Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Norway in May 2015

DAY 1

After two and a half hours, we landed in Oslo. It was 7 degrees above zero, sunny, but with some clouds. We took our rental car – instead of an old Volkswagen we booked, we got practically new Suzuki SX-4! My girlfriend, who was the driver, was excited. 
    
Norway in May 2015

We set off to Road E6, the mood was high. The road was quite empty, as it was still a low season. Many motels and campings stood half-empty. We arrived on Saturday, and the villages we were passing by seemed a bit post-apocalyptic – neat houses, shops, lawns – and not a soul. 

Closer to big towns, traffic became heavier. We never exceeded 80 km, however it obviously irritated local drivers who tried to pass us by at any option. 

When the sun set it became considerably colder. We stopped at a camping not far from Dombas. At that time in Norway, it was getting dark late, and we used to walk in the evening if the weather allowed. 

DAY 2

Next morning we woke up early. Crystal-clear sky, bright sun, vapor and crusty ice on puddles. We had breakfast and headed to Kristiansund. We admired mountains in snow hats. The landscape was gradually changing: scarce greenery disappeared, trees turned to dwarves, and the snow-cover from peaks crawled to the road. We felt the breath of winter. I saw frozen waterfalls for the first time in my life. But when the road went down, it became warm again. During the whole trip we never put on our winter coats!

Norway, frozen waterfall

In Norway, you can often see a road sign with a conifer tree – it means that there you can stop, sit at the table, go to the toilet, read information about the place and just look around. 

Our first major sight was Åmotan waterfall. Actually, there were three waterfalls (Svøufallet, Reppfallet and Linndalsfallet), and we could see two first ones simultaneously.

Our next target was Eikesdalen. We were supposed to see Mardalsfossen there, but at that time there was only another snow hat. However, the valley was truly beautiful. We made a short stop at Eikesdalsvatnet Lake and continued our way to Kristiansund by Road 666. 

Kristiansund is a seaport town on the Atlantic coast of Norway with population of just 22.5 thousand. We crossed an impressive bridge to one of the islands where we stopped in a pretty costly hotel. 

DAY 3 

The next morning was nice, Kristiansund – picturesque, and breakfast – substantial. That day we planned to cover “just” 200 km along the Atlantic Road. We paid for the entrance to the Atlantic tunnel NOK 130 per car with a passenger. 

Kristiansund, Norway

We were astonished by the view on the other side of the tunnel: stones covered with moss, waves of the ocean, deep-blue sky with ornaments of clouds, and snow hats far on the horizon. 

Bridges along the road were fantastic – we drove them past several times to see everything from different angles. The view really worth it! When we got tired to admire any more, we moved to Bud, and got to our first ferry at Molde. 

Alesund Norway

Then we went to Ålesund. It was unbelievably beautiful with all its islands and Art Nouveau architecture. Our hotel was picturesquely situated on the quay. We decided to go up to the Aksla viewpoint. The main stairs there were closed, but we found a side-path. Although we did not reach the viewpoint itself, we saw plenty of panoramic views. It started to rain heavily, so we ran down to the hotel. 

DAY 4 

Initially we planned to spend two days in Ålesund, but in Kristiansund we decided to go to Geiranger instead. In this time of year, there were two ways to get there: by a ferry that was expensive and by Road 63 from the North (as it was still closed in the South). 

We left Ålesund the afternoon and soon got by the Eagle Road up to the Ørnesvingenview point. The Geirangerfjord was fantastic, and we were the only travelers there! 

NorwayNorway in May 2015

We stopped in a farmer’s house next to Flydalsjuvet. Afterwards, we decided to walk around and found the Queen's Chair. When the rain started we turned back home, checked the schedule of a ferry to Hellesylt (at 8 and 11 am) and spent the evening in the kitchen, drinking tea and looking to the fjord through the windows. 

DAY 5 

The weather was great next day. We left Geiranger by the Eagle Road and repeated our yesterday’s route back to the ferry. Then we took Road 63 and headed through Valldal for closed Trollstigen. It was green down, and we could not believe that somewhere near the road was closed because of the snow. 

On the way, we found Gudbrandsjuvet. We missed the spot when were planning the trip – and it was great that we got there. It was a system of whirlpools with a 20-meter waterfall. We saw a rainbow in the spray of drops. 

Gudbrandsjuvet viewing platform

We continued our way up to the mountains. First, the snow crawled to the road, then got thicker, knee-deep, and by the moment we reached the barrier it was already up to the waist. We took some photos, turned back and set off to the South. 

