What to pack

In spite of Spitsbergen’s northern location, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to other areas on the same latitude. In winter the average temperature in Longyearbyen is around -14 ° C – though it’s not unusual that there are long periods with temperatures between minus 20 and -30 ° C. In summer, the average temperature in Longyearbyen is approximately 5 ° C. There is normally very little rain, although it is not unusual that there is fog and low clouds. Even if there is little rain, the ground is often wet due to the melting snow. The weather on Svalbard changes quickly, and local variations can be huge – so it is better to have little bit too much clothes with you. Below you can find both winter and summer packing lists.

PACKING LIST FOR WINTER DOWNLOAD AS PDF

WOOLEN UNDERWEAR

One base layer of woolen underwear next to your skin

WOOLEN MIDLAYER

Thicker mid layer underneath the overall keeps you warm

TWO LAYERS OF WOOLEN SOCKS

One thin and one thick pair of socks keep your feet warm and dry

WINDPROOF MASK OR BUFF

To cover your face and neck from the cold wind

THINNER GLOVES & WINDPROOF HAT

Thinner gloves to handle your camera or to eat your lunch and a hat to keep you warm

CAMERA & BINOCULARS

To capture the arctic memories

SUNGLASSES

The sun is up 24 hours a day after 19th of April

INDOOR SHOES

It is customary to take off your shoes indoors and wear slippers instead

SMALL BACKPACK

Waterproof or water resistant bag for personal items. The rest of your belongings you can leave in the luggage room at Basecamp Hotel

 

PACKING LIST FOR SUMMER DOWNLOAD AS PDF

PASSPORT

You need to present your passport before entering to Spitsbergen

WOOLEN UNDERWEAR

One base layer of woolen underwear next to your skin

WOOLEN MIDLAYER

Thicker mid layer underneath the overall keeps you warm

TWO LAYERS OF WOOLEN SOCKS

One thin and one thick pair of socks keep your feet warm and dry

JACKET & PANTS

Windproof & water proof jacket and pants for rainy or windy days

HIKING BOOTS

Good hiking boots with high angle keeps your feet dry and comfortable

THINNER GLOVES & MITTENS

Thinner gloves for eating your lunch, mittens to keep your hands warm

WINDPROOF HAT

Windproof hat to keep your ears warm

INDOOR CLOTHING

Casual clothing for dinner and swimsuit for bathing Nordenskiöld & Isfjord Radio

TOILETRIES

Toothbrush and paste for the minimum and any medicines you might need

SMALL BACKPACK

Waterproof or water resistant bag for personal items