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Norway trip in Feb/March???? Too cold?

I'm going to Norway at the end of Feb and leaving at the beginning of March this coming year. I'm going to spend 2 days in Olso then do the NiN to Bergen and stay there 2 days (possibly a stop along the way overnight). Then flying to Tromso for 3 days to hopefully catch the northern lights (and dog sled). Then to the Lofoten Islands for a 4 day photo tour with a travel blogger. Since coming to this forum, it looks like a lot of things are closed in the winter? That's fine for hiking but are museums and churches closed? What is the sunlight like? I REALLY want to see the aurora and I know that's a gamble, but I went to Iceland in the summer for the good weather. I'm basically just wanting to know if I will be able to have full days of exploring in the winter!


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Feb 28 - sunrise 7.15, sunset 5.45. Remember that even at midday, the sun is somewhat low on the horizon, when you can see it. I just looked at this website for historical weather data for Oslo and Bergen, first 2 weeks of March for the last 3 years. Temps in the 30s-40s, mostly cloudy, more rain than sun.

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Too cold?

Too cold depends on where in Norway and your adaptability to temperatures. Southern locations near the coast are relatively balmy due to the Gulf Stream effect in comparison to northern inland locations. And "too cold" depends on your adaptability with respect to clothing.

Winters in Norway can be bitterly cold, even if they aren’t always.
How to dress for outdoor activities thus depends on what you are doing
and where you are doing it.

it looks like a lot of things are closed in the winter?

You should check sights and activities for winter hours. For example, Oslo's outdoor folk museum is open but with shorter hours than the summer months:
Museums like the Holmenkollen Ski Museum are open year round, but again shorter hours during the winter:

What is the sunlight like? I REALLY want to see the aurora and I know that's a gamble....

As previously noted, winter sun will be weaker (lower in the horizon) with obviously shorter daylight hours. That said, if you want to see the northern lights, no sun (with clear sky) is better than sun and clouds.

October, February and March are the best months for seeing the
northern lights.

The northern lights are most commonly seen in the north, but may on
rare occasions be seen in all of Norway – even at the country’s
southernmost point.

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If you enjoy photography, think of the light as the perfect photo light: low sun and long dawn/dusk - an incredibly long golden hour.

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I'll go back to the weather reports - golden hours only if the sun is shining.

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True, but cloudy or overcast weather is popular with photographers too. No stark contrasts. :-)

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For somebody from Alaska - not too cold. For somebody from Houston could be pretty cold.