When we started telling people (particularly in Gabon) that we were moving to Norway almost everyone remarked, 'Oh it's going to be so cold.' I'm from Canada - if there's anything I can adapt to, it's cold weather.
Despite the relative small size of Norway, it experiences vast weather differences across the country. In one day it can be -20 and snowing in the Northern part of the country and +10 and sunny in the South. Stavanger is found on the Southwest tip of the country and the climate is described as mild-maritime weather.
To put things in perspective, Stavanger is 3º below the latitude of Southern Alaska and 3º above the latitude of our last Canadian home, Grande Prairie. One would think we'd be living in Arctic temperatures during the winter season, but I'm happy to tell you that it doesn't even come close to the winters we spent in Alberta.
Our temperatures hover around 0ºC throughout winter. We have seen snow twice and it stuck around a few days but there is currently no trace of it left. One day the temperature plunged to -11 and people didn't know what to do with themselves. (-11 in Grande Prairie is welcome after a week of -35.) We've seen a lot of rain and a lot of darkness but it's not the snowy wonderland one might imagine.
The last 2 weeks have been consistently below 0 but I'm certainly not complaining. The freezing temperatures have brought clear skies and sunshine which is a welcome reprieve from the rain and wind. The lakes have frozen over and kids and families are heading out to skate. Joe and I have been bundling up and taking long, Sunday walks and I cannot get enough of the calm waters & blue skies.