. Bring a sleeping mask in summer

Let’s face it, Norway’s midnight sun (which can mean 24 hours of daylight for months on end) and polar night (the same, but with endless darkness) can be confusing or frustrating. At first, it can be exciting to walk alongside a beautiful fjord in brilliant 3am sunshine and there is considerable novelty to eating lunch under a night-dark sky. But how do you sleep in summer? Many hotels, particularly in Norway’s north, have heavy-duty, light-blocking curtains, but bring a sleeping mask in summer to ensure you get some shut-eye.

6. Norwegians are tolerant, but always be considerate

Norwegians are pretty relaxed about most things, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more tolerant nation of people. In cities in particular, the guiding principle seems to be to have a good time as long as you’re not hurting anyone. In rural areas, it’s slightly more complicated, but only slightly. There are always exceptions, but Norwegians in small towns and remote areas tend to be more socially conservative. Loud and loutish behavior is rarely welcome in such places, and if you have an all-night party in a small village, you’ll have misread your surroundings and taken Norwegians’ famous tolerance too far.

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7. Driving will take longer than you expect

Many of Norway’s roads are engineering marvels, taking you places no road should go. Norway has the longest tunnels in the world and curvaceous bridges that render water obsolete as an obstacle, and car ferries take care of the rest. So rare are potholes, that people take photos of them. Just don’t expect to go very fast.

Part of that has to do with the terrain. It’s also because, apart from a short distance on either side of major cities, freeways are as rare as potholes. Throughout much of the country, especially in summer, you’ll share the road with trucks and campers with only semi-regular overtaking lanes to ease the frustration. Count on slowing down, enjoying the view, and averaging no more than 60km/h (37mph) on most journeys, longer if you stop along the way.

8. Take basic safety precautions

Norway is an extremely safe place in which to travel, possibly even one of the safest in Europe. Like any large modern city, pickpockets are always a possibility in popular tourist areas, especially Oslo and around the Torget area of Bergen . Here and elsewhere, keep your valuables hidden, and never leave them visible in an unattended car. As long as you’re sensible in ways such as these, you and your personal belongings may well be safer in Norway than they are back home.

9. Watch the weather

Watching the nightly weather bulletin with rapt attention isn’t some quirky little pastime in Norway: it could just save your life. Even in summer, wild weather can roll in without warning, which is fine if you’re curled up next to a roaring fire, less so if you’re hiking in Hardangervidda or Jotunheimen, or snowmobiling in Svalbard .

Whenever you’re heading out into any Norwegian wilderness, wise precautions include always carrying warm wet-weather gear, as well as emergency water and food. And always let someone (either your hotel or the local tourist office) know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

This article was first published Jul 25, 2023 and updated Mar 18, 2024.

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How to see the Midnight Sun in Tromsø

For more than two months, Tromsø enjoys the Midnight Sun. At least in good weather. What do you do to maximize that experience? Here are some tips.

Tromsø enjoys the Midnight Sun from about the 18 th of May to the 25 th of July, meaning the city is bathed in sunlight for more than two months. The coastal climate of the city ensures entertaining weather, though, but often the clouds lift in the evening, and the Midnight Sun fights its way through the clouds somewhere above the mountain tops of the Island of Ringvassøya.

In Kirkenes you can visit the museum telling you the stories from the area © Trym Ivar Bergsmo

Downtown, the Midnight Sun fights with the shadows

Storgata, the main drag of Tromsø, is actually in the shadows at Midnight. A steep hillside blocks the sun from shining on most of the city centre. At about 2am, though, the sun shines directly into the main street. Bar hoppers are thus blinded for a moment when they leave their watering holes.

The Midnight Sun is five minutes away

However, you don’t need to go far. The jetty Nordjetéen juts into the Tromsø Sound, and allows you free views towards the north. You can also go to the area around the Scandic Ishavshotel, directly on the Sound. Nothing is easier than going onto the Tromsø Bridge. Once there, the Arctic Cathedral on the Mainland side is bathed in Midnight sunshine. It really is minutes away from the Main Street.

The jetty Nordjeteen is close to the bridge, and is easy to reach from the city centre. In the summer of 2020 you have to make your way through construction work, but it's well worth it © Knut Hansvold

Nothing beats the Midnight Sun from the Cable Car

Mount Storsteinen, at 421 metres/1382ft altitude, overlooks the city, the island of Tromsø, the iconic Tromsø bridge with the Arctic Cathedral at the end. In summer, the cable car runs all the way to 1am, allowing you to experience it. The view is well-known

Do an easy Midnight Sun hike

To savour this literally gold moment, you could go for a hike. The following trails are relatively easy to do.

  • The Cable Car mountain, Fløya, is easy to reach by new paved path Sherpatrappa (The Sherpa steps, since they were made by the Sherpa people from Nepal). Walkable from town.
  • Ørnfløya near the fishing village of Sommarøy offers fabulous views to the cliff island of Håja. You need a car, unless you spend the night in Sommarøy.
  • Mount Movikhammaren is found in the northern end of town, and offers lovely views over Tromsø and the waterways around. Take a city bus to the starting point, and split a taxi to town if returning past midnight (which is …frankly… the point)
  • Kjølen is a big mountain on Kvaløya Island, some 700 metres high. From here you see both the city afar and the Atlantic on the other side, as well as the towering Kvaløya peaks. Public transport and taxi is possible with some planning, otherwise a bike is a good idea.