Closer to the evening we reached our next destination – Bøyabreen. It is a beautiful glacier with snowbanks higher than my height and constant micro-snow-slides from the nearby rocks. 

Bøyabreen glacier, Norway

In a couple of hours, we reached a cute white family hotel Fjærland Fjordstue on the fjord bank. We left out things there and went for a walk. We found a tourist route leading up through the forest. Quite soon it was hidden by the brushwood. I tried to pass it by through the snow, but the path disappeared, and we decided to go back, especially because the climb was sometimes hard, and going down is usually even more difficult. 

In the evening, I tried local beer Fjærlands01. It was really good, even better than in Germany! I was sitting in a 80s-style armchair, looking through the window at another Norway fjord in the dusk – and realized that it was happiness. 

DAY 6 

It was a rainy morning. We were the only ones who had breakfast in our hotel. We did not want to leave it, but Preikestolen waited! We decided to go through Flåm. It was still raining, and we did not even visit the Glacier Museum although passed it by twice. 

That day we went through a record number of tunnels, including the famous Lærdalstunnelen – the longest tunnel in the world which length is 24.5 km. 

Norway in May 2015

We nearly missed Flåm. I realized it only by the next tunnel when my girlfriend asked how far was it to the town. We had to turn and drive back. We took a short walk along the quay, and then we drove to a small farm Otternes. It had about twenty cozy houses, sheep in enclosure and a great view to Flåm. Local people were very friendly, actually as usual in Norway. 

After that we went further to the South, dived through another tunnel and took Road Е16. We saw multiple waterfalls, but specially stopped at the waterfalls at Stalheim. The point offered fantastic views to the valleys. The serpentine road down went along one of the waterfalls, so we could observe it from different angles. 

Afterwards there was a long way by Е16. We stopped at Latefoss. It was raining quite heavily from the side of the waterfall, but the place was awesome. We were impressed by the gloomy weather, rain and the roar of water. 

Latefoss, Norway

It was around 9 pm and we stopped at a hotel next to the furcation of Roads 134 and 13. 

DAY 7 

That day we planned to get to Preikestolen. In the morning, we observed true mountain weather: during breakfast it was snow, sun and rain. On the way back, we missed the furcation of Roads 134 and 13 twice. Finally, we got to the road and started our way down. The snow was falling beautifully in almost still air. Soon we reached another waterfall – Fosefall. 

We decided to take “small and picturesque” Road Fv632 and soon got to the ferry Nesvik – Hjelmeland. We parked a car (NOK 100) and started the climb. Preikestolen, or Preacher's Pulpit, is a rock 604 meters high above the Lysefjord with a flat square top ~25х25 meters. The view from it is outstanding. The actual length with all ups/downs is around 5 km. 

Pulpit Rock, Norway

When we arrived, it was cloudy, but with the sun. The route (we chose the major one) was not that difficult, and is feasible without special physical preparation. Well, I love mountains and I got many positive emotions. The path was safe. People (I counted around 30 at the top) were friendly and helpful. It was possible to climb above the Pulpit, but our running shoes were not good enough for the snow. The entire event (go up and down plus sightseeing at the top) took us around four hours. 

Our time in Norway was running out. Our next destination was Oslo. We took Road 13, turned to Е39, stopped for a night at a motel next to the Tregde village. 

DAY 8 

Our last day in Norway was as intense as the first one. In 5.5 hours and one gas station, we were in Oslo. We got in the city from the side of Vigelands Park and decided to walk there a bit. 

Vigeland park Norway

After that, we checked in the hotel. It was raining, and the mood was low. I went to the nearby shop to buy some snacks for the next day. The evening was quiet. 

DAY 9 

At 9 am, we started our way to the airport. It was quite hard to navigate in Oslo, and the GPS- was really helpful. However, we had plenty of time, and driving around the city was fun. We returned the car and proceeded to the airport. Our wonderful holiday in Norway finished! 

Norwegian flag

Some expenses

Fuel: NOK 1730 per ~2300 km
Roads: Toll roads – NOK 624; Ferries and roads paid “on site” – NOK 900; Parkings – NOK 100. Hotels – NOK 7600. 


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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Ålesund: the Norwegian Venice

Ålesund enchants you from the first minutes you get into the town. Fresh sea air, picturesque architecture and memorable silvery roofs add bright colors to the town’s landscape.  

