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

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

When to go to Oslo, Norway

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

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

January

January in Oslo is frigid, very snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Oslo is freezing and somewhat snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) to low 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you are traveling to Oslo in March, you will notice that it can be very chilly, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

In April, Oslo is cold and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Oslo, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Oslo is relatively cool and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Oslo is balmy and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July here is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

In August, Oslo is mild and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) and about half of the time jump into 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 Oslo, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in this region is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October can be brisk and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

In November, Oslo can be brisk and somewhat 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 Oslo, with several of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Oslo in December, you will notice that it is freezing, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Oslo, 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 Oslo
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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