Quiet evening at Midnight © Knut Hansvold

Hire a bike and go exploring

Several places in Tromsø offer bike and e-bike rentals . Use it for a short trip from town to Tromsø’s beach on the southern tip of the island. Or explore the sunny, western side of the Tromsø Island. You can cross the bridge to nearby Kvaløya Island and ride all the way to Hella. Alternatively, explore the area north of the Tromsø bridge on the mainland side. Bikes also come in handy of you’re doing a little hike, especially the ones listed above.

Explore at midnight with your own car

If you have your own car, you can venture further afield. The easiest and most scenic route is along the southern coast of Kvaløya island. Here, you can visit the rock carvings at Skavberg, observe the ocean currents beneath the old houses at Hella and admire the peak of Bentsjordtinden across the sound. Eventually, you will arrive in the fishing village of Sommarøy, with its lovely beaches and great views to the cliff island of Håja. This is the perfect midnight sun vantage point. Remember to keep noise levels down at night, the locals need their sleep. Equally enchanting are the deserted beaches of Sandvika and Otervika, where you can light a fire and have a nighttime picnic.

Be guided into the midnight sun

There is also the option to leave it all to the experts. Visit Tromsø, the local visitor’s centre, can suggest a variety organised tours. Boat tour offer diverse experiences; some are accompanied by the thud-thud sound of a veteran, historical wooden boat. Sailboats sail quietly into the midnight sun, and more modern vessels sport a touch of luxury. Additionally, there are easy and medium hiking trips at midnight, as well as sightseeings conducted by electric cars.

Heading down the sherpa steps about half an hour past midnight. The sun is already rising again, as we have another 40 minutes walk to town © Knut Hansvold

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The sun is above the horizon at Midnight from the 18th of May to the 25th of July

Can we see the Midnight Sun everywhere in Tromsø?

No, if a mountain, a hill or a tall building blocks your way, you cannot see the Midnight Sun. Make sure you have a free view to the north.

When exactly is Midnight in Tromsø?

The midnight moment is when the sun reaches its lowest point. Keep daylight saving time in mind and remember that time zones are a man-made thing. Tromsø is in the eastern part of the Central European time zone, meaning that midnight is somewhat earlier than at 1am. According to www.timeandate.no , Midnight in Tromsø is at 00:40am on the 18 th of May, and at the 25 th of July, the lowest point is at 00:50. Just for the record; you cannot visually see that the sun has reached its lowest point. You just have to know.

Is it cold to see the Midnight Sun?

Tromsø is found 350 km/200 miles north of the Arctic circle, and is thus has aircondition on full steam all summer (..ehem..). Early in the Midnight Sun period, temperatures can drop nearly to freezing point at night, Make sure you have woollen long johns, mittens and a woollen hat. Towards the end of the Midnight Sun period, we sometimes enjoy a heatwave from Russia. Then we can wear shorts and t-shirts all evening. To sum it up; be ready for anything.

What if it rains?

The Tromsø climate comes with no guarantee. Rain and cloudy weather are part of the northern summer, but we do have daylight all the time. Maybe you see the Midnight Sun the next night, or somewhere else in the north on your onward travel. You might also want to consider going to the inner parts of the Lyngenfjord area if the weather is consistently bad.

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In the popular imagination, Norway is commonly regarded as remote and cold – spectacular but climatically inhospitable. There is some truth in this, of course, but the best time to visit is not, perhaps, as clear-cut a choice as you might imagine with other seasons other than summer offering particular bonuses.

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There are, for example, advantages to travelling during the long, dark winters with their reduced everything: daylight, opening times and transport services. If you are equipped and hardy enough to reach the north, seeing the phenomenal northern lights (aurora borealis) is a distinct possibility and later, once the days begin to lighten, the skiing – and for that matter the dog-sledging, ice fishing and snowmobiling – is excellent. There are skiing packages to Norway from abroad, but perhaps more appealing – and certainly less expensive – is the ease with which you can arrange a few days’ skiing wherever you happen to be.

As the year advances, Easter is the time of the colourful Sámi festivals, and mid-May can be absolutely delightful if your visit coincides with the brief Norwegian spring , though this is difficult to gauge. Springtime is particularly beguiling in the fjords, with a thousand cascading waterfalls fed by the melting snow, and wild flowers in abundance everywhere.

Autumn can be exquisite too, with September often bathed in the soft sunshine of an Indian summer, but – especially in the far north – it is frequently cold, often bitterly so, from late September to mid- to late May. Nevertheless, most people travel during the summer season, which can be the best time to visit as bus, ferry and train connections are at their most frequent. This is the time of the midnight sun : the further north you go, the longer the day becomes, until at Nordkapp the sun is continually visible from mid-May to the end of July.

Something worth noting, however, is that the summer season in Norway is relatively short, stretching roughly from the beginning of June to the end of August. Come in September and you’ll find that many tourist offices, museums and other sights have cut back their hours and buses, ferries and trains have already switched to reduced schedules.

