A picturesque moment at Sognefjord
The "Land of the Midnight Sun" offers a truly unique experience.The majestic scenery is so breathtakingly beautiful that it has inspired the symphonies of Grieg, the plays of Ibsen, and the paintings of Munch. From the clusters of white-washed harbour towns nestled amongst the rocks along the south coast, to the snow-swept spine of mountains running down the center and the monumental fjords along the west coast that echo the country's glacial childhood, Norway is a place of extreme contrasts.
The sheer beauty of cliffside farms and 400-foot glacial waterfalls is a must experience in your travel diary. .
Norway is well known for its amazing and varied scenery. The fjords in the west of the country are long narrow inlets, flanked on either side by tall mountains where the sea penetrates far inland. Norway was an old Viking kingdom. Norwegians take pride in keeping fit and being sporty (a Sunday walk is not 20 min to the pub but rather three-four hours or more in the forest or up a mountain).
Because of the gulf stream, the climate in Norway is noticeably warmer than what would otherwise be expected at such a high latitude. Almost half the length of Norway is north of the polar circle.In Northern Norway there is 24 hour sunshine in the summer and no sun at all at mid-winter. Although Southern Norway can not enjoy the midnight sun, at midsummer the night is very short even in Oslo - it doesn't get really dark at all.
Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Norway has a pleasant climate.
Best time to go:
Norway is at its best and brightest for much of the period from May to September. Late May is particularly pleasant: flowers are blooming, fruit trees blossoming (especially in Hardangerfjord), daylight hours are growing longer and most hostels, camp sites and tourist sights are open but uncrowded. Be aware, however, that if you’ve come to Norway to hike, many routes and huts won’t be open until late June or early July. Smaller mountain roads usually don’t open until June.
North of the Arctic Circle, the true midnight sun is visible at least one day a year, and at Nordkapp it stays out from 13 May to 29 July.