Norway is a fascinating country known for majestic mountain peaks and iconic fjords. It’s made up of dense forests, glistening mountain lakes, and expansive fields of wildflowers. A visit here is sure to leave you feeling humbled by the enormity of the landscape!
In addition to the vast wilderness, Norway is a country with a rich history, unique culture, and home to exciting folklore and legends. Put all this together, and you have a fascinating land in the “Home of the Giants” which is just begging to be explored! Allow the timeless hamlets to take you back to when Viking ships commanded the high seas, and picture yourself as an intrepid explorer, venturing out into the unknown. You’re sure to feel awestruck by all that Norway has to offer with a Wildland Trekking trip!
When to Go
When traveling to Norway, one should prepare for a variety of climates and temperatures. Precipitation and cooler weather are commonplace across Norway due to its coastal landscape. Rainfall is most prevalent on the west coast near Bergen. This moisture is the key to creating the vibrant green colors and a variety of plant life that grow in the region. Further inland, the climate is noticeably more dry and predictable.
Due to the extreme north-south length of the country, expect to experience warmer temperatures towards the south and colder weather in the north towards the Lofoten Islands and beyond. Despite Norway being situated far north on the globe, it is located next to the Gulf stream – a warm ocean current – making the country’s average temperatures much milder than one might expect.
Summer, from June to August, is the high season for visiting Norway. The summers have been getting warmer over the last five years, and you can expect summer temperatures to be in the 60-70º Fahrenheit range with occasional jumps into the 80’s. However, don’t forget to take into account which region in Norway you will be visiting as there will be slight differences in average temperatures.
The summer months are an ideal time to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Norway has to offer. During this time, usually in early to mid-July, the mountains become accessible as the remaining winter snows melt, and the coastal and inland areas become warmer. It is important to remember that if you plan to be in the mountains, the weather can change very quickly. You can expect a mix of sunny warm days to windy, cold, rainy days. Additionally, some days may provide a mixture of weather from occasional showers to warm temperatures and sun, so plan accordingly. On average, the weather is the most stable in July and August and often has less precipitation than other months.
What’s more, thanks to the country’s extreme northern position, there is a period in the summer where the sun does not set – known as “The Midnight Sun”. This natural phenomenon becomes more prevalent the farther north you travel.
Shoulder season consists of both Fall (September-November) and Spring (March-May).
Fall offers a cozy and colorful atmosphere as the leaves change, and rich variations of gold and red colored leaves coat the forest floors. Spring offers the birth of wildflowers, fruit trees, and gushing waterfalls as the snowmelt gives life to the landscape. Additionally, Norway will emerge from the long, dark days of winter to significantly more daylight for adventuring, accompanied by warmer temperatures.
Both fall and spring overlap with summer and winter activities. For example, there is often good skiing at the beginning of spring with the benefit of warmer days and more time in the sunlight. In the mountains, snow can begin to fall as early as September, blocking trail access, or as late as November – allowing you to explore stunning views of the Autumn forest and mountains without being impeded by snowdrifts. Expect less predictable weather during as temperatures can vary significantly throughout each season. However, don’t let this deter you as viewing nature’s magic in the changing seasons offer a unique and enriching experience, as well as significantly reduced crowds.
Spanning December through February, Norway becomes a winter wonderland covered in snow. The temperatures often hover around 20-30º Fahrenheit but vary depending on how far north or south and how far inland you are. No matter your location, Norway is world-renowned for its cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and dog sledding.
Unlike the summer, the winter days are fairly short. In the far northern regions, the sun does not rise for some time towards the end of January. One perk to the long nights and cooler temps is the Aurora Borealis – more commonly referred to as the Northern Lights. Chances of viewing this magnificent dance of electrical charge across the sky increase as you move north and as the temperatures become more cool and dry towards midwinter.
If you’re looking for an easy-going and relaxed adventure with all of the comforts and amenities of a home base, look no further than our lodge-based trip. This experience offers a stunning variety of activities and scenery at a manageable and pleasant pace, and there is no heavy backpack to worry about! You’ll boat, hike, and eat your way around the country with the ability to enjoy a warm shower and comfy bed each night. Lodge based trips offer a variety of locations, landscapes, and historic fishing villages. Lodging, food, and transportation are all included for a carefree experience!
Hut to Hut Treks
Experience all that Norway has to offer from the fjords to the mountains. Get up close and personal as you backpack your way across the land. This hut-to-hut tour spans the mountains beginning in the city of Oslo and ending in Bergen. With a light pack, you’ll make your way across the vast landscape as the Vikings once did. You’ll get to rest your legs at the end of each day by enjoying a quaint mountain hut. This is a unique and environmentally sustainable way to explore the culture, history, and astonishing landscape of Norway.
Need to Know
Primary Starting City For Norway Adventures
All Lofoton Lodge-Based trips will convene in Bodo, Norway, and all Hut to Hut Trekking trips will meet in Oslo, Norway.
If you’re heading out for a lodge-based trip, you’ll find that navigating Bodo is extremely easy. Once you have arrived, you will meet up with your guide and group at the Bryggerkaia restaurant in Bodo around 3:30 pm This restaurant is conveniently located as a 3-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk from the airport. This will require you to land no later than 2:30 pm on the first day of your trip.
Hut to Hut trekkers will have the opportunity to explore Norway’s capital city, Oslo, before heading out on your adventure. You’ll meet your guide approximately 1.5 hours before the first day’s bus ride out to your hike.
When able, arriving a day early to Norway is highly recommended. This extra time will allow for a buffer for any flight or travel interruptions, as well as help you recover from jet-lag. Trust us, you will not regret the extra time to feel more adjusted, rested, and relaxed.
Be sure to register as soon as possible as trips fill up fast. When you are ready to register online, click on the green dates on the dates section of the trip page.
Any dates listed in blue must be reserved by emailing our customer service team. This process will ensure that availability is confirmed and minimize any booking hiccups along the way.
Keep in mind that children 12 and older may join standard groups on scheduled tours. However, children 5-12 years of age will need to be a part of a private tour with separate logistical requirements judged on a case by case basis. Please feel free to direct any questions to our customer service team who are available to answer help you 7 days a week!
Transportation and Lodging
Please keep in mind that accommodations before and after the trip – and transportation to the starting city – are not included in the cost of your tour. But don’t worry! It is very straightforward to arrange both lodging and accommodation in Norway, and we’re certain that you’ll love the opportunity to explore a new country.
Visa Information for Norway
Norway is a member of the European Schengen Zone. This means that your 90-day visa – which is granted upon arrival with no pre-application required – is also valid for all members of the Schengen zone. Such a system makes it very easy to include a stopover in one or more other countries while you’re on the far side of the Atlantic! We recommend you consult the U.S. Department of State for the most up to date travel information and advisories.
Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.
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