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Almost every town in Norway has some sort of summer shindig. There are winter celebrations too, though for the most part at least, these are worth attending if you are already in the area rather than meriting a special trip. Festivals fall broadly into two types, one focusing on celebrations of historical or folkloric events, the other based around music, whether jazz, pop or classical.

As you might expect, most tourist-oriented events take place in summer and, as always, national and local tourist offices can supply details of exact dates, which tend to vary from year to year. Below we have listed the more important festivals, some of which are also mentioned in the Guide.

Nordlysfestivalen

(Northern Lights Festival), Tromsø. Late Jan. w nordlysfestivalen.no . This week-long festival of classical and contemporary music coincides with the return of the sun, hence its name.

Birkebeinerrennet

Lillehammer. Late March. w birkebeiner.no . Famous 58km cross-country ski race from Rena to Lillehammer, which celebrates the dramatic events of 1206, when the young prince Håkon Håkonsson was rushed over the mountains to safety. The race follows what is thought to have been the original route.

Easter Festivals

Finnmarksvidda. Easter. w festival.karport.no. Finnmark’s largest festival, held in the town of Karasjok, is something of a Sámi New Year. Sámis prepare by fashioning new gáktis (Sámi dress), polishing their silver and cooking large meals, while during the festival there are snowmobile, reindeer and cross-country-skiing races, lassoing contests and art exhibitions and concerts.

Nasjonaldagen/Grunnlovsdagen

(National Day/Constitution Day). Nationwide. May 17. Many processions and much flag-waving with cheering crowds celebrating the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17, 1814.

Festspillene i Bergen

(Bergen International Festival), Bergen. Late May until early June. w fib.no . Much-praised festival of contemporary music that puts a real spring in Bergen’s summer step. Venues across the city. For more information, see The Bergen International Festival.

Norwegian Wood

Oslo. Mid-June. w norwegianwood.no . Three-day, open-air rock festival, arguably Norway’s best, that takes place in Frogner Park; showcases big-name international artists as well as up-and-coming local bands.

Ekstremsportveko

(Extreme Sport Week). Voss. Late June. w ekstremsportveko.com . Every reckless sport imaginable and then some – from paragliding and base jumping through to rafting and bungee jumping.

Midnight Sun Marathon

Tromsø. Late June. w msm.no . Taking advantage of 24hr daylight, this “night-time” run attracts hundreds of athletes. You can opt for shorter distances too.

Kongsberg Jazz Festival

Kongsberg. Four days in early July. w kongsberg-jazzfestival.no . Large-scale jazz festival, one of the country’s biggest, where the emphasis is on Norwegian musicians.

Molde. Mid-July. w moldejazz.no . Held over a six-day period in the middle of the month, this is one of the best festivals of its type, attracting big international names.

Olsokdagene

(St Olav Festival), Stiklestad. Late July. w stiklestad.no . St Olav, Norway’s first Christian king, was killed at the battle of Stiklestad in 1030. Historical pageants and plays honouring him are staged on the King’s feast day (July 29) as well as during the six days before.

Åndalsnes. Late July to early Aug. w raumarock.com . Two-day knees-up showcasing the talents of a wide range of local and international acts from the likes of the Bare Egil Band to the Raga Rockers and the Toy Dolls.

Oslo Jazzfestival

Oslo. Mid-Aug. w oslojazz.no . A six-day event attracting a veritable raft of big international names.

Norwegian International Film Festival

Haugesund. One week in late August. w filmweb.no . Norway’s most prestigious film festival, with a wide selection of the latest releases from across Scandinavia.

Oslo. Ten days in early to mid-Sept. w ultima.no . Much-vaunted festival showcasing the talents of contemporary classical musicians from Scandinavia and beyond. Various venues.

Trondheim. Three and a half weeks in Oct. w uka.no . Prestigious cultural festival, one of Norway’s largest, featuring a battery of international and domestic artists in everything from classical music to rock, theatre to wrestling, juggling and crime writing.

Bergen Internasjonale Filmfestival (BIFF)

Bergen. Mid- to late Oct. w biff.no . Week-long international film festival, one of the best of its type in the country. Various venues across the city centre.

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When is the Best Time to Go and Visit Norway?

When planning a Scandinavian getaway you might find it important to know when is the best time to visit Norway. The truth is that this beautiful Nordic nation is a worthy travel destination year-round, so it’s hard to go wrong!

Having said that, each season has its own unique benefits. The summer is perfect for fjord cruises and road trips. The winter is the ideal time to spot the northern lights and take part in snow-based activities.

To learn more about the best time to go to Norway, read this guide to the 4 seasons followed by our travel experts’ answers to frequently asked questions. 

You’ll know what to expect at each time of year, what activities are best as well as when and where to go in Norway for your ideal trip.

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Best for enjoying the midnight sun & warm waters

June to August is a fantastic time to visit Norway if you want to take advantage of the country’s legendary midnight sun. At this time of year, the days are long and pleasant, and greenery stretches as far as the eye can see.

How’s the weather?

While temperatures in the north (for example in Tromsø) stay low at around 11°C (52°F), temperatures in the south climb into the 20s°C (68°F +). Perfect summer temperatures to enjoy sightseeing.

