Svalbard weather, climate and best time to visit

Best time to visit Svalbard

The best time to visit in Svalbard is from June until September, when you will have a very cold temperature, but limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in in Svalbard is 3°C in July and the lowest is -12°C in March. The weather and climate of Svalbard is suitable for a winter sports.

Svalbard has the tundra climate prevailing. If you want to know what the average temperature is in in Svalbard or when most precipitation (rain or snow) falls, you can find a quick overview below. This way, you are well prepared. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Average weather Svalbard by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) -9 -10 -12 -8 -2 1 3 3 1 -3 -7 -8
Precipitation (mm) 27 20 20 11 18 12 18 20 24 30 27 27
Climate data from city: Longyearbyen

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14 day weather forecast Svalbard

The weather for in Svalbard will be -9° till -2° degrees in the next 14 days with a few days chance of light rain showers or even quite a bit of rain.

The weather forecast for Svalbard is based on the weather conditions in the city of Longyearbyen.

Weather forecast this week

Saturday 23 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-9°
-12°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 1 m/s 1
Sunday 24 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-9°
-11°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 0
Monday 25 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-10°
-13°
0 cm 0.1 mm 10% 3 m/s 0
Tuesday 26 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-12°
-13°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 0
Wednesday 27 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-5°
-13°
1.0 cm 0.8 mm 75% 3 m/s 0
Thursday 28 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-5°
-8°
0 cm 0.8 mm 45% 5 m/s 0
Friday 29 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-6°
-8°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 3 m/s 0

Weather forecast next week

Saturday 30 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-4°
-8°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 3 m/s 0
Sunday 31 Oct Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-2°
-4°
4.0 cm 3.4 mm 90% 3 m/s 0
Monday 1 Nov Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-1°
-4°
1.1 cm 0.9 mm 75% 2 m/s 0
Tuesday 2 Nov Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-1°
-3°
6.4 cm 5.3 mm 95% 7 m/s 0
Wednesday 3 Nov Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-1°
-3°
0 cm 0.1 mm 20% 5 m/s 0
Thursday 4 Nov Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-2°
-3°
0 cm 1.6 mm 60% 5 m/s 0
Friday 5 Nov Snow Precip Chance Wind UV
-2°
-4°
0 cm 0 mm 0% 4 m/s 0

Climate Svalbard

Svalbard has the tundra climate prevailing. It is cold here all year round. The average annual temperature for Svalbard is -4° degrees and there is about 255 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 178 days a year with an average humidity of 90% and an UV-index of 2.

Climate table of Svalbard

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) -9 -10 -12 -8 -2 1 3 3 1 -3 -7 -8
Night temp. (°C) -14 -16 -18 -15 -7 -2 1 0 -3 -8 -12 -14
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 27 20 20 11 18 12 18 20 24 30 27 27
Days with rain 4 4 6 7 6 7 12 10 12 10 6 4
Days with snow 15 15 14 13 16 8 1 2 5 12 14 15
Dry days 12 9 11 10 9 15 18 19 13 9 10 12
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 0 1 5 5 0 0 0 2 6 2 0 0
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
UV-index 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1
Climate data from city: Longyearbyen

Svalbard weather by month

What is the average weather like in a given month for Svalbard? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Svalbard?

Svalbard lies in a straight line about 15,771 km from New Zealand (Wellington → Longyearbyen).

How long is the flight to Svalbard?

The flight time from Auckland Airport to Svalbard is approximately 19 h. 10 min.

How many inhabitants are there in Svalbard?

Svalbard has approximately 2,165 inhabitants.

How big is Svalbard?

The area of Svalbard is around 62,049 km². It is 4,5x smaller than New Zealand.

What is the capital of Svalbard?

The capital of Svalbard is Longyearbyen.

What is the area code of Svalbard?

The area code to call Svalbard is +47.