Each of the four seasons in Norway has its own personality, and there are few places in the world where the variation in climate is more striking. If you are really lucky, you can experience all four seasons on the same day.
Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Norway has a much milder climate than other places in the world located at the same latitude, such as Siberia, Greenland and Alaska. This lends most of the southern regions and the coast a temperate climate with cold winters and plenty of snow, and relatively dry and comfortably warm summers, meaning it is truly a place of four seasons. If you can’t decide which time of the year to plan your journey, read Hurtigruten’s season guide below, with the on-board activities, the waters sailed in, restaurant menus and shore excursions changing come spring, summer, autumn or winter.
Season: March to May
Springtime is Norway’s scenery at it’s most spectacular. As Mother Nature wakes up from her long winter sleep, the fruit trees begin to bloom in the fjords, the migratory birds that fled in the cooler months return to nest (so birdwatchers be sure to pack your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed eagles, gyrfalcons, Atlantic puffins and Arctic sea ducks), the melting snow means waterfalls start thundering at full force and the streets become abuzz with activity as the locals emerge to make the most of the longer days and warmer weather. If fresh produce is your idea of heaven, farmers markets start to crop up all over the country come March, alongside a number of fantastic food festivals.
- Melting water means powerful and majestic waterfalls
- Longer days give you more time to see and experience the white wonderland in the north (March and April are also the best months for snow north of the Arctic Circle)
- Prime time for ice and sea fishing, as well as diving (the water starts to get warmer but still retains the crystal-clear visibility characterised by winter)
- There is still a chance of seeing the Northern Lights