Longyearbyen, Norway: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Longyearbyen, Norway

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

Important essentials for Longyearbyen, Norway

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry TSA-friendly choice.


  • Travel insurance

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  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often wear out. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can have.

General health necessities

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

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January

January in this region is beyond freezing, extremely snowy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

February is beyond freezing, very snowy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

March in Longyearbyen can be bitter cold, extremely snowy and somewhat stormy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It 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:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

April is biting cold, very snowy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

In May, Longyearbyen is frosty and very snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Longyearbyen, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

If you vacation in Longyearbyen during June, you are likely to find that it is cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally around 80 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly and snow regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

If you go to Longyearbyen in July, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

If you vacation in Longyearbyen during August, you are likely to notice that it can be brisk 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 high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

September in Longyearbyen is frigid, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time. 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:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

Traveling to Longyearbyen in October, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold and very snowy. Expect it to rain occasionally and snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

In November, Longyearbyen is beyond freezing, extremely snowy and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the 10s F (10+ below zero C). This is also a rainy time for Longyearbyen, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

If you are traveling to Longyearbyen in December, you will notice that it is beyond freezing, extremely snowy and somewhat stormy. Expect it to snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you are intending to see the charming Svalbard Church, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you visit the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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