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Sunrise and sunset in Norway

Sunrise today: 4:20 am
Sunset today: 10:06 p.m.
(Data for Oslo)

The times for sunrise and sunset in Norway are largely determined by the high location in the northern hemisphere. In the far north of Europe, the days are very long in summer and extremely short in winter. With up to around 19 hours, the longest days are in June. The longest dark nights, on the other hand, are in winter (in the southern hemisphere it is exactly the opposite). In December, the night in Oslo lasts almost 18 hours and the days start around 6 hours later. Further north it is even more extreme.

If you want to watch the sunrise these days, you have to get up early in the morning. The sun rises in Oslo at 4:20 a.m. The sunset, however, is quite late at 10:06 p.m.


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Average length of daylight in Oslo


Duration of sunshine at twilight


Sunrise and sunset in the largest cities of Norway

The order of the cities is from east to west, i.e. in the approximate direction of the course of the sun. However, since the sun's orbit is elliptical, sunrise and sunset are never at the same time on a whole degree of longitude. All data given for May 22nd, local time in Norway.



Midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle

Norway is one of the few countries located on the Arctic Circle (66.57 ° north latitude), which has a special impact on the length of days and nights. The Arctic Circle crosses Norway about halfway up, although the northern regions are much less populated.
The polar circle forms the northernmost point of the sun's course. The midnight sun comes here at the summer solstice around June 21st. Even at night the sun is low over the horizon, but it does not set. These are the longest days, lasting up to a month and a half in the North Cape (May 14th to July 29th). The midsummer festival is not a public holiday in Norway, but it is celebrated every year on June 23 with a lot of effort.

Polar night

In winter the effect is reversed and the polar night occurs: The sun is now so far south that it no longer reaches the areas north of the Arctic Circle. Directly at the Arctic Circle only for a long night. In the far north at the North Cape, however, the sun doesn't shine at all from November 20th to January 22nd.

The winter half of the year is also the time when the northern lights appear most frequently. Aurora borealis arise when solar winds from the earth's magnetosphere hit the lower atmosphere. This leads to a magnificent play of colors in the sky. The colors depend on the altitude and the atomic composition of the atmosphere. Most often, this kind of weather glow occurs in the polar regions.

Sunrise and sunset by month (Oslo)

Where does the sun rise in Norway?

The sun always rises in the east, everywhere and regardless of the country or continent. The easternmost city in Norway is Vuorea in the province of Finnmark Fylke. There the sun rises at 1:00 a.m. and sets again at 1:00 a.m. The latest sunset can be seen in the west in the city of Fedje (Hordaland) at 10:38 p.m.

Duration of the sunset

The distance from the equator and the orbit of the sun not only determine the time of sunrise and sunset. The further a country is from the equator, the more oblique is the path of the sun to the horizon. And this results in a different duration that a sunset takes. Oslo is located at 60 degrees north latitude, which means that it is very far from the equator. While a sunset near the equator only lasts around 20 minutes, the average time in Norway is 82 minutes. In June it is around 108 minutes in Oslo, while in December it is 57 minutes.

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