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The Summer Packing Guide To Northern Norway

What to pack when traveling to the far North This Summer

Have you booked a trip to Northern Norway this summer (Lofoten or Tromsø area), and have no idea what to pack? Don’t worry, we have created a packing guide to Northern Norway make sure you will be as comfortable as possible when traveling to the far North this summer. After all, we are still in the Arctic where the weather can change in a split second!


Packing Guide to Northern Norway: You just booked a trip to Lofoten or Tromsø, and now you are probably thinking “What on Earth do I need to bring?” While the weather in this area can be rather unpredictable, and while Tromsø and Lofoten are  rather ‘mild’ Arctic destinations (considering its position next to the gulf stream which brings warmer air up North) the weather is unique. The average summer temperature in Tromsø & Lofoten during the summer ranges from  9°C / 48°F to 17°C /62°F. With that being said, the evenings can get chilly and warm summer days can get get quite warm!

Don’t worry, the Pukka Travels team wants to make sure you will be as prepared as possible before coming to 69 degrees North.

The art of layering

As you can see from the temperatures and precipitation, summer in the Arctic (on average) can be cooler than most classic summer destinations, but the biggest difference are the changes that can happen. There are many micro-climates in the Arctic which means the weather is local, and can change quite fat. That means you should think of packing (and getting dressed) in layers. It is much better to layer up and have the chance to adjust your clothing with your body temperatures, rather going all in on one sweater and hoping for the best! As they say, there is no such thing as bad weather… only bad clothes!

Under-layer: If there is anything you should not leave the house without, it is your wool, silk or synthetic base layer against your skin. Avoid cotton if possible since it does not dry out very fast, which will just make you colder. Merino wool is our favorite. In the warm, summer months this under layer can be a short sleeve t-shirt or tank top! It can get warm!

Base-layer: a ‘puffer jacket’ or something that is warm enough to keep the heat in. Usually fleece or wool is the best option to keep you very warm. Our team wears the Peak Performance Helium jackets which can be folded up in a small pouch, and can be taken out if the wind picks up and we need an extra layer to keep the heat in. This can also be a hoodie or a pull over.

Outer-layers: On the outer-most layer, you should wear some type of weatherproof jacket and trousers. While your clothes may not have to be completely waterproof, we recommend dressing to stay dry. Think wind-proof jackets and hiking pants.

Head, neck, fingers & toes: If these parts of your body are warm, the rest will follow suit. Make sure to pack a couple pairs of socks as sometimes they get wet and then your feet may get cold, It is also smart to bring a scarf, hat, and a pair of light gloves in case the weather gets bad on the mountain or out in the water! Nice to be warmer than cooler (remember, layers!)

Shoes: Weatherproof, hiking-boots are the best alternative when packing for a trip to Northern Norway in the summer. We provide warm slippers on-board our sailing trips to make sure your feet stay warm and dry while lounging in the saloon. Sorel has great, weatherproof boots all year round! Highly recommend.

The extras

The important things to make your stay extra comfortable

Swimsuit: Your hotel, or tour may offer a hot tub or maybe even a polar plunge, so make sure to pack a bathing suit so you are able to dive right in.

Walking/Running shoes: You may want to run outside, or even use your hotels gym pack a pair of running shoes to wear. On our sightseeing tours you can also wear sneakers.

Hand lotion & chapstick: The air here is dry, and your hands will start cracking very quickly after being here. A nice hand lotion will keep your hands soft and happy.

Backpack: A great way to carry around your extra layers and accessories while being hand-free.

Waterbottle: Save plastic & travel with a water bottle. The tap water in Norway is safe and clean to drink.

The tech-stuff

The stuff to keep you charged & ready to go

Batteries & Battery-back ups: The cold sucks the life out of your iPhone, GoPro and other camera batteries. Bring a battery back up to make sure you can always get the perfect shot no matter what temperature it is outside.

Camera to shoot the beautiful landscapes: The best way to capture the landscapes of Northern Norway is with a camera that can get all of the details! Smart phone cameras are great, but if you are looking to capture wildlife up close, bring a telephoto lens, or a wide-angle lens to capture the landscapes!

Memory Cards: Just like a roll of film, memory cards are key to capturing all of your memories.

Tri-pod: We provide a tri-pod on our tours if requested, but if you want to go around town and take photos of the city, we suggest bringing one with a detachable head. This will save a lot of time!

Power adapters & chargers: Norway uses the same outlet as all of Europe. If you are coming from another zone, make sure to bring a power adapter to keep your tech-gear fully charged.

The Pukka Touch:

In case you are worried that you might not have it all, your warmth and comfort is our number 1 priority which is why we have clean, warm safety suits to protect you from the elements. If you are on one of our sailing tours, these suits act as a floatation suit in case of an emergency We also have extra hats, gloves and boots for our tours in Tromsø. So if you have nothing, just ask us in advanced to make sure we have everything you may need (don’t worry, this is included in your Pukka tour).


Read our summer guides!

Must see activities while wandering around Tromsø & Lofoten
Read the Tromsø GuideRead the Lofoten Guide


Perri Rothenberg

Perri Rothenberg

Digital Strategy & Partnerships

With a spirit of a true adventurer and a keen mind for communicating in the digital marketplace this burst of power has joined Pukka Travels from the USA. Perri focuses on international collaborations and online strategy for our PUKKA brands. Her favorite part about Tromsø is skiing under the Northern Lights.

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