The best time of year to travel to northern Europe is June through August

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In fact, many of the roads in Norway are closed or otherwise inaccessible the rest of the year. The weather can be beautiful in the southern and urban areas.

In the northern parts of the country however, it can be very cold.

If you’re planning on traveling much farther north than Oslo, you will need a warm jacket, hat, gloves, etc.

Good to know before you travel

Passport and visa requirements On arrival in Norway, you must show a valid passport or other official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.

Travelling with pets. Norway is one of few European countries where rabies is not found, and every precaution is being taken to maintain this status.

Dogs, cats and ferrets from all EU countries must have pet passports, ID marking and valid rabies vaccination. Dogs must also be given approved tapeworm treatment, minimum 24 and maximum 120 hours before arrival.

Small rodents, cage birds and rabbits must have valid import permits issued by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

People NorwayWhat clothes should I pack? Whatever the season, the Norwegian weather is liable to change from day to day. So it is a good idea to bring a selection of items.

Your luggage should include some light clothes, items you can layer (that way you can add or remove layers depending on temperature), at least one warm jumper, waterproof coat and/or umbrella and comfortable walking shoes/boots/trainers.

If you go during the winter, you will need an overcoat, scarf, gloves and warm shoes/boots.

In autumn and spring, you may want to bring waterproof trousers and boots.

For the summer, lighten up, but remember that even summer evenings and nights can be chilly, particularly in the mountains.

Norwegian public holidays

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New Year’s Day 1 January 1 January 1 January
Palm Sunday 13 April 29 March 20 March
Maundy Thursday 17 April 2 April 24 March
Good Friday 18 April 3 April 25 March
Easter Sunday 20 April 5 April 27 March
Easter Monday 21 April 6 April 28 March
Labour Day 1 May 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May 5 May
Constitution Day 17 May 17 May 17 May
Whit Sunday 8 June 24 May 15 May
Whit Monday 9 June 25 May 16 May
Christmas Day 25 December 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December 26 December 26 December

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