Alta, Norway: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Alta, Norway? If you're planning to go to Alta, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Alta, Norway

Based on the climate and weather in Alta, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Alta, Norway by month

January

Traveling to Alta in January, you will notice that it is biting cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • High performance gloves
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Goggles for eye protection

February

February in Alta is biting cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

It snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats

March

Traveling to Alta in March, you will notice that it is very cold and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Scarf
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces

April

April in Alta is very cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain sometimes.

It also snows regularly. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Umbrella

May

If you vacation in Alta during May, you are likely to find that it is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

June

June in Alta is crisp and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks

July

If you vacation in Alta during July, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally around 60 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

August

August can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

September

September in Alta is brisk and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat

October

If you go to Alta in October, you will notice that it is brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow about a third of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof coat

November

November in Alta is frigid and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain sometimes.

It also snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Very heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof coat

December

If you go to Alta in December, you will notice that it is biting cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Sweaters
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Alta, Norway

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Alta, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Alta
  • Appropriate museum wear

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