Kirkenes, where it's located

The climate of Kirkenes is cold continental, with freezing winters and mild summers.
The town is located in the extreme north-east of Norway, on the coast, but inside a fjord. Since we are at the 69th parallel, therefore north of the Polar Circle, the sun does not rise (polar night) from November 28th to January 15th, and does not set (midnight sun) from May 19th to July 25th. The white nights occur as early as April 12th and until August 31st.
During the coldest winters, the temperature dropped to -38 °C (-36.5 °F) in January 1985, and to -41.3 °C (-42.3 °F) in January 1999. In summer, the temperature reached 31 °C (88 °F) in August 2018.
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of -10.5 °C (13 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 12.4 °C (54 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Kirkenes - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-14-14-10-505984-1-8-12
Max (°C)-7-7-316121614103-2-5
Min (°F)7714233241484639301810
Max (°F)191927344354615750372823

Precipitation amounts to 460 millimeters (18.1 inches) per year: it is therefore quite scarce. It ranges from 20 mm (0.8 in) in the driest month (May) to 65 mm (2.6 in) in the wettest (July). Here is the average precipitation.
Kirkenes - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)353025252045656040453530460
Prec.(in)1.41.2110.81.82.62.41.61.81.41.218.1
Days9776689108109899

The sea temperature ranges between 3 °C (37 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F). So, it is cold all year round. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Kirkenes - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)4333469109765
Temp (°F)393737373943485048454341

Kirkenes

Best Time


The best time to visit Kirkenes is the summer, from June to August, since it is the mildest season. However, you must take into account cloudy skies, some rain and a bit of cold.