Norway in September: Weather, Tips and More
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A trip to Norway in September sees long daylight hours and relatively warm temperatures, even though summer has given way to fall. The high season has just ended and most of the crowds have dispersed. So take this time to explore Norway’s most popular destinations. Explore fjords, hit the beaches, go hiking, or amble around Norway’s well-loved cities like Oslo, Tromso, and Trondheim. Bergen’s renowned annual food festival also happens this month, an excellent treat for foodies.
Norway Weather in September
As summer transitions into fall, the weather in Norway in September sees the mercury dipping with higher precipitation than usual. In the south, the average September temperature during the day is 15°C. The mercury hovers around 10°C at night. While the rain and wind are fairly common, you will still encounter plenty of clear blue skies and sunny days.
Find out the best time to visit Norway in our seasonal overview.
Weather in Norway in September - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||1||2||6||9||16||20||22||20||16||10||4||-1|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||-7||-7||-3||1||7||11||13||12||7||4||-1||-5|
|Avg Daily (°F)||33.8||35.6||42.8||48.2||60.8||68||71.6||68||60.8||50||39.2||30.2|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||19.4||19.4||26.6||33.8||44.6||51.8||55.4||53.6||44.6||39.2||30.2||23|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||50||40||60||40||50||80||70||90||70||90||70||50|
Why Visit Norway in September
There are plenty of attractions to see and things to do in Norway in September, regardless of the low season and unpredictable weather conditions. Here are some reasons why visiting Norway this month is a good idea.
- Longer days: If you are looking for longer days to fit in as many tours and activities in your itinerary, then visit Norway in September. The first half of the month, before the start of the autumn equinox, is particularly ideal as you can enjoy at least 12 hours of sunlight.
- Foodies rejoice: Bergen’s annual food festival takes place this month. Enjoy the delicious dishes from Bergen’s best restaurants, learn about the seasonal ingredients and participate in pop-up BBQ activities with local food producers and talented chefs.
- Low crowds: As the high season comes to a close, Norway in September sees fewer crowds. Take advantage of the low footfall of visitors at the otherwise tourist-heavy destinations like the Lofoten Islands, Pulpit Rock, Tromso, Bergen, and The Geirangerfjord.
- Bargain rates: September is an excellent month for budget travelers looking to explore Norway. This is an excellent time to take advantage of the off-season deals and discounts on travel and hotel fares.
- Magical Northern Lights: The month of September still sees plenty of solar activity over Norway offering travelers the chance to view the northern lights, Head to Tromso, Kirkenes, The Lofoten Islands, or Svalbard to witness this beautiful spectacle.
Where to go and what to do
With fewer crowds in popular destinations, you will find plenty of things to do in Norway in September. Base yourself in the country’s capital, Oslo, to enjoy its many cultural and gastronomic offerings. The city has many museums and swanky restaurants. Visit the exquisite village of Flam and make it a point of riding the Flam Railway, dubbed by Lonely Planet as the “best train journey in the world”, for stunning views of mountains, agricultural landscapes, blue rivers, and farms. Next is Bergen, a World Heritage City, where you can explore some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords, visit cultural sites, hike one of the seven mountains, or hit the fish market for delicious seafood.
September is a great time to explore the best places in Norway before snow falls. Head to Central Norway and explore its spectacular national parks, go on treks to the Troll’s Tongue or Pulpit Rock, or head further north to explore the stunning Lofoten Islands.
For more information, read our travel article on how many days to spend in Norway.
With fewer crowds, lower air and hotel fares, and longer days, September is a great time to visit Norway, even though the month does not always guarantee clear skies. The low season is particularly perfect for budget travelers to visit the Arctic Circle to see the northern light, explore breathtaking fjords, and explore the country’s history and culture.
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