Best places to visit

The warm weather, endless daylight hours, and good road conditions mean it’s a perfect time for  taking on a road trip ! You could leave from the capital, Oslo, and head toward the western fjords region.

Make sure to stop by the famous and UNESCO World Heritage-listed  Geirangerfjord . 

If you’re keen to venture into the real north of Norway, summer is a good time to go if you want to avoid the coldest, snowiest weather.

We especially recommend  touring the Lofoten islands , just north of the Arctic Circle. This charming archipelago is an idyllic place to enjoy nature, hike, kayak, cycle, boat and fish to your heart’s content. Just drink in the astonishing scenery under the midnight sun.

  • Look up summer self-drive tours of Norway
  • Or take up the epic  Norway in a Nutshell ® train and cruise itinerary

Fun activities to do

The warmer weather of the summer means the lakes warm up nicely, making them ideal for wild swimming. Even if you don’t take to the water yourself, you can still make the most of the weather. How abouta boating or kayaking trip?

If you’re in Bergen, you could try the Mt Ulriken zipline. This would allow you to experience the city from a different perspective.

And if you’re a lover of birds, it’s a great time to come to Norway for birdwatching. There are interesting safaris available at this time of year. We can suggest the one in Honningsvåg, in the north of Norway.

Mark your calendar for these fun summer events:

  • Riddu Riđđu, an international indigenous festival hosted in July each year. It takes place in Kåfjord, 2 hours outside Tromsø in Northern Norway.
  • The Norwegian International Film Festival happens every August in Haugesund, 2 hours outside Stavanger.
  • Midnight Sun Marathon is held in Tromsø each June.
  • Norwegian Wood, one of Oslo’s best music festivals, also happens to be scheduled for June.

naeroyfjord and snowy mountains

Norway in autumn

Best for enjoying crisp nights & scenic hikes

Between September and November , Norway is transformed. The lush greens of the summer have been replaced with the fiery autumnal shades of yellow, orange and red. At this time of the year, the landscape is on the cusp between colourful foliage and the frost of first snow.

This is the perfect time of year if you enjoy hiking, and especially if you are seeking a quieter ambience. October and November in particular see a drop in visiting travellers, meaning you’ll have more of the sights to yourself.

This is the time of year when the weather in Norway starts to change as the winter approaches. In Oslo, average temperatures come down to around 6°C (48°F) in October, while in the north they are only around 2°C (35°F).

The cities are must-sees during this season as you have plenty of places to visit, such as museums and attractions. You could make your way between Oslo and Bergen, taking on the iconic Norway in a Nutshell® journey.

Going through the country toward the west coast is an ideal way to spot all the gorgeous landscapes, marked by the colours of autumn.

If you’re looking for a fantastic wildlife experience, make sure to head north, maybe on a Havila or Hurtigruten cruise all the way to  Kirkenes . This is a good time of year to spot sea life, such as humpbacks and orcas, in the chilly northern waters.

The crisp weather of autumn means it is a great time if you love hiking and are always seeking an interesting viewpoint. 

In September and October, you could take on famous hikes to   Pulpit Rock , or even Trolltunga. That said, we recommend following local safety advice and weather warnings when out hiking.

You can’t think of the Norwegian autumn without of the aurora borealis. This time of year is the start of the season for going on  northern lights tours in Norway . 

Mark your calendar for these autumnal events:

  • Bergen International Film Festival  held at the end of September.
  • Dark Season Blues, a music festival held in  Longyearbyen  in Svalbard each October.

northern lights above lofoten

Norway in winter

Best for enjoying the northern lights & winter sports

Norway’s winter is magical! While these months may be cold and dark, the beauty of the landscapes more than makes up for it. The country is draped in thick snow, and the fjords are transformed into mystical ice realms.

If you’re looking for the best time to travel to Norway to witness a snowy wonderland, this is it.

Some roads are closed over the winter months, but you can enjoy cruises and train journeys all year long. 

It’s a great time of year to travel through the snow-capped mountains and keep an eye on the dark skies. You may be lucky enough to spot some colourful dancing lights in the sky as well!

Temperatures fall to an average of -3 or -4°C (25°F) in both the capital and the north. By the coast, however, which enjoys a more temperature climate, it stays around 2°C (35°F).

Make sure to head north! Within the Arctic Circle, you’ll be able to enjoy the true meaning of winter.

One of the key draws of a winter trip to Norway is of course the northern lights. And the best location to have a chance to spot them is in Northern Norway.

In fact, there is a zone called the “Northern Lights Belt”, situated from 65 to 72 degrees north. It’s known for having the highestt auroral frequency and intensity. The closer you are to it, the better your odds are!

Both the city of Tromsø and the Lofoten islands fall directly within this area, so we highly recommend these destinations. You could also take on an Arcticcruise to the  North Cape  and Kirkenes. In fact, these are some of the  best cruise journeys in Norway . 

  • Book a tour to Norway to spot the northern lights with these  winter itineraries
  • Related: 10 things to do when you visit Norway in winter

Winter may be the ‘off-season’ in some places, but in Norway you’ll find plenty to do! And we don’t mean just looking out the train window at the gorgeous mountains above, or searching for the northern lights.

In the winter months, you’ll be able to enjoy a host of unique activities, including reindeer- and dog-sledding. You could learn more about Sami culture, stay at the  SnowHotel , or even chase the northern lights by snowmobile.

