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Fjord Tours Articles / 13 Dec 2021

Why should you do our Norway in a Nutshell® tour during winter?

Norway sees plenty of visitors from all over the world every year, and winter is a very popular time to visit Norway due to the snowy winter landscape and varied opportunities for snow and winter activities. On our Norway in a nutshell® tour, you can get everything that you need for a perfect winter getaway.

Most travelers to Norway plan their trip and time it carefully based on what they’d like to do and see during their time in our fair land. We’ve tailored our Norway in a Nutshell®​ winter tour for those looking to visit Norway during the winter to ensure you get the most out of your Norwegian experience. Here, we’ll tell you all about why winter is a fantastic time to come to Norway!

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What is the climate in Norway like?

Before getting into the Norwegian climate and winter weather, let’s take a quick introductory look at Norway. Located in Northern Europe, Norway is a Scandinavian country that borders Sweden on one side. On the other side, there’s a long and extensive coastline twisting along the Norwegian Sea. Due to the many little peninsulas, inlets, holms, skerries, and islands of varying sizes that make up the coastline, the Norwegian coast is among the world’s longest – and people from around the world come to experience the stunning sight of the fjords.

The climate in Norway is generally cold, with plenty of snow throughout the year. Due to its northern location, in some parts of Norway, there are entirely dark winters and summers where the sun never sets! For international travelers, getting the chance to see the midnight sun and the polar nights is a truly unique experience they may never forget! In some parts of Norway, such as Tromsø, you can also see the famous northern lights – a natural phenomenon of dancing light across the night sky, and a sight you won’t want to miss.

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When is the best time of year to visit Norway?

Norway is a fantastic destination all year round, but it’s always wise to plan your trip according to what you’d like to do while you’re here. If you’d love to hike some of Norway’s highest peaks, cycle one of our national trails, or surf Lofoten’s fantastic waves, the summer might be the best time for you to visit. If you’re dreaming of dog-sledding through the Arctic landscape or skiing in a winter wonderland, the winter is the perfect timing for your trip to Norway.

Though some people may be worried that the winter may be too cold to visit Norway and choose to go during warmer months, the winter is actually a fantastic time to come! As long as you bring warm clothes and appropriate shoes, you’re well prepared for the many fantastic sights and experiences that await you in Norway. While summer is beautiful, winter is the most special time of year in Norway. A lot of tourists want to make the most of their trip to Norway by traveling during the winter when they’ll be able to take advantage of Norway’s many unique winter experiences and activities!

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Why should you do our Norway in a Nutshell® tour in the winter?

The winter is actually the most magical time of year to visit Norway, so it’s no wonder that a lot of travelers from other countries visit during the colder months! Our popular Norway in a Nutshell® winter tour is the perfect experience for travelers during the winter, combining all the best of what winter Norway has to offer.

This legendary tour will see you travel along Norway’s spectacular scenery, with the chance to see breathtaking fjords, stunning mountain ranges, and much more. Along the way, you’ll ride one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys on the famous Flåm Railway. The trip can be customized so you get to pick exactly what you’d love to see and do during your time in Norway – a wide range of experiences are just waiting to be discovered!

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For most visitors to Norway, taking part in a fjord tour is at the top of the wish list, and our tour of course includes plenty of opportunities for this! While the fjords are equally beautiful all year round, there’s something unique about the view of the fjords in the magical winter wonderland that is Norway at wintertime. Seeing the stunning Norwegian fjords in the winter is truly a sight to behold, and our tour will see you experience the UNESCO's World Heritage Site Nærøyfjorden as well as the picturesque Aurlandsfjord on an electric fjord cruise.

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Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik/Flåm AS

Visitors to Norway usually spend a few days exploring Oslo, and you can certainly involve a visit to Norway’s capital city. The wintertime in Oslo is magical, with snow-covered landscapes in the many ski trails just outside the city. In the city center, there usually won’t be much snow which means it’s easy to get around to visit the many interesting museums, galleries, and charming Christmas markets Oslo has to offer.

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For those who love to ski, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Norway – and our tour includes a stop in beautiful Voss, known for its plentiful skiing options. Located between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord, Voss is a fantastic skiing destination for beginners, pros, and families. In Voss, skiing opportunities abound, with Voss Resort being one of the largest ski resorts in Western Norway. The popular Voss skiing resort caters to everyone, newbies and seasoned pros alike, with plenty of kid-friendly activities and trails.

There’s no doubt that winter is a fantastic time to visit Norway and to experience the best of winter activities in this stunning Nordic winter landscape. We look forward to seeing you this winter on our Norway in a Nutshell® winter tour!

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