Alesund, More og Romsdal, Norway

Many Norwegians consider Ålesund the most beautiful town of Norway and call it “the Norwegian Venice”. 

LOCATION 

Ålesund is situated in the western part of Norway, in Møre og Romsdal county, between majestic Hjørundfjord and fabulous Geirangerfjord

Norway, Alesund, landscape with fjord

It is located on the archipelago, with housing estates, administrative and industrial buildings standing on several islands. 

WEATHER 

Ålesund is characterized by a temperate maritime climate softened by the Gulfstream. Even in January, the temperature seldom goes down below zero. It may snow but not as abundantly as in the Northern Norway. The lowest temperature recorded in the town is –11 degrees Celsius. Summers are quite moderate; however, the temperature is usually higher +20 degrees Celsius. Rains are short and quite rare. 

ARCHITECTURE 

Ålesund is famous for its extraordinary architecture. Almost all buildings are designed in the Art Nouveau style. In January 1904, the fire destroyed all wooden buildings in the town. Thus, thousands of people found themselves without shelter (and only one died). Young architects who were in charge of rebuilding the town created the new look of Ålesund in the accordance with a fashionable for the beginning of the 20th century Art Nouveau style. 


The majority of the town are stone neo-Classical and neo-Gothic buildings, with multiple towers, coats of arms and simple but original bas-reliefs. 

EXCURSIONS 

Join the Town Train on a guided tour throughout Ålesund's town center. The trip starts at Dronning Sonjasplass (Queen Sonja's square) and goes alongside the city strait. It passes Arbeideren (The Worker) which is the old community house in Ålesund, and the Countyhall. The tour continues into Borgundveien, the longest street in the town. Further, it drives alongside the Borgund Fjord and climbs Fjellstua. You will see the mountain range (Sunnmørsalpene) and you will get a clear view of the open sea. 

Alesund, Sunnmore, More og Romsdal, Norway

Atlantic Sea Park is a real symbol of the town. There you can observe underwater world of Norway as well as see penguins and other animals! 

CUISINE 

Like other Norwegian towns, Ålesund has rich seafood traditions and offers multiple restaurants. Pay special attention to Hummer&Kanari situated at a pedestrian street Kongensgt, as well as to a specialized fish restaurant XL Dinner that combines wonderful savors with fantastic view to the bay. 

Velkommen til Fjellstua

Aksla viewpoint hosts a small and cozy café Fjellstua, from where you can observe a picturesque town landscape. 


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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

July Heat in Norway

DAY 1. 

We landed at Gardermoen and went to the exchange. However, several hundreds of kronas would be enough as we could pay with a card everywhere. 

Trip review, Norway

At 14.30, we started our journey. The roads were great, signs visible, tunnels very modern. However, we were puzzled by the “discipline” of the local drivers: we did not exceed the speed, and were not outrun only by other tourists on rented cars! 

We planned to stop at Lillehammer, but Road Е6 was under construction from Minnesund to Hamar, so we saw the famous Olympic ski-jump only through the car window. 

Lysgardsbakkene Ski-jump

By 19.00, we got to our hotel – Sjoa Gjestehus & Vandrerhjem. It is situated in a cozy valley next to the rivers Sjoa and Gudbrandsdalslagen, popular among rafters. There you can even rent a raft and dry it afterwards next to the hotel. 

In the first day, we covered 243 km. 

DAY 2. 

Next morning was sunny. We had breakfast and started our journey at nine. We planned to take Е6 to Dombas, then Е136 and 63 to Stordal, and, if we had time (and we did) to visit Alessund. The road was beautiful. Somewhere at Hargheim we met our first waterfall! 

Stigfossen, Norway

Our next stop – Stigfossen. We got out of the car to touch these stones, that water – and to build our small pyramid! 

Next was the serpentine road. Well, it was quite ok, the only difficulty was to pass the buses at turns – all other was quite ordinary. 

Trollstigen, Stigfossen Bridge

We stopped at night at Stordal Camping. In the evening, we walked along Storfjorden, and even swam in the bay. The water was refreshing. We refreshed so much that decided to go to Alessund. We reached the town around 6 pm, walked along the quay and around the town. 

DAY 3 

We had to wake up at 5.30. That day we planned to take a 15-minutes ride by a ferry to Stranda as well as a tourist ferry to Geiranger. I booked the tickets in advance at Fjord1

We got to Geiranger, parked, walked along the quay, bought famous chocolate and some souvenirs, and ate ice cream. We also visited both viewpoints. Beautiful! 

