Svolvær, where it's located

The climate of Svolvær is subpolar oceanic, with cold winters and very cool summers.
The city is the administrative center of Lofoten, and is located on the island of Austvågøya, on the stretch of sea called Vestfjorden. Since we are at the 68th parallel, therefore north of the Polar Circle, the sun does not rise (polar night) from December 8th to January 5th, and does not set (midnight sun) from May 26th to July 18th. The white nights occur as early as April 16th and until August 28th.
The average temperature of the coldest month (February) is of -1.2 °C (30 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 13.5 °C (56 °F). In general, the temperature drops to -8/-10 °C (14/17 °F) on the coldest days, even though it dropped to -13 °C (8.5 °F) in January 1987, while it reached 29 °C (84 °F) in July 2018. Here are the average temperatures.
Svolvær - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-2-2-21591211841-1
Max (°C)1014812151511742
Min (°F)282828344148545246393430
Max (°F)343234394654595952453936

Precipitation amounts to 720 millimeters (28.3 inches) per year: so, it is at an intermediate level. It ranges from 35 mm (1.4 in) in the driest month (June) to 85 mm (3.3 in) in the wettest ones (January, October). Here is the average precipitation.
Svolvær - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)857060404535454070857075720
Prec.(in)3.32.82.41.61.81.41.81.62.83.32.8328.3
Days201817131612141415171517188

The sea temperature ranges between 5 °C (41 °F) and 12 °C (54 °F). So, it is cold all year round. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Svolvær - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)655569111211987
Temp (°F)434141414348525452484645

Svolvær

Best Time


The best time to visit Svolvær 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 at night.