Small person standing on the Majestic Trolltunga mountain in Norway with stunning views of a long fjord and the mountains in the distance

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Norway In August (2024)

Hello wanderlusters! Thinking of visiting the gem of Scandinavia, Norway, in August?

You’re in for a treat! Norway (which is also my beloved home country) sparkles in the late summer with long daylight hours, festivals, lazy days, and landscapes that will make your Instagram followers green with envy.

In August (especially towards the end of August), the number of other visitors is also decreasing, so you will avoid the crowds. Prices are dropping a bit on fun things to do and accommodation and the days are still warm and inviting.

From fjords that belong in fairy tales to cities bursting with culture, here are the ten best places to visit in Norway in August. Buckle up for an unforgettable journey!

Where You Should Travel In Norway In August

1. Oslo

Frognerparken park in Oslo in summer, full of green trees, grass, and flowers
Frognerparken Park in summer

Oslo is Norway’s vibrant capital, where I have lived for the majority of my life. This is where modern architecture meets history; the trendy Barcode is just a stone’s throw from the Medieval part of town. Oslo has an incredible mix of cultural attractions, lush parks, and a buzzing nightlife, dining, and amusement.

The city comes alive in August with outdoor festivals, vibrant street life, and long, sunny days that invite endless exploration in town or in the “Marka” – the vast forest only 30 minutes from the city center with the tram.

From the lush greenery of Vigeland Sculpture Park to the historical treasures at the Viking Ship Museum, history buffs will also find many things to do.

Or you can stroll along the bustling waterfront of Aker Brygge, Barcode, or Bjørvika, enjoy a coffee at a charming café, and don’t miss the chance to walk on the roof of the Oslo Opera House for panoramic views of the fjord.

With warm temperatures and a calendar packed with events, Oslo in August is a vibrant, dynamic destination that showcases the best of Norwegian culture and natural beauty.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Vigeland Sculpture Park: Wander through the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. It’s weird, wonderful, and definitely Instagrammable.
  2. Viking Ship Museum: Step back in time and explore beautifully preserved Viking ships and artifacts.
  3. Oslo Opera House: Walk on the roof of this architectural marvel for panoramic views of the Oslofjord.

Luxury Stay: The Thief – A chic, art-filled hotel on the Oslofjord waterfront.
Budget Stay: Cochs Pensjonat – A charming and affordable guesthouse in a historic building.

2. Bergen

Bergen Wharf on a sunny summer day with colorful boats and houses behind the dark blue water
Bergen Harbor on a sunny summer day

Bergen, the gateway to the fjords, is famous for its colorful wooden houses, surrounding mountains, and bustling fish market any time of year.

The city’s picturesque setting, surrounded by seven mountains and stunning fjords, is at its most vibrant during the summer and still has long, warm days come August.

Wander through the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and savor fresh seafood at the bustling Fish Market. Take the Fløyen funicular to enjoy breathtaking views and hike the scenic trails over the Vidden from Fløyen to Ulriken (or the other way around).

August also brings the Bergen International Festival, adding a lively cultural atmosphere with music, art, and performances. With long, sunny days and a rich tapestry of experiences, Bergen in August is an enchanting and unforgettable destination.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf: Stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic harbor district filled with shops and eateries.
  2. Fløyen Mountain: Take the funicular to the top for stunning views and hiking trails.
  3. Fish Market: Savor fresh seafood and local delicacies at this lively market.

Luxury Stay: Skostredet Hotel – Stylish, historic luxury hotel right in the heart of Bergen.
Budget Stay: City Hostel Bergen – Cozy and affordable, perfect for budget-conscious travelers.

Also read: Best Things To Do In Bergen Norway From A Native

3. Stavanger

A sunny day in Stavanger center, with a quiet lake and a green park with large trees
The center of Stavanger in the summer

Stavanger is a charming city known for its old town, vibrant cultural scene, and proximity to the famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), and the oil capital of Norway.

Stavanger in August is a dream destination for adventure seekers and food enthusiasts alike. Known for its proximity to the breathtaking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), this vibrant city offers perfect hiking conditions this last summer month, rewarding you with stunning views over Lysefjorden Fjord.