Landscape, Norway

We took Road 63 and moved forward. The weather was fantastic – +32! At the height of 1000 meters, we found ourselves in a magical valley surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Now each time when I hear the word “Norway” I remember these streams and moss-covered stones with white hats of flowers. 

We decided to skip Dalsnibba because too many tourist buses were heading there. Instead, we swam in a nearby lake. The water was freezing! Little kids were splashing and having fun, and we, two adults, tried to get out of the water with dignity but as soon as possible! 

Our next point was Кjenndalsbreen Glacier. The road led along the lakes, through the tunnels and serpentines. It was not at all boring! 

Kjenndalsbreen, Norway

We stopped at the town of Fosnes where got a free of charge map of the Stryn Kommune at the tourist center. The road along Lovatnet Lake was impressive and extreme – one way, with many “blind” turns and “pockets” to pass by. The road turned into the gravel at the end of which there was a parking. 

We went to the glacier. Tennis boots (at least) and a parka were a must because of the wind. We admired two waterfalls and a blue (it was really blue, even without the sun) glacier! After that, we went to Viksdalen, to Hov Hittegrend camping. 

For the previous two days, we made 667 km. 

DAY 4 

In the morning, I was woken up by a thunderstorm. But rains in Norway is a norm. After breakfast, despite the rain we went to the nearby waterfall Likholefossen. I think I would have spent there more time – if we had time. 

That day we planned to reach Lærdal, than the Snow Road to Flåm and Gudvangen Camping

In order to get to Lærdal we went down Road 13 to Dragsvik, took a ferry to Hella, and another ferry to Fodnes. 

Stegastein Viewpoint, Norway

Due to a “traffic jam” – a queue to the ferry to Fodnes, we reached the Snow Road only at 17.00, and had no time to stop at Flåm and Gudvangen. Certainly, we stopped at Stegastein viewpoint anyway. Scary but breathtakingly beautiful! Finally, we reached the camping.

That day we covered 192 km. 

DAY 5 

Trolltunga. The climb was hard, but the mood was high. I did not thing about how difficult it was for me or that I was panting like a train. I thought that my husband and I still wanted to do this at our age. Holidays at a spa or on the beach would not be that exciting! 

We left the camping at 6.15 and stopped at Tvindefossen – not a soul at 7 am! 

Due to roadworks, we arrived at the parking at 9.30, and started only at 10. The climbing was hard, however the second part of the way (after the optimistic sign “only 10 km left”) was much easier. But the third part was again difficult, and we made a 20-minute stop and ate some snacks that we took with us. 

Trolltunga, Norway

Another effort – and we see a queue of tourists who wanted to take photos at the Tongue. We were so tired that decided to rest a bit and eat. When we felt full and life became bright again, the queue vanished and we went to the Tongue. How beautiful it was! After about 40 minutes, we started our way back. Soon the rain started, it was windy, so we rushed down. The road was difficult because of the slosh, slippery stones and streams of water. I started to freeze. 

The way down took us about an hour and a half. We went to Trolltunga Hotel at Odda, and reached it only at 1 am. 

That day we drove 137 km and walked 25 km. 

DAY 6 

The day of relaxation. We woke up later than usual, had breakfast and drove to Wathne Camping – closer to the Preacher’s Pulpit. We took Road 13 – the road of waterfalls, including, of course, grandiose Latefossen. 

Norway, Lofthus, Sorfjorden

We had nothing to do and started to count the tunnels we were passing through. Thirty one tunnel per 194 km! 

We arrived at camping around 15.00. We were thinking where to go after dinner, but a thunderstorm started. So, we had a wonderful evening inside. 

DAY 7 

The day of Preacher’s Pulpit. We left the camping at 10.00. It was a nightmare to find a place at the parking – thankfully, the volunteers helped us. We started our climb at 11 am. I thought that Trolltunga attracted many people, but there the stream was larger, including babies and even small dogs! 

Preikestolen, crowd

After Trolltunga Preikestolen is considered a child’s play, but I disagree! The road is better and more convenient, however there are really sharp parts, constant ups and downs. Closer to the Pulpit the path splits in two parts – to the right, up to the mountain and then down to the Pulpit. And to the left – along the rupture. We chose the second one – and it was scary! Six hundred meters high without any protection enclosure and crowds of people! Even the euphoria did not help. 

