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The weather guide for Svalbard, represented by Longyearbyen, (Longyearbyen) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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When is the best time to go to Svalbard?

The best time to go to Svalbard (Longyearbyen) is May based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • -13°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-13
  • -13°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-13
  • -13°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-13
  • -9°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-9
  • -3°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-3
  • 3°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)3
  • 7°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)7
  • 6°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)6
  • 1°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)1
  • -4°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-4
  • -8°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-8
  • -11°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Svalbard (Longyearbyen)-11

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Svalbard weather overview

The Svalbard archipelago has an Arctic climate with freezing winters and short summers.

What to pack for Svalbard weather

Take very warm clothing if travelling to Svalbard.

Which is the warmest month in Svalbard?

The warmest time of year in Longyearbyen, Svalbard is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 7°C.

Which month has the most rain in Svalbard?

In terms of rainfall, August is usually the wettest month in Longyearbyen, Svalbard with 30mm on average. There are normally 13 days in August with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Svalbard?

The sunniest time of year in Longyearbyen, Svalbard is normally April with bright sunshine on average for 37% of daylight hours; that's 8 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in Svalbard?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Longyearbyen, Svalbard in October when the water temperature reaches -1°C.

What is the time difference between Svalbard and the UK?

The time difference between Svalbard and the UK is GMT+1 hour.

What is the main language spoken in Svalbard?

The main language spoken in Svalbard is Norwegian.

What is the currency in Svalbard?

The currency in Svalbard is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).

Which plugs are used in Svalbard?

Svalbard uses electrical plug type C + F (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Svalbard?

They drive on the right side of the road in Svalbard.

Compare Svalbard weather with the USA

Below the Svalbard weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Svalbard (Longyearbyen) and the USA (Washington).

Maximum daytime temperature (°C)

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