Stay the night inside a snow hotel with these ice hotel packages to Northern Norway

Near Oslo, you could visit the  Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Tower . The museum is the oldest of its kind in the world and showcases more than 4,000 years of skiing history. Head up to the observation deck at the top of the jump tower for views of Oslo.

Another great place to experience the true north is in Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago located closer to the North Pole. It is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas and is famous for its number of polar bears.

Mark your calendar for these winter events:

  • Ice Music Festival, a glacial event happening every February in the alpine resort town of  Geilo .
  • Northern Lights Festival, a 10-day music festival held in Tromsø every January.
  • Rørosmartnan held in February and considered the largest winter festival in the country.

windy road of trollstigen

Norway in spring

Best for enjoying flora and bird watching

March , April and May are also beautiful months to visit Norway. As the winter snows melt, the rivers, lakes and waterfalls swell with fresh water and life. Snow-draped landscapes fade away and are replaced with swathes of lush green.

From April to May the weather rises between 0 and 11°C (32-52°F) in  Oslo , and up to, on average, 4°C (39°F). As this is a changeable season, you never know as it may inch a bit higher or lower.

You’ll definitely enjoy the fjords in the spring! The western fjords are gorgeous all year long, but in the spring, the landscape transforms from wintry to luxuriant.

We recommend taking a coastal cruise from  Trondheim  down to Bergen, admiring the coast along the way. At this time of year, many summery activities reopen their doors so you can take advantage of these before the summer boom.

Boosted by the meltwaters, the waterfalls of Norway are at their most formidable during spring. You could go on a kayak or rib boat tour at Geirangerfjord to get close to the stunning  Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil  waterfalls.

One of Norway’s biggest attractions at this time of year is also the spring blossom. By May, the flowers are in full bloom across the country and, on a sunny day, the scenery can be out of this world.

In May, when the nicer weather has usually settled in, some roads reopen. One you won’t want to miss is the  Trollstigen  road near Ålesund. You could make sure to drive it on a road trip, or to book an optional excursion to go experience it.

Mark your calendar for these spring events:

  • Stavanger Vinfest, a food and wine festival held in April.
  • Constitution Day on 17 May, celebrated all over the country.
  • Bergen International Festival beginning in late May.

Best time to visit for…

If you’re wondering when the best time of year to visit Norway is for a specific activity or to visit a certain location, read below. Nordic Visitor’s travel experts share their insider tips to help you plan your ideal trip. 

Best time to visit Svalbard, Norway

A great place to experience the true north is in  Svalbard  – a Norwegian archipelago located halfway to the North Pole. It is famous for having more polar bears than human inhabitants. 

If you’re keen to fly north, we recommend going between February and September. That is because of the number of daylight hours available during those months. 

In the depth of winter, the region experiences a polar night and therefore the sun doesn’t rise at all. From February, you get a better balance of darkness, to spot the northern lights, and daylight, to go on excursions.

You’ll want to be able to admire the glittering icebergs, frozen tundra and maybe even spot the elusive white bear. 

  • Check out these fun tours of Svalbard
  • Related: Read a first-hand account of a special visit to Svalbard

people standing on pulpit rock

Best time to travel to the Norway fjords

The Norwegian fjords are amongst the most beautiful in the world. It is no wonder that the West Norwegian Fjords, Geirangerfjord and  Nærøyfjord , are listed as one of   Norway’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites . Picture tranquil waters, thundering waterfalls, and sheer mountain faces.

To see the fjords in all their glory, the summer is a great period for a visit. At this time, you could go kayaking along a fjord to take it all in from a different perspective. You could even try dipping your toes in or going wild swimming.

But there are benefits to the other seasons too. Come in spring to see the waterfalls running with even more power thanks to the snow and ice melting. In winter, you may get a view of snow-capped mountains and frosted waterfalls as you sail through the Norway fjords.

  • Discover the majestic western fjords with one of these Norway tours
  • Related: The best fjords in Norway

Best time to visit Norway for the weather

First, what is the best weather for you?

As mentioned previously, the warmest weather of the year is definitely during the summer. At this time, you’ll enjoy sunny days in the south, either for a city break in Oslo or to take on a fun excursion to the fjords.

But maybe you prefer  colder days with crisp air and plenty of snow to enjoy fun activities. Then come in winter.

If you like mild weather, you’ll probably prefer the shoulder seasons. In April, May and September, you’ll enjoy weather that is perfect for hiking or exploring, with plenty of daylight to do so!

man hiking by fjord

When is the best time to visit Oslo, Norway

Oslo, the formidable capital of Norway, is the ideal Nordic destination for a city break. It’s also a great gateway to discovering more of the country.

To see  Oslo  at your own pace we recommend visiting in the months just before or after the summer. This way you’ll enjoy all the top attractions with, hopefully, fewer crowds. This time of year is the best of both worlds.

Spend your days visiting the top landmarks, such as  Akershus Fortress  and the  Royal Palace , which may have more availability at that time of year. Later, walk along  Aker Brygge , the old waterfront, and enjoy al fresco dining in the bright and cool evening.