At 16.30, we returned to the parking and started our way to Mandal. 

That day we covered 194 km. 

DAY 8 

Mandal is the southernmost point of Norway, and (after fjords and waterfalls) is not that interesting. Its population approximates to 15 000 people, and it offers sandy beaches and pines. 

Sellies Mandal in Norway

We stopped at Hald Pensjonat that we would not recommend. The weather was cloudy and rainy, so instead of going to the beach we decided to drive directly to Oslo. We started with Е18, but it was not at all interesting, so we told GPS to “avoid toll roads” and were driving smaller but much more picturesque ones. 

Around 15.00 we reached Oslo and stopped at Anker Apartment. It took around 40 minutes on foot from the hostel to the city center. The Cathedral impressed us. As well as the Opera. 

DAY 9 

Our last day in Norway. We visited the Museum Island – Frammuseet and the Kon-Tiki Museum. We liked both pretty much. 

Vigeland installation, Oslo

We went to Frogner Park with the world famous Vigeland installation. The park itself was very luxurious with all these rose gardens, lawns, flowerbeds and fountains! 

After a small picnic, we went to the Royal Palace, walked around the city center up to the Parliament. 

We returned through the Park and started our way back to the airport. 

Oslo airport

Note: We booked all campings in advance at Booking.com, bought ferry tickets Hellesylt-Geiranger and rented a car. We made about 2100 km in total and spent approximately 100 liters of fuel. Our car had an Autopass system – it was very convenient that we could drive the toll roads without thinking where to pay. 


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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Five Reasons to Visit the Lofotens

During the travel around the Lofontens, it sometimes seems that you are on a postcard – the surrounding scenery is so spectacular that you cannot believe that it is real! 

Trollfjord, Lofotens

Certainly, there are many more than five reasons to visit this fantastic point of unspoiled nature and breathtaking landscapes! 

1. TO WIN SVOLVÆRGEITA 

Svolværgeita, Norway

Svolværgeita is a 150-meter tall pinnacle at the southwest face of Fløyfjellet on the island of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago. The 569-metre high Fløyfjellet is located on the edge of the town of Svolvær. Dominating the surrounding scenery, Svolværgeita is legitimately one of the major sights of the Lofotens. 

2. SURF AT UNSTAD BEACH 

Norway, Lofoten

Small Unstad Beach is situated on the northern part of the Vestvågøy island. In recent years, it became a favorite point for both experienced and new surfers. Here mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean create unspeakable harmony with a fantastic surrounding scenery. If you do not like surfing, take a walk from Unstad to Eggum Beach along picturesque passes. 

3. EXPERIENCE TROLLFJORD 

MSNordkapp Trollfjorden

If you are fond of kayaks, cruise or motor boats, enjoy the unbelievable nature of the Trollfjord! The Trollfjord is a 2 km long sidearm between the Norwegian archipelagos of Lofoten and Vesterålen. With its narrow entrance and steep-sided mountains, Trollfjord cuts westwards from the Raftsundet strait. The name is derived from troll, an important figure from Norse mythology. 

4. GO TO THE BEACH 

Ramberg beach, Norway

If you find 10-12 degrees as an appropriate water temperature, then you will be definitely delighted by numerous sandy beaches of the Lofotens: Haukland, Ramberg, Kvalvika, Delp, Rørvik, Kalle. 

5. ENJOY THE NATURE AND CULTURE 

The Lofotens offer so many beautiful routes! Moving from one part of the archipelago to another brings you unique experience because you can find different types of mountains and different landscapes on these five islands. 

Reine fishing village at dusk, Norway

Moreover, you can try local food: cheese, spices, bread. Or buy hand-made goods of local artisans: jewelry, woolen clothes, and glass. 

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Cycling in Norway: Go Green!

Miles of roads, difficult ascents and breath-taking slopes, snow-covered passes and blossoming valleys, deep-blue fjords and azure lakes – this is Norway seen by those who prefer bicycles to any other way of discovering this magnificent country! 

Fjord Norway

Norway is a most cyclist-friendly country where practically everyone ride a bike. However, it has its particularities that should be taken into account while planning your trip. 

WHEN 

Norwegian summer is short, with more favorable conditions for cycling in July and August. However, be ready for rains. For example, in Bergen it rains for the most part of the year. The weather is changeable – you can bathe on the coast at 22 grades Celsius and, having moved a bit farther, wander around snowy tundra and watch the reindeer. 

