North Cape, where it's located

The climate of the North Cape is subarctic, with very cold winters and very cool to quite cold summers.
The North Cape (Nordkapp in Norwegian) is located on the northern coast of the island of Magerøya, in Finnmark county, at the 71st parallel, so, much further north of the Arctic Circle. Consequently, the sun never rises (polar night) from November 20th to January 22nd, while you can watch the midnight sun from May 13th to July 31st, and the white nights from April 8th and, after the midnight sun, again until September 4th.
Given the position exposed to ocean currents, in winter the temperature only reaches -15/-17 °C (1/5 °F) on the coldest days, while in southern Finnmark the cold records are around -40 °C (-40 °F) or below. Even in the height of summer, there can be cold days, with highs around 7/8 °C (44/46 °F), in addition, the wind can increase the feeling of cold. In May (and October) it is normally cold, and sometimes it can snow.
The average temperature of the coldest months (January, February) is of -4 °C (25 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 10.5 °C (51 °F). Here are the average temperatures at the Helnes lighthouse, situated to the south-east, at another cape of the island.
North Cape - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-6-6-4-2258852-2-4
Max (°C)-2-2-11591312951-1
Min (°F)212125283641464641362825
Max (°F)282830344148555448413430

Precipitation amounts to 795 millimeters (31.3 inches) per year: so, it is at an intermediate level. It ranges from 40 mm (1.6 in) in the driest months (May, June) to 100 mm (3.9 in) in the wettest (December). Here is the average precipitation.
North Cape - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)9575656040404550608580100795
Prec.(in)3.732.62.41.61.61.822.43.33.13.931.3
Days18151514111091014181719170

The sea temperature ranges between 4 °C (39 °F) and 10 °C (50 °F). So, it is cold all year round. Despite the latitude, the sea does not freeze even in winter thanks to the Gulf Stream. Here are the average sea temperatures.
North Cape - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)5444579109766
Temp (°F)413939394145485048454343

North Cape

Best Time


The best time to visit the North Cape is the summer, in July and August, since they are the mildest months. However, you must take into account cloudy skies, some rain and a bit of cold.