In this post, I will try giving you the best idea of how it’s like to be in Norway during the summer. More precisely in Northern Norway, where I spent all my 27 summers.
At the beginning of May, it’s finally time to hang up the heavy winter jacket and embrace that the summer is just around the corner in Arctic Norway. The birds have returned from their winter holiday in Northern Africa and are now singing beautifully in the trees. Around the middle of May, you may suddenly find yourself outside wearing just a t-shirt and shorts in 20ºc weather.
The moment you brushed the dust of your grill and declare that summer has officially arrived, you can rely on the winter season’s final blizzard to show up. One day it can be 20º and the next -1ºc. Living in denial and quickly forgetting the worst days is vital when living at seventy degrees north.
When is it Summer in Northern Norway?
The summer season starts at the beginning of June when the vegetation has turned green. We no longer expect snowfall, although it can still happen if your unlucky (or lucky?). There will still be snow in the mountains above the treeline, so you might want to wait a few more weeks if you wish to go hiking in the Lyngen Alps.
In September the trees will once again shed their leaves and the nights will gradually get darker and colder. The days in September can still be warm and filled with sunshine, and if you are lucky you can experience the first evenings of northern lights in “t-shirt temperatures”.
From the 20th of May – 28th of July the sun won’t set, and we have 24 hours of daylight. Personally, it’s my favorite time of the year. In contrast to the polar night (2 months of almost no daylight), you will now charge up with energy. You might want to go for a short walk in the midnight sun before going to bed, as it will help you fall asleep.
Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø
Around the 20th of June, the midnight sun marathon kicks off in Tromsø. In 2019 it will be the 30th anniversary of the marathon, and the organizer might have something extra for this year’s celebration. Chose between running a 42, 21, 10, 4.2 or 0.8km. Both the start and the finish line is in the city center where a big crowd will be cheering for the runners. To sign up or find more information go to www.msm.no/en
At the peninsula Spåkenes, where Lyngen North is located, there are plenty of opportunities to go exploring on your own. A rich population of birds, elk, sea otters, foxes and more, make up the fauna at Spåkenes. There are no predatory animals like wolves or bears in the area, so you don’t have to be on alert while strolling around in the peaceful landscape.
For decades, fishers have come to the Lyngenfjord to spend a week or two during summer doing what they love most: Fishing. In the fjord, you will find cod, wolffish, halibut, pollock, rosefish and more. The North Atlantic is known among anglers, to host fish of monsterous sizes. The biggest halibut caught at Lyngen North was 108Kg.
Can you swim in the sea?
Anything is possible if you are brave enough. If we had a couple of days in a row with beautiful 30ºc weather, the shallow waters at Spåkenes could reach a comfortable swimming temperature.
Driving in Norway during Summer
Driving in Northern Norway during summer is no match for people from urban areas around the world. The traffic moves at a comfortable paste, and there won’t be any ice on the roads and people, in general, are very helpful if you run into any problems with your vehicle along the way.
The cars are following the right lane, so if you are from a left driving country like Australia, England, you will need to think everything is the opposite when driving in traffic. From what I’ve heard it takes a day to get used to it. As the steering wheel is on the left side, it will serve as a reminder of the opposite every time you enter the car.
For how to reach Lyngen North from Tromsø Airport by rental car, see our travel guide.
The unofficial date for switching from winter to summer tires in Northern Norway is 17th of May. Which also happens to be Norway’s constitution day.