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

Traveling to Svalbard, Norway? If you're planning to go to Svalbard, the following 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 Svalbard, Norway

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

Important essentials for Svalbard, Norway

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • 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).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection available.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent TSA-friendly choice.


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently become worn. An unreadable vaccination card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

General health necessities

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

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January

January in Svalbard is beyond freezing and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C), with more than half days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It snows about two thirds of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average. There is frost most days.

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February

February in Svalbard can be dangerously cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C) during the day. There is frost almost every day. It snows about two thirds of the time.

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March

March in Svalbard is biting cold and very snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It snows about two thirds of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average. There is frost almost every day.

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April

April can be bitter cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. There is frost nearly every day this month. It snows about half of the time.

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May

If you go to Svalbard in May, you will notice that it is freezing and very snowy. Expect it to rain occasionally and snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost most days.

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June

June for Svalbard is cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost about half of the time. It rains 5-10 days this month and snows a bit less than half of the time.

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July

Traveling to Svalbard in July, you will notice that it is brisk and very rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost sometimes.

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August

In August, Svalbard is pretty cool and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) and once in a while 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 Svalbard, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 80%. There is frost occasionally.

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September

If you go to Svalbard in September, you will notice that it can be extremely cold, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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October

If you are traveling to Svalbard in October, you will notice that it can be bitter cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

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November

If you go to Svalbard in November, you will notice that it is beyond freezing and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

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December

If you are traveling to Svalbard in December, you will notice that it is unbearably cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). There is frost most days.

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