Which Is Best, A Winter Or Summer Norway Vacation?

While Alan was away attending his Spanish immersion course with Diverbo, I went back to Spanish conversation class for a few weeks.  There was a man from Norway, visiting Spain for a couple of weeks and he was in my Spanish class.  Of course during class we all speak of things we know, but in Spanish and he mentioned some amazing things about his country.  Naturally, I was curious and started to investigate a potential Norway vacation and found a Norway travel guide.  I started to see if this could be a good Winter destination or would it be better to visit Norway in the Summer.

Which Is Best, A Winter Or Summer Norway Vacation. Researching for a Norway vacation and trying to figure out if it is best to visit Norway in the winter or the summer. Maybe it is best just to do both? Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

We’ve only been to Norway when changing planes at the Olso airport, so we didn’t get to see much at all.  It is certainly a country we need to explore more and with us trying to figure out where we are going to go for Christmas, I thought we should check this out too.  All I can say is “Wow!”, Norway is beautiful.

Norway Vacation?

First I need to investigate the best places to visit in Norway and the things to do, because I just didn’t know.  I had a blast doing my homework and documenting everything for future use.  You know me with spreadsheets, whenever I scope out a country, I of course add it to my travel spreadsheet.

I write down places to visit in Norway, links to sites, potential places to stay, estimated costs, and Norway attractions.  This is all in research just to see if it is where we want to go.  If we don’t go soon, at least the work doesn’t go to waste and I can refer to it in the future.  This time it was tough remembering the names and spelling, so I decided to write a post.  That way it will help me remember those names and save pictures of the beautiful Norway scenery too.

What is Norway known for?

Well it turns out there are quite a few things and I want to experience them all!  It was overwhelming how much is available to do in Norway and it may be a good place to spend a full month in the summer.  Oh the wheels are spinning now!

  • Norwegian sweets & home cooking, like tasty waffles!
  • Northern lights and amazing nature, with waterfalls, glaciers and more.
  • We could stay in an ice hotel!
  • The great outdoor activities, with skiing, hiking and the list goes on.
  • The people, arts and culture.  We’d learn more about the vikings, trolls, design, and could also indulge in the museums and art.
  • Creating some unique products.  Here are some famous things about Norway.
  • FjordsNorway Vacation There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway, all along the coast.

A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated sea or lakedrain, with steep land on three sides. The opening toward the sea is called the mouth of the fjord, and is often shallow. The fjord’s inner part is called the sea bottom. If the geological formation is wider than it is long, it is not a fjord.

There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway, all along the coast. But most of the iconic ones – those you may have seen on the postcards, like the Nærøyfjord, the Sognefjord, the Lysefjord the Geirangerfjord – are located on the west coast.

 

Norway Winter

Northern lights in Tromsø Norway-Aurora Borealis. photo credit Andi Gentsch at https://www.flickr.com/photos/elgentscho/8447868825

Okay let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want to experience the Northern lights?  This is a dream of mine and I know there are many countries to choose from to see them, but Norway looks incredible too.  I also have Iceland and Sweden in the back of my mind for this future activity as well.  I am not sure about the short days and tons of snow, but it is something we should experience at least once, right?

 

Norway Summer

Bergen, Norway, Architecture, Harbor

Summer is when you can enjoy the endless days!  Yep, Norway is so far north that the sun sets in Olso about 11 pm and rises about 4 am.  Of course the further north you are in the country the shorter that window of night becomes.  Bergen lays a strong claim to being one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and is located along the southwest coast.  A celebrated history of seafaring trade down through the centuries has bequeathed to the city the stunning (and Unesco World Heritage–listed) waterfront district of Bryggen, with amazing buildings.

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Public Holidays Norway

When you are planning a trip, it is always a good idea to know the local holidays.  We’ve been trapped before due to a holiday in Thailand and many other places as well.  Please find a list of public holidays for 2018.  If you would like to view for another year, just check here.

Taking a Norway Vacation? Double check the public holidays

Here are more references to help you plan your Norway vacation too!

Which would you choose for your Norway vacation, summer or winter?  Maybe even both?  Tell us why.

Have you visited Norway? Should this be on our Christmas destination list too?  Tell us all about it, so we can add your favorite spot to our research.

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2 thoughts on “Which Is Best, A Winter Or Summer Norway Vacation?

  1. I am a Norwegian and I grew up in the north, but have lived the last 30 years in the south eastern, southern and western parts of Norway. If you want to see the northern lights (you should), you need to go to the northern parts (Tromsø) in the dead of winter (December – March). In the south, there are no northern lights to speak of.

    Imo the most beautiful parts and sights of Norway are:

    Winter:
    1. Northern lights and whale safaris in the Tromsø area.
    2. Stay at an ice hotel in the town of Alta

    Summer:
    1. Northern Norway (Lofoten islands in particular)
    2. The west coast (road trip from Stavanger to Ålesund, via Bergen)
    3. The southern part (Kristiansand and all the small towns around it. Very cozy and maritime

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