FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING NORWAY IN APRIL
Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Norway in April, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Is April a good time to visit Norway? Definitely! What can you visit during this time of year? Read below to find out all the details from our local travel experts.
What are the best things to do in Norway in April?
In the spring, Norway is starting to wake up from a dark winter. In Southern Norway, you may encounter warmer weather allowing you to go for walks and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. In the north, the winter stays a bit longer, so you could admire snowy peaks.
As part of the shoulder season, April offers plenty of activities that straddle winter and summer, but with smaller crowds. It’s an ideal time to admire the sights from a train window and to cruise along fjords. Or experience the winter wonderland that is Svalbard. The choice is yours.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Norway in April:
Good to know: The Norwegian experts at Nordic Visitor will make sure your itinerary is tailored to your taste. Add excursions like fjord cruises or snowmobiling to your tour or even shore excursions as you cruise Norway in April. You could visit charming Ålesund and the Lofoten islands.
Your dedicated travel consultant will book all your public transportation, such as train tickets and boat trips, before you arrive. Plus, you’ll get all the signature Nordic Visitor benefits. These include access to our 24/7 helpline, a detailed personal itinerary, helpful travel guide and daily breakfast.
What are the best places to visit in Norway in April?
To see the best of Norway in April, travel to these amazing locations:
What is the weather like in Norway in April?
Spring in Norway brings warmer weather as the country inches toward summer. That said, in April you can expect more unpredictable weather than usual. It may be cool and sunny, or you may experience a late snowfall. The nights, though getting shorter, are still cold and dark.
What is the temperature in April?
In Norway in April, the average temperature is 8°C (46°F). But as the country spans such a large distance, temperatures in Norway vary depending on location.
In Oslo, Bergen, and Stavanger, the average temperature is 6°C (43°F) in April. In Longyearbyen, the main town of Svalbard, it is -9°C (16°F).
Does it snow in Norway in April?
In Oslo and on the west coast, it is unlikely to snow in April, but you may be surprised by some late precipitation depending on the weather.
However, in the mountains, people are still flocking to the ski resorts. And in Northern Norway and Svalbard, you may be able to take part in some winter activities.
What are the driving conditions in Norway in April?
Driving in Norway in early spring is likely to be different than what you’re used to back home. Mountains may still have some snow and icy conditions and some roads will still be closed.
This is why we recommend summer road trips to Norway instead. Between May and September, you could also join a small guided group tour, go hiking and experience the midnight sun. Southern Norway is especially beautiful at this time of year!
What to pack for a trip to Norway in April?
In April the weather is starting to lighten up, but you can still expect wind and rain as well as cooler temperatures. For that reason, it’s best to pack many layers. That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Norway trip in April:
Wind and waterproof jacket
Variety of thin layers
Sturdy walking or hiking boots
A warm hat, gloves and scarves
Thermal socks and underwear
If your tour includes activities like dog sledding or snowmobiling you may also wish to bring glove liners, a balaclava and maybe even warmer heat packs. Some excursions will provide thermal suits for your protection, but make sure to check details before departing on your adventure.
What to wear in Norway in April?
In the Nordic countries, they have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
When travelling to Norway in April, you can expect a range of weather, from rain to sunshine, and high winds. To enjoy all your outdoor activities, come prepared with warm underlayers and waterproof outer layers.
What are the daylight hours in Norway in April?
As April is the start of spring, the days are growing longer. This is especially true in the north, which slowly edges towards the midnight sun phenomenon (when the sun does not set at all).
At the beginning of the month, in Oslo, the sun rises around 6:40 AM and sets by 8:00 PM. In the north, Tromsø experiences daylight between 5:45 AM and 7:50 PM on average.
By the end of the month, the capital sees daylight hours between 5:15 AM and 9:15 PM. In Tromsø, sunrise is at 3:20 AM and sunset at 10:10 PM.
Can I see the northern lights in Norway in April?
As there is still some darkness late at night in April, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. However, it is unlikely.
You’ll need the darker nights of winter for the best sightings. Therefore you should travel to Norway between the months of October and March for a specific aurora tour.
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