The Norwegian climate

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Norway is often regarded as a cold and wet country, because of it's northern location.

In many ways this is true, considering we are at the same latitude as Siberia, Greenland and Alaska.

Compared to these areas Norway has a rather pleasant climate.

Our location in the westerlies, on the east side of a vast ocean, with a warm and steady ocean near our shores, we actually have a much friendlier climate than the latitude indicates.

From Lindesnes at Norway's southernmost point, to North Cape at the northermost point, the span is 13 degrees of latitude.

The largest differences in climate is in Northern Norway, with sun both day and night during the summer months, and no sunshine at all during the winter season.

Winter goes from December to February.

In Finnmark county inland the average monthly temperatur is around -15 °C.

From the southernmost in Norway and all the coast up to the Lofoten area, the average temperatur actually is above freezing point during these months.
Would you believe that Sunndalsøra in Møre og Romsdal county has the highest temperatur ever registered during any Norwegian winter at + 18,9 °C ? It's true.

On the other hand; The lowest temperatur that has ever been measured (officially) was on January 1st 1886 in Karasjok in Finnmark county , and was as low as -51,4 °C.

It is important to know that this was in the inland, and the coastal areas has quite higher temperatures.

Spring goes from March to May

After the long and cold winter, the increasing solar energy during the springtime melts the snow cover, and the land areas are being warmed up faster than the sea.
The highest mean temperatures in this early springtime is to be found in a zone near the coast of Western Norway, but when it comes to May you find the highest temperatures in the southern part of eastern Norway.

Summer goes from June to August

The highest maximum temperature ever registered is 35,6 °C, measured in June 1970 at Nesbyen in the county of Buskerud.

When it comes to Northern Norway, the high-temperature record is 34,4 °C at Sihccajavri in Finnmark county, and stays from 1920.

And temperatures above 30 °C does occur from time to time.

Finnmark county has usually very low winter temperatures, and relatively high summer temperatures.

The inland of Finnmark has the largest registered difference between the highest and the lowest temperature, and the record stays in Karasjok with unbelievable 83,8 °C.

Autumn goes from September to November

When autumn comes, the land areas lose more heat than the sea, and that's the reason why the coastal areas are having the highest temperatures.

Late in the autumn you will find the highest temperatures at the coast of the countys of Rogaland and Hordaland.

The autumn in Norway can be amazing. The temperatures can often be like a midsummerday and the colors might be breathtaking.

However, you might also experience strong wind and storms during the months of autumn, as seen on this photo.

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An advice

Whatever time of the year you are visiting Norway, you should be prepared for any type of weather.

As mentioned before, you can experience 4 seasons in one day, and in the western coastal parts it can be the same temperature in July as in late December. We have had +5°C in July as well as + 20°C in December, so again: Just be prepared.

When you go on Norwegian Cruises then remember to bring warm cloths with you. Always.

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