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I love April in Norway. It feels like spring is coming! No wait, it’s snowing again. What, now it’s +20 degrees Celsius? Oh, now there’s a storm rolling in. And it’s snowing again. April in Norway is a mixed bag that will keep you on your toes, and I love it.

The Weather

Temperatures

2020 High2020 Low2020 AverageNormal AverageDeviance
Oslo+21.9C (22 April)-2.7C (4 April)+7.3C-4.5C+ 2.8C
Bergen+20.4C (22 April)-1.5C (4 April)+7.2C+5.9C+ 1.3C
Tromsø+6.5C (8 April)-12.9C (3 April)-0.1C+0.7C0.7C
Source: yr.no

Precipitation, Snow & Wind

Wettest DayTotal PrecipitationNormalDays with PrecipitationSnow DaysHighest Wind Gust
Oslo28 April (16.4mm)32.3mm41mm3023.2 m/s
Bergen15 April (36.8mm)175.3mm114mm132 (max depth 3cm)23.5 m/s (3 April)
Tromsø6 April (18.5mm)131.1mm61mm19Every day. Max. depth 100cm20.8 m/s (8 April)
Source: yr.no

Sunrise/Sunset

1 April Sunrise/Sunset1 April Day Length10 April Sunrise/Sunset10 April Day Length20 April Sunrise/Sunset20 April Day Length30 April Sunrise/Sunset (Note: Daylight Savings)30 April Day Length
Oslo6:41am / 8:01pm13:20:156:14am / 8:23pm14:09:065:45am / 8:48pm15:02:575:17am / 8:12pm15:55:44
Bergen7:02am / 8:24pm13:21:526:34am / 8:46pm14:11:446:05am / 9:11pm15:06:465:36am / 9:37pm16:00:50
Tromsø5:46am / 7:51pm14:04:325:04am / 8:28pm15:23:584:16am / 9:13pm16:56:503:24am / 10:02pm18:38:57
Note: Does not include twilight hours, which does make the days feel longer, especially for Northern Norway (i.e It’s not completely dark all day). Source/For Full Statistics: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/norway/oslo?month=1&year=2020

Notes: From the beginning of April Tromsø receives no true darkness

Weather Overview

April is a bit of everything. Want snow? Want hot sunny days? Want hurricane-like storms? April in Norway is the month for you!

The weather is generally very unpredictable. In Bergen this year I was wearing winter coats, rain coats, and t-shirts on my daily walk. Some years April can be very mild and sunny, while others can be very cold and snowy. Yes, the snow may creep up on us in April. This year in Bergen, it was one our snowiest months, though the snow melted very quickly.

Storms are also common in April. I personally love watching the storms, but I’m not sure people travel here to see them!

At the start of the month, the nights are dark enough to see last glimpses of the northern lights. By the end of the month, however, there’s barely a proper darkness.

April is the month of sunsets. What to see an incredible sunset? Come in April!

April Sunset in Bergen, Norway
Northern Lights in early April

Northern Lights

If you are lucky, you may see the northern lights in early April. It’s possible, but the nights are shorter.

Food

April is normally the month of Easter, so many restaurants will reflect this with an abundance of lamb dishes. In the supermarkets you’ll be able to buy lots of Norwegian Easter Eggs.

North Cape in Early April 2019
Flying over Western Norway in April 2019

Tourism

April in Norway is one of the quietest months for tourism because it’s between two seasons: winter tourism has ended, but summer tourism doesn’t begin for another month.

The museums and attractions have their winter hours in April, which means reduced days and hours. The major museums will be open 10am-4pm (or 11am-3pm), while the smaller ones will be open for even less hours, or only on weekends.

Cruise ships do appear in Bergen occasionally, so the signs of summer are coming.

I think April is a great month to travel. You’ll get long enough days to explore, but there’ll still be snow on the mountains. It won’t be as cold as in winter, but the temperatures won’t be sweltering hot yet.

Events

Easter

It’s Easter in Norway in April! During Easter, Norwegian’s get the longest holiday period in the world. Most will use this as a chance to get one last ski trip in before the snow melts, and they’ll head to their cabin in the mountains. There aren’t really any events that take place during Easter; most people leave to do their own thing.

I’ll cover Easter in a separate article.