Check out the best seasons for the Nordic countries

Check out the best seasons for the Nordic countries

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When to visit Nordic Countries

The weather in the Nordic countries varies much depending on the seasons.


SWEDEN

Summer runs from June to August and spring from March to May.

It is a good idea to travel to Sweden in June if you want to experience outdoor events like Midsummer's Eve, and other activities, The weather is quite warm,  and you have long hours of daylight. In the northern part of the Nordic region you find a special natural phenomenon called the Midnight Sun, and here the sun is not going down under the horizon.

Also, May and July are great alternatives. It can be rainy in May and June, but July is warmer and is drier. July and August can also be slightly more expensive than in the earlier summer months, so June is still your best bet, as far as when to go to Sweden.

If you're a budget traveller trying to decide when to go to Sweden, it is highly recommended late August and September. The flights to Sweden will be cheaper than during the high season, along with local hotel prices, and during that time, the weather in Sweden is still mild enough for outdoor attractions, although some sights begin to close during September.

In the winter months, Sweden is a great country to visit if you want to go skiing and discover the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland. 


Norway

Most travellers go to Norway in the spring and the summer, especially in June, July and August.

That's the time of the Midnight Sun, so you'll get very long days in southern Norway or even sunshine around the clock in northern Norway, and there are many things to do and places to go in Norway.

The months of June and July are also the time for Norway's highest tourism levels, so while all sights and attractions will be open, you will see some tourist crowds.

So when should you go to Norway if you want to avoid the high travel season? May and September are wonderful alternatives of when to go to Norway and get lower rates - and the weather in Norway will still be mild enough for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

For travellers, the quietest and likely the cheapest month in Norway is October. The summer is over, but the ski season hasn't started yet. October can be cold, and many outdoor attractions have begun to close, though.


Finland

The months from May through September offer the mildest weather and the highest travel volume.

Especially early summer - May and June are pleasant in Finland. When you pick when to go to Finland, keep in mind that the Finnish summer holidays are in July, which equals higher prices, some business closures, and reservations. After that, August and September have more annual rainfall.

In June The weather in Finland will be warm, outdoor activities and events are commonplace, and you can witness the Midnight Sun.

At the other end of the spectrum are the winter travellers. When to go to Finland in the winter months depends on the kind of activities you like to do. If you want to see the Northern Lights, aim for December. It's a pricey time of year, but Christmas in Finland with all the snow and the local events is a great experience. Don't forget to visit Rovaniemi, the Santa Claus Village in Lapland.

As a winter sports enthusiast, when to go to Finland is not an issue. You will find many flexible choices between January through March, the coldest months in Finland.

Denmark

You can visit Denmark in any of the four seasons, but many tourists visit the country in the spring and the summer.

Especially from May, where the days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer, and there are lots of outdoor things to do, and all you'll need is a light jacket. In case June isn't an option, July, August and September are good alternatives as well because the weather is still good and it is not so rainy.

There are lots of outdoor events in Denmark during those months. However, the summer months of July and August are also the time of year in Denmark when you experience the most tourist crowds. can.

The country is also perfect for a biking holiday because of the temperatures and the infrastructure.

If you want to go to Denmark to avoid the high travel season, May and September can be viable alternatives when to go to Denmark, and the weather is still mild enough for outdoor activities.

Before May and after September is the lower travel time of the year in Denmark, and prices of flights to Denmark as well as local hotels are cheaper. While there aren't too many outdoor things to do, this answers a budget traveller's question of when to go to Denmark.

Iceland

The best time to go to Iceland is the warmest months June, July, and August. 

The Spring is with plenty of unpredictable weather, but spring can nonetheless be a delightful time to visit Iceland. The country begins to bloom literally and the emergence from the long winter and brighter, longer days puts locals into an upbeat mood.

Summer in Iceland is peak season. Use Reykjavík as the base for explorations or stay in one of many locations around the countryside.
Summer is very pleasant, and the sun barely sets, a natural phenomenon called the Midnight Sun. You'll have the least chance of rain during June, and the weather in Iceland stays mild until late August. Come mid-September, though, almost all of the summer activities will be closed until May of the following year.

The colder part of the year is also the time when flight prices to Iceland fall drastically and suddenly the local hotels cut their prices in more than half. Budget travellers wondering when to go to Iceland should aim for February or March. They have more daylight than the earlier winter months.

Greenland

Greenland falls within the Arctic Circle, which means that their winter is beyond what most of you are used to- unless of course, you reside in Alaska or Northern Canada. There are places that, when in Polar darkness, don’t see the sun for three months. This necessarily means that no light reaches there in the Arctic region in Greenland. No one enjoys as much sunlight during the summer as Greenland. Even though the summer is exactly hot, per se, it’s enough to give you a passable tan on your face. Greenland shares its season cycle with the Arctic.

In Greenland, there are two weather cycles, and summer and winter are so different from each other that your experience will vary greatly, in combination with the season when you visit Greenland. The travel season up here is spread over the summer, winter, and spring. Another important thing can be you have to consider the purposes of your visit. Do you go to Greenland to see the Northern Lights and want to try your hand at dog-sledging, October-March is the time for you.

The high season is between May and September, because that’s when the winter ice starts to melt, which gives a lot of exciting options like skiing, boating rides, and trips to see the glacier, view some extraordinary polar wildlife like whale watching and experience the midnight sun. The amazing Midnight Sun can be explored during the Arctic summer time. To be part of a 24-hour Midnight Sun experience here in the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world is an unforgettable thing.

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