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When to go to Norway

The best time to visit Norway is between the months of May to September. Lying in the far north of Europe, the seasons vary greatly throughout the year. As wildlife specialists, we focus on the north of the country as this is the best for wildlife sightings; the north.

In summer there is plenty of light for activities and bird watching. To swim with killer whales, the only time to do this is in November due to herring migration, meaning the whales congregate around the waters of Tromso.

With polar night falling throughout the winter creating long, dark days, it is important to plan wildlife safaris well, in order to make the most of the time you have. Temperatures vary from -5C in the heart of the winter to between +10-15C in summer, therefore, packing a number of layers is always best when planning your trip to Norway.

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The best time to visit Norway

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

January is not the best time to go to Norway as it is too dark to see the wildlife.

November - January

This season lies in Norway's polar night so only certain safaris are available at this time. The highlights of travel during the winter are swimming with killer whales and humpbacks as this is the best time to see pods of whales hunting for prey off the coast of Tromso.

May to September

The summer months in Norway are the perfect time for exploring the stunning landscapes of the Vesteralen Coast and the Lofoten Islands. Known for their outdoor activities, safaris to the Lofoten Islands offer kayaking, fishing, hiking and scuba diving. This allows you to encounter wildlife at the same time as taking in the breath-taking views. In addition to these activities, bird watching is a popular choice for those visiting Norway during the summer and skuas, guillemots, eiders and gulls can all be seen. A variety of sea birds can be seen off the coast of Lofoten Islands.

Things to do in Norway

Aurora Borealis Viewing

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to witness the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands are popular locations for viewing this spectacular natural phenomenon, especially during the winter months.

Whale Watching

Take a whale-watching tour from places like Tromsø or Andenes to see majestic creatures like orcas, humpback whales, and sperm whales in their natural habitat.

Lofoten Islands

Visit the Lofoten archipelago with its dramatic landscapes, fishing villages, and excellent opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Travel here in the summer months to enjoy the midnight sun; 24 hour daylight.

Hiking and Trekking

Northern Norway offers numerous hiking trails with breathtaking views. Consider hiking to places like Senja Island, the Tromsø region, or the Lyngen Alps.