Although Norway is known for its fjords and beautiful coastline in the summer, and ski slopes and the northern lights in the winter, it is a year-round travel destination.
While some activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing, and catching the Northern Lights have distinct seasons, sightseeing and city breaks are possible at any time of the year.
However, being on time can make the difference between a great trip and a great experience. But first and foremost, the current state of the Norwegian currency means that whatever your interests, the best time to visit Norway could be today.
The currency is currently useful
In recent months, Norwegian leaders have struggled to deal with the weakness of their currency. Although this situation raises questions for the country’s economists and policy makers, it makes Norway more accessible to tourists than it has ever been.
Exchange rates fluctuate constantly, but currently one US dollar is trading for about NOK 10.7 (and one euro for NOK 11.8), the highest rate in more than a decade, if there is the economic uncertainty that has marked the onset of Covid-related lockdowns. 19. By comparison, a US dollar would have bought just 5.9 crowns in spring 2013, half of what it is today. Last spring, the rate was 8.9 kronor.
While cash is not common in Norway, the majority of tourist spots still accept cash. If you are planning a trip to Norway, it may be worth buying crowns with cash now to take advantage of the favorable exchange rate. Remember that some hotels do not accept cash, so check in advance.
You can also book and pay for your hotel room and rental car now. Most hotels offer non-refundable rates with pay as you go, which makes paying in advance more attractive if you’re sure of your plans.
high summer season
Mid-June to mid-August is considered high season in Norway, when the fjords are at their peak. July is very popular for domestic tourism, while August in particular attracts large numbers of international visitors.
During these months it is difficult to find short-term accommodation, especially in hotels and rustic cabins in popular holiday destinations such as the Westfjords and the Lofoten Islands.
It is entirely possible to visit Norway in high season, provided you plan ahead and are prepared for queues on the roads and generally higher prices. Car rental and accommodation must be booked months in advance.
Due to the popularity of summer, shoulder seasons have become more popular in recent years, but these two periods are very different from each other.
May to mid-June is the best time to visit Norway, with a good chance of mild to hot weather and some of the longest days of the year. May is a great time to view the country’s waterfalls, as the melting of snow means they are usually at their peak.
However, the number of public holidays must be taken into account during this period.
Although these can be fun times to visit (especially Norway National Day on May 17), many tourist facilities will be closed or reduced and restaurants will be full.
From mid-August to September, the crowds are also lower, but the chance of rain is higher in most parts of the country. If the weather is nice, September can be a great time to visit the country, as the fall colors start to pop, and flights are generally cheaper. Now is a great time to consider a coastal trip to Norway, as prices are cheaper.
The shoulder seasons are also a good option for visiting the national parks and Norway’s most popular hiking trails, which get crowded during the summer. Trail opening times vary widely across the country, so inquire in advance. Some trails remain open year-round but require a guide at certain times of the year.
Winter tourism in Norway focuses on the Northern Lights, skiing, and other winter sports. There are two winters in Norway, fall and spring.
For expeditions in search of the Northern Lights, the most favorable period is from mid-September to mid-November and from February to March. If December and January are the darkest months, the weather conditions are also worse and there are more clouds.
February and March are arguably better options because of the longer days and opportunities for skiing and other outdoor activities during the day.
Despite the darkness, the beginning of December is the time for a city break. Prices tend to be lower and towns are lit up at Christmas, with holiday markets in most towns.
Snowfall dates are rarely certain, but there is most likely snowfall between January and April. In larger cities, snow can fall as early as September or October, although some cities don’t see their first significant snowfall until December.
It gets more difficult to plan an early ski vacation as ski resorts only open their doors after a significant snowfall. These dates vary each year, but you should be able to get a good idea of possible dates by checking the websites of ski resorts.
February and March are the most popular months for skiing due to the sunnier days and near-guaranteed snow on the mountain. Depending on snow conditions, most ski resorts remain open through Easter.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: David Nickel
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