The city’s charming old town, with its well-preserved wooden houses and cobblestone streets, is perfect for leisurely strolls in the light late-summer nights.

August also brings the lively Gladmat food festival, Norway’s largest culinary event, where you can indulge in local delicacies and gourmet treats.

With its unique mix of natural beauty, historic charm, and culinary delights, Stavanger in August is an irresistible destination for an unforgettable summer getaway.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Preikestolen Hike: Challenge yourself with this iconic hike and be rewarded with breathtaking views.
  2. Old Stavanger: Wander through well-preserved wooden houses and quaint streets.
  3. Gladmat Food Festival: Indulge in Norway’s largest food festival, celebrating local cuisine.

Luxury Stay: Hotel Victoria – Elegance and history combined in a central location.
Budget Stay: Stavanger Bed & Breakfast – Simple, affordable, and friendly.

4. Geirangerfjord

The dark water in the beautiful Geirangerfjord in Norway, surrounded by steep mountain sides

Geirangerfjord is Norway’s most famous fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush greenery, and cascading waterfalls.

Geirangerfjord in August is nothing short of spectacular, showcasing nature’s grandeur at its finest. This UNESCO World Heritage site dazzles with its deep blue waters, surrounded by steep, verdant cliffs and dotted with thundering waterfalls like the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil.

The August weather is still warm and perfect for exploring, whether you’re cruising through the fjord, kayaking along its tranquil waters, or hiking up to the Geiranger Skywalk for jaw-dropping panoramic views.

Surrounded by lush greenery and vibrant flora, it is in full bloom, making every spot postcard perfect. With lingering daylight hours, you have ample time to soak in the serene beauty and adventure that Geirangerfjord offers, making it a must-visit destination in August.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Fjord Cruise: Sail past the dramatic Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls.
  2. Geiranger Skywalk: Experience vertigo-inducing views from one of Europe’s highest fjord viewpoints.
  3. Kayaking: Paddle through the tranquil waters for an up-close look at the fjord’s beauty.

Luxury Stay: Hotel Union Geiranger – Offers stunning fjord views and a luxurious spa.
Budget Stay: Geirangerfjorden Feriesenter – Simple cabins and camping with fantastic views.
Cheap Stay: Vinje Camping Geiranger, close to the bottom of the fjord, simple camping life

5. Flåm

Beautiful fjord view in Flåm, Norway at the end of summer when the nature and the mountains are about to change color
Beautiful Flåm at the end of summer

Flåm, nestled in the heart of fjord country, is famous for its stunning scenery and the world-renowned Flåm Railway.

This little village is an extraordinary destination in August, offering a perfect blend of scenic beauty and outdoor adventure.

Nestled in the heart of Norway’s fjord country (about three hours from Bergen), this charming village is best known for the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, which is even more spectacular in summer with lush landscapes and cascading waterfalls.

August’s mild weather is ideal for a serene cruise along the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, where the fjord’s sheer cliffs and tranquil waters create a breathtaking panorama.

For thrill-seekers, the Stegastein Viewpoint provides an exhilarating perspective over the fjord. Flåm’s idyllic setting, combined with its array of activities, makes it a must-visit in August for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Flåm Railway: Take one of the world’s most scenic train journeys.
  2. Nærøyfjord Cruise: Sail through this UNESCO-listed fjord.
  3. Stegastein Viewpoint: Drive up for panoramic views over the fjord.

Luxury Stay: Fretheim Hotel – A historic hotel with modern amenities and stunning views.
Budget Stay: Dalen Gård & Camping – Comfortable and budget-friendly, with fjord views.

6. Trondheim

Bryggen in Trondheim, Norway, with blank deep blue water between the colorful charming houses that are typical for the Trondheim Harbor
The harbor entry in Trondheim

Trondheim, Norway’s historic capital (and first actual capital), blends medieval charm with a vibrant student population, making it a lively and exciting town to visit.

Trondheim is a fantastic destination in August, blending historical charm with a vibrant cultural scene. As Norway’s former capital (a thousand years ago), the city is rich in history, with the stunning Nidaros Cathedral from 1070 AD at its heart, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

The pleasant summer weather is perfect for exploring the colorful wooden houses and cozy cafés of the Bakklandet district. August also sees the city buzzing with festivals and outdoor concerts, thanks to its vibrant student population.

