Summer travel in Norway

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Norway in Summer: A Paradise of Untamed Nature


Summer is the ideal season for hiking in Norway, whether on foot, by bike, or on water, all while enjoying mild temperatures. Outdoor activities (including wild camping) reign supreme from north to south, in the fjords, mountains, and valleys. The country even established a right to roam in nature.

Discover cities like Oslo and Bergen, experience the midnight sun in Northern Norway, visit the seaside resorts of the west coast or the wild spaces of the east: immerse yourself in an array of sensations!


How to Dress for Norway in Summer?


Regardless of the season of your trip, don’t think of traveling light! Even in summer, temperatures can vary widely from one place to another and day to day.

Your attire will obviously differ depending on whether you’re admiring the midnight sun near the Arctic Circle or strolling through the southern cities, be it the capital Oslo or lovely coastal towns like Stavanger or Bergen. And that’s not all!

Summer temperatures in Oslo can soar up to 30°C with the weather blessing you with sunny days. Time for shorts and t-shirts! Further west, the Gulf Stream adds complexity, bringing warmth… and rain. Time for raincoats!

Logically, as you move north, it gets cooler: no more than 19°C in August in Trondheim – perfect for hiking or wandering around the 130 km long Trondheimfjorden.

The weather is also mild, with temperatures sometimes reaching 25°C in the famous Lofoten Islands, which are even further north. They are especially delightful in summer, with light clothing, all thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Drift, and the Norwegian Current.

It’s a different story (and a different backpack) if your trip to Norway takes you to Lapland. A warm sweater or a fleece jacket is a must since temperatures don’t exceed 16°C during the (long) day.

Generally, the weather can change rapidly in Norway. Always pack t-shirts and warmer clothes, and most importantly, a windproof raincoat and sturdy shoes. But don’t forget your swimsuit, cap, and sunscreen!

If hiking is on your itinerary, the Norwegian Trekking Association can assist by publishing a list of clothing and equipment to bring along.



Which Treks to Undertake in Norway in Summer?


Norway is one of those countries where nature is paramount and the landscapes are breathtaking. With milder temperatures than in winter, summer is a perfect time for hiking and trekking. Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned hiker, the 1000 Norwegian fjords, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, can be explored on a cruise, hiking the marked trails of national parks, or on a multi-day trek. Tailored visits are possible in most fjords, starting with the Sognefjord, the “king of fjords”.

Looking for an active holiday in Norway? Embark on an adventure by planning a trek, exploring majestic mountains, imposing glaciers, lush valleys, and crystal-clear rivers. Here are some trekking suggestions, with their durations.

This list is by no means exhaustive. You can order a roadbook or consult our guides for personalized advice on Rocking Trip. A unique opportunity to craft a customized trek.


Crossing the Lofoten Islands

Allow at least ten days to traverse these mountains with rugged terrain seemingly placed on the sea, in the polar region. This immersion into nature takes you to explore the mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, as well as picturesque villages and white sandy beaches.

The Lofoten Islands harbor many treasures, from Skokkvika bay to the ascent of Tindstinden, through the summit of Munkan which offers an extraordinary 360° view of the southern archipelago. As a bonus, some excursions can be done by sea kayak.


The Bessegen Ridge, in the Land of Giants

A trek in Jotunheimen National Park lets you discover this mountainous region of eastern Norway. It’s nicknamed “the home of the giants” as Norse mythology says that trolls (jotner in Norwegian) lived there. The park hosts some of Norway’s highest peaks, including the country’s highest point, Galdhøpiggen (2,469 m).

The area spans 3,500 km² and is best explored on foot, sometimes by ferry for crossings. A trek will inevitably lead you to the Bessegen ridge for a spectacular hike, suitable only for experienced hikers who aren’t afraid of heights!


From Lapland to the North Cape

Allocate two weeks for this trek in the far north of the country, combining hiking, canoeing, and riverside bivouacking. Experience wild nature as you traverse Lapland, the vast forests of Karelia, the taiga and canyons of Oulanka National Park, and finally the Finmark plateau, home to the Sami and reindeer herds.

August is the ideal time to traverse and reach the Arctic Circle, with temperatures around 13°C and seemingly endless days.


