Late June to early August is when summer is at its peak, with temperatures that can reach 25°C–30°C. The further north you go, beyond the Arctic Circle, the more nights of midnight sun you will be able to experience in the summer. Like a prolonged sunset and sunrise all at once, this natural phenomena colours heaven and earth in a reddish yellow light.
It is in the frosty winter months when the Northern Lights are most visible, laying claim to the night sky. October, February and March are the best months for seeing the magical light show. To experience the unbelievable colours that moves across the Arctic sky is on many travellers’ bucket list. Few places on earth offer more ways to witness the aurora borealis than Norway.
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The coastal town of Ålesund is, for many, just as beautiful as Bergen, if on a much smaller scale, and it's certainly far less touristy. Ålesund offers exciting activities based on both nature and culture. You can go for a boat trip, wander along marked paths on the mountains, or cycle around idyllic islands, or participate in a sightseeing tour by boat, city train or on foot. The possibilities are endless.
Most tourists in Bergen find the atmosphere, cultural landscape and architecture more compelling than the typical sights, so pick a few things to see and spend the rest of your time in Bergen sitting down in a park or café, strolling around the city, enjoying a concert or hiking the mountains. On sunny summer days, stay downtown until late to enjoy the sunset in the north. Visit the Fish Market.
Situated at the head of the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the mighty Sogne, Flåm nestles between high cliffs streaked with waterfalls and is the terminus of the Flåmsbanen the amazing railway line that travels just 12 miles to Myrdal through stunning scenery and a gradient of 1 in 18!
This pretty village nestles at the tip of perhaps Norway's most photographed, if not most renowned, fjord. The voyage along the fjord passing such famous waterfalls as De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters) is spectacular whilst Geiranger has a charm all of its own
At its eastern end, the magnificent Nordfjord divides into three arms beneath the glaciers of the Jotunheimen Mountains, and Olden sits at the beginning of the southernmost of these arms. Olden is utterly delightful; a charming village set in green meadows which are ablaze with colourful flowers throughout the summer
Stavanger is home to a myriad of natural wonders – from Pulpit Rock, one of the most popular and photographed sites in Norway to Lysefjord's breathtaking landscape of waterfalls and mountains
Situated 400km north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø's climate is surprisingly moderate. The main part of town stretches along the east shore of the island of Tromsøya, linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge