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Norway in August....?

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Norway in August....?

We are looking at the possibility of booking a cruise on the Sky Princess next August (20th) for 14 nights on the 'Land of the Midnight Sun' cruise to Norway.

The scenery looks beautiful but I'm just concerned about the weather at that time of year and also whether there is any likelihood of choppy waters. My wife and daughter specifically wanted to avoid the Bay of Biscay for the same reason and so, having decided to change 'location' I didn't want to find that there was potential for worse on this trip.

Any advice from anybody that has travelled on that trip, or on that boat, and to that location, would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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1. Re: Norway in August....?

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4. Re: Norway in August....?

We've sailed to Norway three times during the summer period and we have never encountered rough seas. That's not to say that it can't or won't happen, but our experience is that the Bay of Biscay is much, much worse for a bouncy ship.

We never expect hot weather, but one our only August cruise it was warm enough to wander around in just a top, although you can never count on there not being rain (more of a sort of a light drizzle when we were in Geiranger on that August cruise).

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5. Re: Norway in August....?

I agree with ROJ on the weather

Last trip to Norway was in Aug 2018 the weather was quite warm but do pack a rain jacket just incase

we found June was cool/cold but we went to the north Cape & Svalbard

July in Norway was pleasant

Pack layers then you are covered for what ever the weather gods throw at you

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I’ve cruised up the coast of Norway in June/July and in October too.

Weather is unpredictable these days but I can say on big ship like the Sky, if you feel seasick, sit in one of the lounge/ seating areas on a lower deck, eat “light”,

But I have to say during the times we sailed in June/ July the weather was great ( we were on the Sea Princess then). In October I think there was bad weather in various parts of Europe but most of it was good sailing ( we were on the Sapphire Princess for that sailing and she’s very stable) .

As others have said, take layers and rain gear... the land component more than makes up for a couple of rocky sea days IMO.

Edited: 5:50 pm, November 05, 2021
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7. Re: Norway in August....?

I have been to Norway many times and the weather has varied between vile and good 😏

At Tromso were in semi- tropical uniform in January! Short sleeve shirts and no jackets?

If the wind is a polar maritime …….. whipping off the polar regions it will be cold. If it is a tropical maritime it won’t be cold.

Some of the worst seas I have experienced have been in the North Sea, whilst Biscay has been flat calm.

You pays your money and look out of the window. The weather will be what it will be.

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8. Re: Norway in August....?

>>>The weather will be what it will be.<<<

That is so true, mbp. We take the view that we can't control the weather so we will just make the best of whatever we get, wherever we are.

I'm generally a very good sailor. I have only felt ill on a ship once, and that was a ferry in the Bay of Biscay in October. I think that having a cabin in the forward section of the ship made it worse. So I say that seasickness always varies not only from individual to individual, but also by where you are and the type of ship, too.

It's something else that's difficult to predict!

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