Arkhangelsk, Russia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Arkhangelsk, Russia

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

What to wear/what to pack for Arkhangelsk, Russia by month

January

If you go to Arkhangelsk in January, you will notice that it can be bitter cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Arkhangelsk is unbearably cold and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

It snows almost every day of the month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Arkhangelsk is very cold and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain sometimes.

It also snows most days. 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:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Very heavy socks
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat

April

April for Arkhangelsk is brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Rain coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket

May

In May, Arkhangelsk is brisk and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) and occasionally jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Arkhangelsk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Arkhangelsk is mild and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 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:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear

July

In July, Arkhangelsk is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Arkhangelsk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Rain boots

August

If you vacation in Arkhangelsk during August, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Pants or jeans

September

September in Arkhangelsk is cold and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) to 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Arkhangelsk can be brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) to low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Arkhangelsk in November, you will notice that it is biting cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain regularly and snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

December

December here can be bitter cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains sometimes and snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Coveralls
  • Thick pajamas
  • Thermal undergarments
  • High performance gloves
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Rain coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Neck gaiter
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Goggles for eye protection

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Arkhangelsk, Russia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Arkhangelsk, 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 Arkhangelsk
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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