Whether you’re delving into the city’s Viking past at the Archbishop’s Palace Museum or enjoying a scenic boat trip on the Nidelva River, Trondheim offers a delightful mix of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it an unmissable summer destination.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Nidaros Cathedral: Visit Norway’s national sanctuary and marvel at its Gothic architecture.
  2. Bakklandet: Explore this charming district filled with colorful wooden houses and cafes.
  3. Ringve Music Museum: Discover Norway’s musical history in this beautiful manor house.

Luxury Stay: Britannia Hotel – an elegant and historic hotel offering luxury and top-notch service.
Budget Stay: Rumi Hostel – an affordable and friendly place located near the city center.

7. Ålesund

The town of Ålesun at dusk, with lights coming on in the city that is situated right by the fjord shores with stunning views of the water and the mountains in the distance
Ålesund at dusk by the sea

Ålesund is a delightful destination in August, known for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant cultural scene.

Situated on Norway’s west coast, the city boasts a unique blend of history and natural beauty, with its distinctive buildings rising elegantly along the waterfront.

In August, the long days and mild weather create perfect conditions for exploring the surrounding fjords and islands, whether by boat, kayak, or hiking trails like the popular Aksla Viewpoint.

The city itself comes alive with events and festivals, including concerts and exhibitions, adding a lively atmosphere to its charming streets and cozy cafes.

With its picturesque setting, cultural richness, and outdoor activities, Ålesund in August offers a memorable and enriching experience for visitors seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Aksla Viewpoint: Climb (or drive) up for panoramic views of the city and fjords.
  2. Atlantic Sea Park: One of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe.
  3. Art Nouveau Walk: Discover the unique architecture that makes this town special.

Luxury Stay: Hotel Brosundet – A chic waterfront hotel in a converted warehouse.
Budget Stay: Voldsdalen Camping – Affordable and friendly atmosphere, two kilometers from city center.

8. Lofoten Islands

Henningsvær fishing village in Lofoten on a sunny summer day with blank water in the harbor in front of colorful houses and majestic mountains
Beautiful Henningsvær in Lofoten

The Lofoten Islands are a paradise for nature lovers, with dramatic peaks, pristine beaches, and charming fishing villages.

The Lofoten Islands are a wonderful destination in August, offering a stunning blend of dramatic landscapes and endless daylight. This archipelago is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with towering mountains, pristine beaches, and picturesque fishing villages like Reine and Henningsvær.

The summer weather is perfect for hiking trails such as Reinebringen, which offers breathtaking panoramic views, and for cycling along scenic coastal roads.

August also brings ideal conditions for kayaking in crystal-clear waters and birdwatching on Røst Island, where you can spot puffins and other seabirds. The long days mean you can pack in even more activities, all while basking in the magical light of the Arctic summer.

With its rugged beauty and plethora of outdoor adventures, Lofoten is an unforgettable destination if you are heading for Norway in August.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Hiking: Trekking trails like Reinebringen offer breathtaking vistas.
  2. Fishing Villages: Explore picturesque villages like Henningsvær and Nusfjord.
  3. Røst Island: Birdwatchers will love spotting puffins and other seabirds.

Luxury Stay: Svinøya Rorbuer Svolvær – Authentic fishermen’s cabins with modern comforts.
Budget Stay: Lofoten Vandrerhjem Kabelvåg – A cozy hostel in a historical building.

Also read: Best Lofoten Tours And Adventures From A Native

9. Tromsø

A white sandy beach outside Tromsø, Norway on a sunny summer day, with two red old wooden cottages next to the blank water
Beaches outside Tromsø Norway (the water is COLD!)

Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, is a lively city known for its striking Arctic Cathedral and vibrant nightlife. In August, the midnight sun has just started setting, but the nights are still light 24/7; you will experience a short time of dusk before the sun rises again.

Tromsø is a fantastic destination in August, offering a unique blend of Arctic adventure and cultural vibrancy under the magical midnight sun.