Visit Oslo in early winter for another fantastic experience. At this time, you could enjoy the charming Christmas markets and go sightseeing under fairy lights. A trip to Norway’s capital city is a great way to get into the festive spirit.

  • Explore Oslo on a city break to Norway

Best time to visit Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø  is a great year-round destination if you’re looking for stunning scenery and don’t mind a cooler day out.

Visit Tromsø between October and April to enjoy a winter wonderland and experience a polar night. This phenomenon, where the sun doesn’t rise at all, happens from late November until mid-January.

Another bonus of visiting in winter is the city’s location, straight into the “Northern Lights Belt”. This means you may be able to admire the lights from the city itself.

From Tromsø you could also journey across the northern coast of Norway, to the North Cape and all the way to Kirkenes. This is an amazing winter journey along the Arctic Circle.

In summer, visit Tromsø and the nearby Lofoten islands, to experience the polar opposite (pun intended!). From mid-May until late July, the sun doesn’t set at all. This is called the midnight sun. You could go hiking and enjoy the natural landscape at midnight if you wish.

view of tromso in the snow

Best time to visit Ålesund, Norway

The charming port town of  Ålesund  is one of Norway’s most visited cities. This is in part thanks to its beautiful setting along a cluster of islands in the western fjords.

It has also become a popular stop as part of the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. If you’re cruising your way up or down the country, you could add a stopover in Ålesund. And it is definitely worth the visit!

We recommend travelling here in summer to experience it at its best and to enjoy all the activities available. These include angling, sailing, hiking, and kayaking, among others.

From Ålesund, you can cruiseto the nearby Geirangerfjord. You could also spend your days hiking to local viewpoints. Summer is the ideal time to walk up Mount Aksla and enjoy the panoramic views of the archipelago and the peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps.

  • Take a look at these Norwegian culture trips

Best time to visit Norway, Sweden and Denmark

Are you looking for a grand tour of Scandinavia? This Northern European region, composed of Sweden and Denmark as well as Norway, is a fantastic destination come winter or summer.

The capital cities, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, are well connected. That means it’s easy to travel between each of them on one single trip. 

In summer, you could drive or take a train and then a cruise to see what makes each city so special. In winter, you’ll be able to sightsee the highlights of all 3 countries with their mild weather and charming winter lights. 

Travel just before or after the summer, to enjoy nice weather and plenty of daylight. At popular locations, such as the capitals, Norwegian fjords and top hiking spots, you’ll enjoy having more time and space to yourself.

  • Combine a trip to Norway with Sweden and Denmark with these  Scandinavian tours

northern lights above tromso

Best time to visit Norway for the northern lights

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are at their best during the winter season. This means you should visit Norway between October and March.

From late September, the days become shorter making it easier to witness the auroras in the night sky. Indeed, you need darkness, good solar activity, and low light pollution to be able to admire them.

You’ll also want to journey into Northern Norway, all the way into the Arctic Circle, to spot the northern lights. The few prime locations for northern lights spotting in Norway are:

  • Tromsø
  • North Cape (Nordkapp)
  • Book one of these  aurora tours to see Norway under a sky lit with northern lights
  • Related: Best places and times to see the northern lights in Norway

Best time to visit Norway and Iceland

To combine both these stunning countries into one epic Nordic trip, we recommend visiting in summer.

At this time of year you will benefit from longer days to make the most of your exploration. Take in the highlights of southern Norway like Oslo and the Norwegian fjords before flying to Iceland where you could tour the whole island. 

You could even discover more of Scandinavia if you so wish and have the time for a longer trip. Start your tour in Stockholm, passing by Copenhagen before taking on Norway and Iceland.

Sights can be popular at the height of summer, so you could try planning your tour for early or late summer if you want a quieter holiday.

And if you would rather visit during the winter, fear not, it is also possible! In fact, this season has some bonus points of its own too. You’ll be able to admire the glittering frost over amazing Norwegian and  Icelandic waterfalls .

This is also the time of year to travel to the Nordics if you want to catch sight of the northern lights. As the darkness sets in, from late September, it becomes easier to see them dancing in the night sky.

  • Go on a combined tour of Norway and Iceland
  • Or look up  Iceland tours  to explore the Land of Fire and Ice

Best time of year to visit Bergen, Norway

Bergen  is another Norwegian city that can be visited all year long. As it is one of the rainiest cities in Europe, you’ll probably want to travel here in summer for the best weather.

In case of bad weather, fear not, there is plenty to do indoors.   You could visit the 900-year-old Bergen Cathedral and one of Norway’s oldest fortresses, Bergenhus Fortress. There are also many museums like the Bryggens Museum, the  KODE Art Museum , and the Hanseatic Museum.

But really Bergen is known as the  gateway to the fjords  and is an excellent outdoor destination. In summer, you could hike up one (or more!) of the seven mountains surrounding the city. You could also participate in fun activities like ziplining across Mount Ulriken.

You also won’t want to miss hiking or taking the  Fløibanen funicular  to the top of  Mount Fløyen . You’ll get some amazing views of the city below and access to some top walking trails.

boat sailing along geirangerfjord

Best time to visit Norway on a cruise

You can cruise Norway’s magnificent and diverse coast any time of the year. That said, we do recommend the summertime for the best experience.

