Weather and Climate in Vesterålen

Thanks to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, the climate in the area – and of the entire region – is much milder than in other areas sharing the same latitude, such as for example Greenland and the northern tip of Alaska.

What to wear

Typical for areas with a coastal climate, Vesterålen has relatively mild winters and moderately warm summers. The average temperature in the coldest month, February, is around minus two Celsius, while the average July temperature is 12-14 degrees. The highest temperature was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius - in July, which is the month of least precipitation. On the other hand, October is the month with most precipitation, and autumn is generally the rainiest season. The months with most snow are January-March. In December and parts of January, the sun does not appear above the horizon in Vesterålen. The dark season is fascinating in many ways, and the northern lights and special bluish hues play magically on the snow-covered landscape. Conversely, the sun never dips below the horizon during the period of 23 May – 23 July.

Recommended Outdoor Clothing, Winter

Your inner layer of clothing should consist of textiles that absorb sweat and keep the skin dry. Avoid cotton against your skin. The next layer should insulate, like wool, fleece, or down, for instance. Your outer layer of clothing protects you against wind and rain. Wear a windproof and water-resistant jacket and trousers. Avoid cotton trousers or jeans underneath. On your head: Fleece or woollen hats retain your body heat. On your hands: Mittens are best because your fingers "share a room". Fleece or wool underneath, windproof mittens on top. On your feet: Wool or fleece worn directly against the skin retain warmth and absorb moisture. Waterproof mountain boots are a good investment.

Recommended Outdoor Clothing, Summer

The weather in Vesterålen can be extremely changeable. Even though good, warm weather is forecast, wet and brisk intervals may occur. You should therefore bring along a windproof and water-resistant jacket and trousers. A thin hat or headband is a good idea for boat trips or mountain walks in case the weather gets a bit brisk. Bring thin gloves, too. They are good to have in case of chilly weather. Sturdy hiking boots also help to ensure a comfortable trip. 

Also do remember to check the weather out!

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