This far-north city bursts with life during the summer; people come to life with endless daylight to explore its natural wonders and lively urban scene.

You can embark on whale-watching tours, hike in the stunning Lyngen Alps, and still go swimming in the Arctic summer water. The iconic Arctic Cathedral hosts mesmerizing midnight concerts, adding a cultural touch to your visit.

With its captivating combination of natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural experiences, you should also consider visiting Sommarøy (Summer Island) about an hour outside the city. Tromsø in August is an exhilarating and unforgettable destination.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Midnight Sun Marathon: Run (or cheer) in this unique marathon that takes place under the midnight sun.
  2. Arctic Cathedral: Marvel at this architectural wonder and catch a midnight concert.
  3. Whale Watching: August is perfect for spotting whales in the surrounding waters.

Luxury Stay: Scandic Ishavshotel – Centrally located with amazing harbor views.
Budget Stay: Skaret by Vander – Affordable, friendly stay centrally located

10. Svalbard

summer scenery in Svalbard, with green plains betwee the dark greyish unique mountains where there are still patches of snow under a deep blue sky - Norway in August
Summer in Arctic Svalbard

Svalbard is a remote archipelago north of the Norwegian mainland and the North Cape, known for its rugged Arctic beauty and abundant wildlife, including polar bears.

Svalbard is an exceptional destination to visit in August, offering a truly unique Arctic experience amidst stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Located far north of the Arctic Circle, Svalbard enjoys the longest stretch of midnight sun in Norway during this time of year. Its 24-hour daylight allows for round-the-clock exploration.

August is ideal for adventurous activities like glacier hiking and wildlife safaris to spot polar bears, seals, and Arctic foxes in their natural habitat.

The archipelago also boasts fascinating cultural sites, such as the Svalbard Museum in Longyearbyen, where visitors can delve into the region’s rich history of exploration and mining.

With its pristine wilderness and unparalleled opportunities for Arctic exploration, Svalbard promises an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike in August.

Fun Things to Do:

  1. Polar Bear Safari: Safely spot polar bears in their natural habitat.
  2. Glacier Hiking: Explore the majestic glaciers with a guided tour.
  3. Svalbard Museum: Learn about the region’s history, wildlife, and geology.

Luxury Stay: Funken Lodge – Historic charm combined with modern luxury and comfort.
Budget Stay: Gjestehuset 102 – A simple but cozy, budget-friendly option with a homely feel.

FAQ Norway In August

Is August A Good Time To Visit Norway?

Yes, it absolutely is! August is the summer month when the summer tourist peak has passed, so there will be fewer crowds, prices are decreasing, and the weather is still warm and inviting!

Can You See The Northern Lights In Norway In August?

No, unfortunately, you can not! The atmospheric conditions (and the light, or more accurately, the darkness) are not sufficient for the northern lights to appear. The earliest time to experience the northern lights in Norway, with a bit of luck, is late October.

What Is The Weather Like In The Norwegian Fjords In August?

The weather in Norway in August, in general, is still warm and inviting, with temperatures averaging 13-18 degrees Celsius.

The Norwegian fjords stretch from the western area of Bergen all the way up north, which means that the temperatures around the fjords will also vary depending on latitude.

Bergen will have the same temperatures as Oslo (13-21 degrees Celsius), while around Lofoten, above the Arctic Circle, the temperatures will range from 10 to around 15 degrees Celsius.

Is Oslo Worth Visiting In August?

Absolutely!

August is a great time to visit Oslo; after the peak tourist season, the city quiets down while the temperatures are still nice and warm, and you can explore the city and surrounding nature at your own pace.

Wrap-Up Where To Travel In Norway In August

Norway in August is a traveler’s dream destination, at least if you like Europe or Scandinavia in particular!

The mild summer is still present in the south, and the light is still present in the North, along with all the amazing food, nature, and adventures you can have in the last summer month.

Whether you’re captivated by the natural beauty of the fjords, the midnight sun in the Arctic, or the cultural riches of its cities, Norway offers something for everyone.

Pack your bags, charge your camera, and get ready for an adventure that will leave you spellbound and yearning for more. Skål to an unforgettable Norwegian summer!

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