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

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

When to go to Murmansk, Russia

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

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

January

January in Murmansk can be dangerously cold and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

It snows nearly every day this 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:

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

February

February in Murmansk can be bitter 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. 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:

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

March

If you go to Murmansk in March, you will notice that it is biting cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to 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
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Scarf
  • Rain coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sweaters
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Umbrella
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Insulated boots

April

April is frigid and very snowy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time and snows about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you go to Murmansk in May, you will notice that it is pretty cool, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you vacation in Murmansk during June, you are likely to find that it is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 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 most days and snow occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

In July, Murmansk is cool and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) and regularly jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Murmansk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

In August, Murmansk can be chilly and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and sometimes jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Murmansk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

In September, Murmansk is cold and extremely rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) and regularly jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Murmansk, with most of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

In October, Murmansk can be brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Murmansk, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Murmansk can be dangerously cold and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain once in a while.

It also snows most days. 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:

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

December

December in Murmansk can be dangerously cold and extremely 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 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:

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

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

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

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