Reindeer, Norway

There are many bicycle rentals with multiple variants including family tours and travelling with little kids. Only in Oslo more than 100 rentals offer special outfit, equipment and map of the routes. 

If you take your own bike, find out the airline's rules. You will not face any problems with carrying a bicycle if you get to Norway by ferry. 

WHERE 

The most popular tourist destination is Fjord Norway. Here people come to see the "King of Fjords" – famous Sognefjord – as well as ride the most popular cycling route in the country – Rallarvegen (or The Navvy Road). It takes 4-5 hours to ride up the Skjeggedal to reach Trolltunga (Troll's tongue) – a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of the mountain. 

Syklist Rallarveg

The road to Preikestolen (Preacher’s Pulpit) is also hard. The peak is square and almost flat. You can enjoy fantastic view over the fjord. Preikestolen is one of the major sights in Norway. 

Oslo in Eastern Norway offers many bike paths and Jotunheimen National Park, the ideal place for lovers of extreme sports. Its territory includes Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Scandinavia. 

Olympic Lillehammer also offers many opportunities for tourists: a cycling route in Skeikampen, Hafjell Bike Park with downhill and mountain biking, as well as multiple country roads where you can stop for rest at local farms.

Cycling in Norway: Go Green!

Tourists of Central Norway visit Trondheim, the country's medieval capital. Here you can find a unique Trampe bicycle lift – the first, and only, bicycle lift in the world. When using it, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal). After pushing the start button, the user is pushed forward and a footplate emerges. A common mistake among tourists and other first-time users is that they do not keep their right leg outstretched and their body tilted forward. This makes it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off. 

In Northern Norway, you can ride a bike the whole day and night – thanks to the midnight sun. Ferries take tourists from Harstad to the picturesque Lofontens. 

Norway, Lofoten

Southern Norway, unlike other regions of the country, offers warm sea and a lot of sun. The majority of local routs suit even children. The most popular one goes along Telemark that gave a name to a ski technique. 

It could be exciting to visit the southernmost point of Norway where the Lindeness lighthouse stands, or ride around Mjøsa Lake, famous for an annual 250-km Mjøstråkk cycle race. 

GOOD TO KNOW 

The Norwegian law allows tourists to set a tent on any uncultivated land no closer than 150 meters to houses for the period of no more than two days. If you plan to stay longer, you will have to ask the permission of the owners. 


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Monday, 14 December 2015

The Сlimate of Norway

Norway is often regarded as a cold and snow-covered country. Partly this is true, because Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia. However, due to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents, Norway has a friendlier climate. 

Climate of Norway

The climate of Norway shows great variations. From its southernmost point, Lindesnes, to its northernmost, North Cape, there is a span of 13 degrees of latitude, or the same as from Lindesnes to the Mediterranean Sea. Northern Norway demonstrates the largest difference – it has midnight sun in the summer months and no sunshine at all during winter. 

WINTER 

Winter in Norway lasts from December to February. 

Reine fishing village at night with starry sky, Norway

In winter, many regions of Norway transform into a fairy-tale covered in snow. In the inner areas of Troms, Trøndelag and Eastern Norway, temperatures can reach below 40 degrees Celsius. Luckily, it does not happen every winter. The lowest temperature ever measured in Norway is -51.4 degrees Celsius, recorded on January 1, 1886, at Karasjok. 

Aurora Borealis over Blafjellelva RIver in Troms County, Norway

By contrast, the coastal areas have comparatively mild winters with rain and clouds. The highest temperature ever registered during winter, is +18.9 degrees Celsius in Sunndalsøra (Møre og Romsdal) in February. 

SPRING 

Spring in Norway lasts from March to May. A magnificent time when the nature wakes up from its winter sleep. The sun melts the snow and warms the land. 

Norway, Oslo, Sagene

However, the weather can change quickly, especially in the mountains. There may be days when it is snowing, and days when it is warm enough for sunbathing. Spring months can also be very windy. 

In this season, the temperature differences between the southern and northern part of the country are the largest. In early spring the coastal areas of Western Norway usually has the highest mean temperatures, but in May the highest temperatures are usually found in Eastern and Southern Norway. 

Spring in Norway

From May to June, trees and flowers are in blossom and melted water is swelling the waterfalls. Orchards of the Hardangerfjord are in full bloom making the scenery unbelievably beautiful. 

