However, due to the mountains in the south, the sun isn't visible during a period but since it does rise above the horizon it doesn't technically qualify as a Polar Night. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Norway has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia.The coldest areas in the winter are often inland or far to the north. And then, from mid-October to mid-February, the sun never rises at all. Oslo. But as a result, Scandinavians are familiar with the business of creating bearable winters for themselves, bringing small joys to where despair might typically occur. Today, it's time to explore more of Oslo. Steal their secrets for a happier winter. What did they do that we didn’t do?” And I think that often they miss the point of us being people that really, generally don’t like being around people that much. Either it's during summer or during winter, there's always something that attracts large amounts of visitors. Some of us try — especially the younger generation. We like to keep our distance from people. Norwegian road trips are common year-round. Norway winter is a magical time, full of fun things to do, fairytale views and dancing Northern Lights. In terms of daylight, this day is 12 hours, 56 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. That’s a peak level of coziness when you get to the cabin and you light the candles and play games and eat a lot of food. How dark it gets during this period will also depend on how close you are to the Poles. But I’m a full winter girl, so I kind of appreciate the dark. The temperatures can range from -25°C (-13°F) up to 8°C (46°F) in winter. That might be the hardest part. The Norwegian winter is the time of the darkness. You should visit Norway in the winter & here is why! Although winters in the south and along the coastal areas can be very mild and rainy. A Scandinavian local explains how to make it through winter, This story is part of a group of stories called, Sign up for the The cold, yet beautiful, light is quite breathtaking and it's not hard to understand why it's become so popular amongst photographers either. The leaves on the trees turn a beautiful golden colour, fall and disappear, … The further north you go, the longer the period will last. But for most of us, especially from 30 years and up, we only like being comfortable, and warm is more important than looking good. Just because the sun doesn't rise it doesn't mean that the world stops spinning. They’ve mastered and perfected the art of making winter less miserable. Autumn. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. Millions rely on Vox’s explainers to understand an increasingly chaotic world. I can barely deal with a week of cold rain, let alone months of frigid snow and darkness, so how do Scandinavians survive the winter without … When to expect sunrises, sunsets, northern lights and the midnight sun Norway is in the Central European Time Zone. If you’re going to survive winter either in Norway or anywhere else where it’s cold, that’s the thing to do. It’s important for us to stay warm throughout the day, because if you get cold then you’ll be cold for the rest of the day and you’ll be miserable. Yes, that’s right: 2534 glaciers. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. People Why Norwegians Don't Get Seasonal Depression Dark, cold winters don't seem to affect the moods of Norwegians much. While it's true that this part of Norway experiences permanent twilight for part of the winter, this only lasts for a handful of weeks. 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