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.