SUMMER 

Summer in Norway lasts from June to August. The weather is the warmest and the days are long.

Norway Summer

Temperatures in July and August can reach +25-30 degrees Celsius. The warmest and most stable weather usually occurs in the southern mountains, including the south coast between Mandal and Oslo. The highest maximum temperature is +35.6 degrees Celsius, recorded on June 20, 1970, at Nesbyen (Buskerud). 

Because of the midnight sun, Northern Norway can enjoy temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Sea temperatures can reach 18 degrees Celsius and higher, making swimming a popular pastime. 

Geiranger, Norway

However, the summer weather can be wet and changeable, especially in Fjord Norway, Trøndelag and Northern Norway. 

FALL 

Fall in Norway lasts from September to November. The landscape is painted in golden and red. The temperature drops slowly through September, making the weather ideal for berry and mushroom picking.

Norway, Autumn

The land areas lose more heat than the sea, and eventually the coastal areas have the highest temperatures, especially the Oslofjord and the coast of Rogaland and Hordaland. 


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Friday, 4 December 2015

Sea Fishing in Norway

Norway's wild and unspoiled coastline provides optimal conditions for sea fishing all year round.

Fishing boat on sea, Reine, Norway

During lazy summers within the Arctic Circle, you can enjoy fishing under the midnight sun. Winter also offers great opportunities with the annual World Championship in Cod Fishing in the Lofoten in March. 

SPECIES 

Norway, especially Northern Norway, is considered a "cod fishing capital of the world". 

Happy angler

However, local sea waters are abundant with many other species like black and silver flanked saithe, haddock and wolffish. Try to catch a halibut – the king amongst flatfish. In recent years, anglers manage to catch halibuts up to 100 kg! 

REGIONS 

In summer, explore the sea around Kristiansand – the number of fish species there is just beyond imagination! In winter, the hugest cod swim along the coasts of Finnmark and Troms. 

Fjordkysten is suitable for fishing all year round. Here you will find traditional villages where fishing is still the main income for the locals. Join a guided tour, and they will show you the best fishing spots. 

Man fishing in the fiord, Gratangen, Norway

Molde and Romsdal are famous for their variety of fish species and many good spots for angling. Here, you will find the Atlantic Road that allows easy access to many small and large islands. Fjords and inlets are well protected from winds, and you can go fishing there with relatively small boats all year round. 

Trøndelag, with its multiple islands and varied coastal scenery, offers ideal conditions for all anglers, regardless of their skill and experience. In addition, it is one of the best places in the world for salmon fishing. 

SAFETY AND EQUIPMENT 

In Norway, there are plenty charter skippers, but if you have enough experience, you may hire a boat. The weather in Norway is changeable, so regularly check the forecast and take local advice. Be prepared for the cold: temperatures in winter oscillate between 0 and – 8 degrees Celsius. 

Fishing-boats at dawn, Norway

If you are fishing with an experienced skipper on a licensed craft, you can rely on them to take the necessary precautions. Most boats are supplied with safety equipment. You will have a demonstration how to use it before fishing. 

As a minimum, you should have onboard: lifejackets for each passenger, spare fuel, two anchors (one spare with a chain and warp of adequate length), ample rope, oars or spare engine, compass, first aid box, VHF radio, lights and emergency flares. 

In Norway, most boat stations have permanent moorings alongside a dock but it is advisable to know how to land on a beach in an emergency. 

Fishing boat by dock, Reine, Norway

Before sailing inform someone ashore of your plans and approximate time of return and take clothing suitable for all possible conditions. 

Once at sea, keep everything tidy within the boat – it will help to avoid accidents. Do not stand up when the boat is moving. Use the radio regularly to listen to the weather forecast, especially if you are a long way out. Look out for the sea mist and for signs of bad weather and keep your anchor cable ready to slip in an emergency. 

REGULATIONS 

Cod, Norway
  • Foreign tourists are only permitted to use hand-held tackle for angling. 
  • Tourists are permitted to take up to 15 kg of fish or fish fillets and one (whole) trophy fish out of the country. This restriction does not apply for tourists who buy directly from commercial anglers. 
  • You must keep a distance of more than 100 meters from the closest fish farm when fishing. 
  • Foreign tourists are not permitted to sell their catch. 
  • Eel and spiny dogfish are preserved species in Norway. 
  • If an undersized fish is caught, it must be carefully freed from the fishing gear and released into the sea again. The exception is if the fish is dead or will obviously not survive. 

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