Between May and September, you’ll enjoy long days, ideal for sightseeing. That’s true from the boat or on excursion stops on the mainland. Take photos in the midnight sun and pack more in your day.

In winter, you may enjoy the smaller crowds, but days are much shorter. You may also find the sea is a bit rougher. The one bonus of a winter cruise is the chance to admire the northern lights in the sky above.

A cruise is, in fact, excellent for spotting the auroras as you’ll be away from city light pollution.

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Best time to go to Norway for hiking

Do you have dreams of standing proudly atop Trolltunga or  Pulpit Rock ?

You may have seen the scenic photos of people standing by the cliff edge, with calm fjords below and rocky mountains in the distance. 

April until October is the best time to hike to those famous heights. To skip the potential queues for the best Instagram snaps, you should visit during the shoulder season. Late spring and early autumn are quieter times of year that are fantastic to experience the mountains in a bit more peace.

In fact, autumn may be the best time as you’ll find more paths accessible at this time compared to spring. And you’ll be treated to the orange and yellow foliage of the forest.

  • Check out these active tours of Norway

Best time to visit Norway for the midnight sun

The  midnight sun  is an incredible phenomenon whereas the sun does not set below the horizon. It occurs inside the Arctic Circle during summer.

For example, Tromsø and  Svolvær , located inside the Arctic Circle, experience the midnight sun between mid-May and late July. You’ll want to visit the northern parts of Norway (or neighbouring Sweden and Finland) at this time to witness it.

Imagine hiking or sitting by the Norwegian Sea admiring the scenery while basking in the light of the sun in the middle of the night.

Just make sure to bring an eye mask to help you sleep!

light of sun on svolvaer in lofoten

Best time to visit Norway for whale watching

Every year, whales pop up along the Norwegian coast. For this reason, it’s a good location to go on a wildlife cruise to spot them up close.

These gentle giants of the sea are most commonly seen along the Vesterålen coast, just north of Lofoten. Make sure to go there in summertime for your best chances and for more varied sightings.

You could spot sperm whales, but also pilot whales, minke whales, humpback whales, dolphins, and killer whales.

For the best whale-watching experience in Northern Europe, we recommend heading to North Iceland instead. Indeed,  Húsavík  is considered the capital of whale watching. Trips are available all year long, but summer is the best time to visit.

You might see dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales as well as some sperm whales and maybe the elusive blue whale.

Learn more about  whale watching in Iceland .

What to pack for a trip to Norway

The weather in this part of the world can be fickle, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the best of Norway. Pack well to come ready for rain or sunshine and take advantage of your trip to the fullest. 

For all seasons, you should pack layers so you can be flexible depending on the day's temperature. We especially suggest bringing a waterproof jacket and comfortable walking or hiking shoes.

Even in the summer it’s best to have a pair of light gloves, a hat and a scarf handy. Don’t forget your sleeping mask to help with the light nights of summer.

In winter, make sure to pack some warm layers (preferably woollen) along with an insulated jacket.

Finally, don’t forget your camera to snap away at all the spectacular landscapes!

  • For more travel inspiration, check out these classic holidays in Norway

Norway is an exceptional destination that can be enjoyed all year long. We hope this post convinced you of that!

When you’re ready to book your dream Norway holiday, take a look at these top Norway packages . And if you’re still not sure or would like local advice,   get in touch . Our travel experts can be reached s via live chat, toll-free numbers or email.

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Experience the magic of the ‘Midnight Sun’ with Finnair’s relaunched flights to Bodø, Norway

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Finnair is relaunching its popular route to Bodø, Norway, today after a successful launch last summer. The new route from Helsinki remains the only scheduled international flight from the city, as Finnair continues to reinforce its Nordic network.

Flights to the mini metropolis will operate five times per week between today and August 12, 2024 – an increase from the three weekly flights offered last summer – to coincide with the magic of the midnight sun.

Known for being one of Norway’s fastest growing cities, Bodø is located in the Arctic Circle and offers the ultimate combination of beauty and nature.

From the world’s strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen, and Europe’s most accessible glacier, Svartisen, to the natural phenomenon of the midnight sun in which the sun never sets, travellers can experience spectacular nature without standing in line.

Customers looking for a cool cultural experience are also in luck, with the city being named a European Capital of Culture in 2024. Being the first of its kind north of the Arctic Circle, the city will host more than 1,000 performances, concerts and art exhibitions throughout its celebratory year.

Finnair’s route aims to offer UK travellers bound for Norway an easy one-stop option via the airline’s home hub in Helsinki, with flights having been timed to allow short and seamless connections.

Those looking to book a break in Bodø, can enjoy return fares from London starting at £343 in Economy, including taxes and charges. Anssi Partanen, Finnair Market Director Europe, said: “With demand for travel to the Nordics continuing to rise, we are excited to be relaunching our direct flights between Helsinki and Bodø, Norway.

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“Located above the Arctic Circle, Bodø is a magical destination brimming with beauty, offering unique experiences to travellers from around the world. “As the only airline to offer scheduled international flights to the city, we know our summer service will prove popular with customers looking to experience the Midnight Sun.”

