Seasons in Northern Norway
“In Northern Norway, you might experience all four seasons in one day,” people often say. And actually, that’s not far from the truth. The weather during all seasons may change quickly and unpredictably, particularly along the coast. It’s best to be prepared with adequate clothes and gear, especially during the winter months.
Four seasons is the norm, though, and the native Sámi count 8 annual seasons that are traditionally connected with the natural migration of their reindeer and the tasks of the reindeer herders: Spring-summer (May and June), summer (June through August), fall-summer (August and September), fall (October and November), fall-winter (November and December), winter (December through February), spring-winter (February and March), spring (April and May).
In Northern Norway, the spring occurs earlier along the coast and in the southern part of the region than in the inland, in alpine areas and on the plateaus. As a rule, however, the spring is short and a long winter could easily just turn into a sudden summer. If spring does happen, it often fades seamlessly into summer without any significant or notable difference. Summer can also be quite short.
Despite the somewhat unpredictable start and length of the seasons in Northern Norway, one thing is always predictable: the sun, or lack thereof. In November/December (depending on how far north you are) the sun disappears under the horizon for approximately 2 months. This is called the dark time (or mørketid, in Norwegian). The sun returns again in January and from then onward, the sun stays above the horizon a little longer each day until late May/June when it is high enough in the sky that it never sinks below the horizon. This phenomenon is called the Midnight Sun. On the summer solstice in June, this solar trend reverses and the days begin getting shorter again, starting the cycle over.
This is the North - an area of incredibly unique contrasts and variation.
You can read more about weather and seasons in Northern Norway here.
You can read about the Arctic Light at all seasons in Northern Norway here.