Best Time to Visit Norway
June – August are the best months to visit Norway. Summers are short and cool at this northerly latitude. Late June is a great choice for visiting the fjords as the waterfalls will at their highest volume and the mountain passes will all be open by then. You will find about a 65% chance of rain no matter what time of year you visit Norway. With the midnight sun in June and July you increase the chances of also having sunshine on the same day that it was rainy. While it’s possible to avoid the crowds in May and early June, you may find that many attractions and mountain passes are closed. September weather is much colder and has the highest rainfall in many areas.
Also consider visiting Norway on May 17th for National Day when you will find many parades and locals wearing traditional dress.
November through February is the best time to see the Northern Lights. Combine your quest for the northern lights with the Christmas markets that are very popular in many cities and towns in Norway.
Norway – Visa Requirements
Norway participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements, even though it isn’t a member of the European Union. There are no border controls between members and no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Norway to Sweden and Finland. Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. More than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa. Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Norway – Currency
Norway does not participate in the Euro, so be prepared to use the Norwegian krone.
Electrical Adapters for Norway
When you Visit Norway you will need a two prong European electrical adapters. Type C and Type G electrical adapters will work. Electrical adapters for Norway will work in many European countries, like Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Eastern Europe.
Norway has 28 remaining wooden stave churches. In medieval times there were perhaps 1,300 stave churches in Norway. Many of these are found in remote areas in the western fjords. The oldest remaining ones, such as Urnes Stave Church were started in the 11th century. The Fantoft Stave Church is located about 15 minutes from downtown Bergen. Check out Touropia’s Ten Most Beautiful Stave Churches in Norway.