Spitsbergen, the Polar Bear Kingdom

Between Norway and Greenland, a trek on Spitsbergen Island (pointed mountain), the largest of the Svalbard archipelago, also appeals to lovers of wild nature. Venture further north to discover pristine mountains, silent expanses, and ice cliffs.

Note, trekking from the city of Longyearbyen requires the company of a professional guide, as this is the realm of the polar bear.


From Bergen to Balestrand, along the Sognefjord

Such a trek in southern Norway alternates between hiking and ferry crossings. Starting from the country’s second-largest city, Europe’s longest and deepest fjord stretches 204 km inland. The Sognefjord is an exceptional natural site, offering splendid panoramas from its heights, notably from the Raudmelen mountain summit.

This trek between two coastal cities also provides an immersion into Norwegian culture… and an effortless return journey on the Flåmsbana, considered one of the most beautiful train lines in the world.


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10 places to see in Norway in summer


Norway certainly doesn’t lack places to visit, given its rich natural and cultural heritage. A road trip in Norway, during the summer by van, motorhome, or public transport, includes unforgettable stops. Here are ten such places. Based on your interests, Rocking Trip guides will personally suggest many more.

It’s likely that your summer trip to Norway will include a stop in at least one of the two main cities, Oslo and Bergen. Here’s a list of ten more unique locations…

    1. Tromsø, the Arctic capital, is a dynamic city that never sleeps. And for a good reason: in summer, the midnight sun bathes the earth and sky in its red and golden light. Tromsø is also a perfect place to discover Sami culture.

    2. The Vesteralen archipelago, in the north, is part of the Lofoten Islands. Accessible from Narvik airport, a summer stay is especially enchanting in the typical village of Stø, from where whale and orca watching excursions depart (from June to August).

    3. The port of Ålesund attracts (among others) culture enthusiasts. This surprising coastal city, rebuilt in Art Nouveau style after a 1904 fire, remains one of its finest examples. A canal runs through the city center, which can be explored by kayak.
    4. The beaches of Jaeren are a popular summer destination. The country’s longest sandy beaches (25 km) are perfect for romantic strolls, birdwatching, or surfing.

    5. The city of Stavanger is unique for housing the most wooden houses in Europe – 8,000 to be exact. In the southwest of the country, this charming city also features a surprising Viking House.

    6. In the Lysefjord, located in the southwest, you’ll need strong calves! This 42 km long fjord is home to the world’s longest wooden staircase (4,444 steps) and the iconic Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock.

    7. The waterfalls of the Geirangerfjord are among the Norwegian sites listed as a World Heritage Site. Impetuous waterfalls plummet from snow-capped peaks into verdant valleys, guaranteeing spectacular scenery!

    8. Gudbrandsdalen, the queen of valleys, is located in Norway’s oldest national park, Rondane. It’s ideal for experiencing nature and Norwegian culture, with its wooden farms and small shops.

    9. The Snøhetta viewpoint in Dovrefjell, between Oslo and Trondheim, is perfect for those wanting to see the musk ox. The region, also home to reindeer, moose, and Arctic foxes, is the only sanctuary for these creatures in Europe.

    10. The city of Røros is a living museum, an old mining town in the Trøndelag region. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a “Sustainable Destination”, it has retained its original charm with its 17th and 18th-century houses and local cuisine.

Traveling to Norway in June or August?


Until mid-August, Norwegians are on vacation. While many head to southern Europe, others naturally stay in the country. Therefore, tourist areas, especially beach resorts like Skudeneshavn, Haugesund, Stavern, and Tønsberg remain busy. Perhaps a bit too much for your liking?

But the main local summer holiday period is July. Also known as Fellesferie, it can impact your stay in Norway: less frequent public transport, infrastructure work on roads and railways, closed shops and restaurants, higher plane and rental prices…

For a summer trip, you might be torn between June and August. If possible, June is actually a perfect month to visit Norway. The snow has melted, warmth has returned, and lush nature is in full bloom. Explore the majestic fjords, tourist routes and cruises, hikes in the Far North, and strolls in picturesque villages. For wild nature enthusiasts, you can spend entire days without encountering anyone. That said, it’s also possible in August.

A bonus for June: the grand celebration of Midsummer’s Eve with its massive bonfires celebrated throughout the country on the 23rd.

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