Seasons, weather and climate in Northern Norway

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The Arctic Circle marks the starting point for the midnight sun and totally dark winters lit up by the magical northern lights.

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Northern Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Northern Norway has a milder climate. Find out what clothes to pack when planning your holiday in Northern Norway, check out recent snow reports for your destination or go to weather forecast for Northern Norway to find out about sasons, weather and climate in Northern Norway.

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Summer
In Northern Norway you can experience the midnight sun from the middle of May to the end of July. Late June to early August is when the weather is warmest with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 25°C – 30°C.

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Then the autumn darkness comes gradually. From late August, every new day sees the sun setting earlier and earlier. However, on bright autumn days you can enjoy nature’s sparkling colours of red, orange and yellow.

Winter
From the middle of November until the end of January, the sun does not rise at all. October, February and March are the best months for seeing the spectacular show of the northern lights.

The interior areas of Northern Norway have an Arctic type of climate in winter with snow, strong winds and severe frosts. Temperatures can reach below -40 °C in the inner areas of Finnmark and Troms, but if this does not happen every winter.

By contrast, the coastal areas have comparatively mild winters. However, gales, rain and clouds are frequent and heavy. Thanks to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents caused by the coriolis effect, the harbours along the coast of Northern Norway are free of ice throughout the year.

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Spring
Spring can arrive as late as the end of May, but this varies from year to year.

The interior areas of Northern Norway have an Arctic type of climate in winter with snow, strong winds and severe frosts. Temperatures can reach below -40 °C in the inner areas of Finnmark and Troms, but if this does not happen every winter.

Remember that the weather and temperatures can change quicklythroughout the entire region. So whether summer or winter, autumn or spring – bring good footwear and warm clothes.

Average daytime temperatures

Kirkenes Alta Bodø Tromsø
January -7.4°C -8.7°C -2.2°C -4.4°C
February -8.3°C -7.9°C -2.0°C -4.2°C
March -9.9°C -5.2°C -0.6°C -2.7°C
April -0.9°C -0.6°C 2.5°C 0.3°C
May 7.5°C 4.8°C 7.2°C 4.8°C
June 9.4°C 10.0°C 10.4°C 9.1°C
July 13.9°C 13.4°C 12.5°C 11.8°C
August 10.1°C 12.0°C 12.3°C 10.8°C
September 7.2°C 7.2°C 9.0°C 6.7°C
October 1.7°C 1.6°C 5.3°C 2.7°C
November -2.9°C -3.6°C 1.2°C -1.1°C
December -12.2°C -7.0°C -1.2°C -3.3°C

Source: Meteorologisk institutt and yr.no