Julie Abelsen, Visit Bodø Marketing Manager, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Finnair’s relaunch of direct flights from Helsinki to Bodø. This route provides a unique opportunity for international travellers to experience our diverse cultural offerings and breathtaking Arctic nature.

“2024 is surely the year to visit Bodø as we celebrate being European Capital of Culture this year, and Finnair is helping us connect to the rest of the world. The doors of our region, and our hearts, are wide open!”

Alongside its direct flight to Bodø, Finnair also offers services to the Norwegian gateways of Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø, Trondheim, and from 2025, Finnair’s most northerly destination, Kirkenes.

This gives UK customers the opportunity to mix-and-match their departure and arrival airports, so to allow for road trips, train travel and twin-centre trips across Norway.

Customers can choose from Finnair’s 14 destinations in Finland and over 25 destinations in the wider Nordic region. All services have been specifically timed to allow for easy connections from top UK airports, London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and the Irish capital Dublin.

Finnair offers smooth and easy transfers between flights from as little as 35 minutes, thanks to all flights operating from the same terminal.

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Summer solstice 2024 is here! See celebrations at Stonehenge and beyond (photos)

Another year, another summer solstice.

The northern hemisphere celebrated the 2024 summer solstice on June 20, while the southern hemisphere rang in its winter solstice . Because the solstices occur when Earth's poles are tilted either toward or away from the sun , the northern and southern hemispheres celebrate opposite solstices on the same date.

As is tradition, revelers in England gathered at sunrise at the ancient Stonehenge monument to revel in the longest day of the year. But around the world, people celebrate the solstice in myriad ways, as seen in the photos below.

Every year, thousands of revelers gather at sunrise at the Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England to celebrate the solstice. The roughly 5,000-year-old circle of stones was built in such a way that the sun aligns with the monument during sunrise on the summer solstice and at sunset on the winter solstice.

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Thousands of people gathered at the monument even before the sun rose this morning (June 21) to celebrate the solstice. (The Stonehenge festival began on solstice day and stretched into today.)

As the sun rose, revelers at Stonehenge celebrated with dancing, Pagan rituals and music.

Humans have been celebrating the solstices at Stonehenge for thousands of years. This year, 15,000 people were allowed into the site.

For Stonehenge and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the longest day and shortest night of the year, a cause for celebration for many, including the people seen below.

Far from Stonehenge, yoga students in Sydney, Australia celebrated the solstice (in this case the winter solstice, due to Sydney being in the Southern Hemisphere) with a session on famous Bondi Beach. Aside from being the date of the solstice this year in Australia (which is across the International Date Line), June 21 was also the International Day of Yoga.

In Bolivia, people celebrated the winter solstice in traditional garb to ring in the beginning of the year of the Andean Amazon calendar, also known as the Aymara calendar.

Space.com's Daisy Dobrijevic caught this picture of the midnight sun while traveling on the southern coast of Norway. The midnight sun is a natural summertime phenomenon in which the sun never sets below the horizon due to Earth being titled toward our star, peaking around the solstice.

"The midnight sun illuminated the tips of the mountain peaks as we sailed into the Trollfjord," Dobrijevic said. "The contrast between the darker blue light and the golden light above was simply beautiful."

In London, local residents in the Borough of Hackney gathered to take in the sunrise as the sun rose through trees at Hackney Marshes.

In Macedonia, the sun rose over the Bronze Age archaeological site of Kokino during the summer solstice, illuminating the ancient ruins as it has since they were built over 4,000 years ago. Kokino is believed to be among the oldest astronomical observatories in the world.

Next year, the summer solstice will occur on June 20, 2025. But we have another solstice to look forward to this year: the winter solstice occurs on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2024, marking the time at which Earth's north pole points farthest away from the sun.

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    Between these locations, there's a varying degree of time. People in Tromsø, the largest town in northern Norway, experience the phenomenon for approximately two months each year: 20 May to 22 July. At the North Cape (pictured above and below), the midnight sun is visible for a few weeks more, approximately 14 May to 29 July.

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    The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer in places south of the Antarctic Circle and north of the Arctic Circle - including Northern Norway. The earth is rotating at a tilted axis relative to the sun, and during the summer months, the North Pole is angled towards our star.

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    Nothing beats the Midnight Sun from the Cable Car. Mount Storsteinen, at 421 metres/1382ft altitude, overlooks the city, the island of Tromsø, the iconic Tromsø bridge with the Arctic Cathedral at the end. In summer, the cable car runs all the way to 1am, allowing you to experience it. The view is well-known.

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    Nevertheless, most people travel during the summerseason, which can be the best time to visit as bus, ferry and train connections are at their most frequent. This is the time of the midnight sun: the further north you go, the longer the day becomes, until at Nordkapp the sun is continually visible from mid-May to the end of July.

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    The driest months are from May to July, when the average precipitation is 43 millimetres per month. The sun is up for 24 hours per day between 14 May and 29 July. In winter, the sun remains below the horizon from 21 November until 21 January, creating the polar night. Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no. Read more about northern lights.

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    The vibrant atmosphere and numerous festivals make summer a lively time to visit. Weather. Summer temperatures in Norway range from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), with the warmest weather in the southern parts. The midnight sun means nearly 24 hours of daylight above the Arctic Circle, providing ample time to enjoy outdoor activities. Highlights

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