Oslo Weather January Averages, Norway
Oslo is geographically located at the northern end of Oslo Fjord in Norway. The city is surrounded by forests, lakes, and mountains, which cover two thirds of Oslo. The largest island, closest to Oslofjord is Malmøya. Oslo is a popular holiday destination with millions of visitors from across the globe visiting the city each year. The Scandinavian capital features incredible tourist attractions such as the Akershus Fortress, National Art Museum, Oslo Cathedral, the Parliament Building, Frogner Park, and the Folk Museum among others.
Oslo experiences four seasons in a year. The winter season sees a radical drop in temperatures to below -6°, which lasts from November to March. Some tourists believe it is the best time to visit Oslo as you can take part in a variety of exciting winter sports and activities such as skiing, ice-skating, ice fishing and ice climbing. However, the summers are the most enjoyable as temperatures are pleasant and warm averaging about 20°C.
Typically January is the coldest month in Oslo, and temperatures can drop below -5°C (23°F) especially at night. However, the temperatures are slightly above freezing during the day with highs of -2°C (28°F). The average rainfall is approximately 49mm, and the city experiences 2 hours of sunshine per day throughout the month. The average sea temperature during this month is 32°F.
The chilly month does not dampen the festivities and events that take place every year during this time; however, it is better to remain indoors at night because of the freezing temperatures. This is also the best month to enjoy winter sports and activities such as skiing, ice climbing and skating. The Oslo Winter Park Tryvann which is just about 20 minutes away from the city centre is the perfect place to go skiing.
The January month revelry features the 70mm Film Festival, which takes place on the third week of the month, and goes on for three days. This is a wonderful treat especially for movie fanatics who enjoy and appreciate archaic movies. Visitors attending the festival can stay at the wonderful Hotel Bristol, located at the hub of Oslo city centre. It is a short walking distance from shopping malls, museums and Aker Brygge, Oslo's most popular seafront region. The hotel provides comfort, superb breakfast and excellent staff.
Music lovers can head down to The Ice Music Festival, an event worth attending as its unique stage set dazzles visitors, given that the podium and instruments are made out of ice and snow. The event is held at Geilotjødnet at Kikut, 4 km south of Geilo. For affordable accommodation, book at the Best Western Hotell Bondeheimen, located a few meters from the parliament building and Karl Johans gate, which is Oslo's main street. The hotel is centrally located and it is a few minutes away from main attractions, shops, restaurants and museums. For delectable cuisine, dine at the hotel's Kaffistova restaurant.