What you need to bring to Svalbard depends on the season and what activities you want to do. You can read more about the temperatures and how the weather changes from month to month here. During summer it is usually between 3 - 7 degrees. There may be snow in the mountains, so if you're going hiking, bring sturdy, waterproof hiking boots. During winter the temperature is between -10 and -30 degrees. The windchill adds to the freezing temperatures, so dress very warmly!

Remember that a passport or a Norwegian national ID card is required to travel to Svalbard.

Suggested packinglist:

  • Warm beanie
  • Scarf or fleece buff
  • Gloves / mittens (wool recommended)
  • 2 sets of long woollen underwear
  • 3 pairs of thick woollen socks
  • 1 pair of warm and windproof pants
  • 1-2 sets of regular indoor clothing for use in the city and in the hotel
  • Toiletries, personal medicines
  • Driving license (if you are going on a snowmobile trip)
  • Slippers
  • Binoculars


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses


  • Thick midlayer in fleece
  • Down jacket
  • Headlight
  • Reflective vest
  • Crampons/ice spikes
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What you should know
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