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

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

When to go to Lofoten, Norway

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

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

January

In January, Lofoten is freezing, very snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Lofoten, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Lofoten is freezing, very snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Lofoten is frigid, very snowy and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

It also snows about two thirds 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:

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

April

April in Lofoten is brisk, very snowy and very rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Lofoten is cold and extremely rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) and a bit less than half of the time jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Lofoten, with most of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Lofoten can be very chilly and extremely rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Lofoten is chilly and extremely rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August is relatively cool and extremely rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September for Lofoten is pretty cool and extremely rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you are traveling to Lofoten in October, you will notice that it is pretty cool and extremely rainy. Expect it to rain almost every day of the month and snow a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to Lofoten in November, you will notice that it is frosty, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time and snow about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Lofoten is freezing, extremely snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

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:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Lofoten, 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 Lofoten
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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