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Bring Exactly What You Need with this Norway Cruise Packing List

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Even if you’ve cruised before, Norway is a whole different animal: the weather is finicky at best and there’s a good chance you’ll fly a low-cost airline to get to your starting and ending ports, where every pound of baggage costs you.  That’s why I’ve compiled the perfect Norway cruise packing list for you.  It fits in a carry-on, yet has everything you need for a week onboard (or more, if you can wash things out in the sink or send it out for laundry).

midnight sun norway

What to Wear in Norway

When the weather changes in an instant, you’ll want to be prepared for everything from sun to rain or even snow — yup, I encountered snow in Norway on my June vacation although only because I roadtripped into the mountains!

snowpack in the mountains of geiranger norway

Thankfully, sporty wear is common all throughout Norway (with the exception of Oslo).  You’ll find function over fashion and as long as you’re somewhat neat and put together, there’s no issue wearing something casual.

girl wearing simple shirt and black pants in norway

If you retain nothing else from this Norway packing list, just remember this one thing: choose clothing made out of synthetic material instead of cotton.  It dries quicker for those sporadic rains, wicks moisture during hikes, and keeps you warmer for the temperatures at these higher latitudes.

The Perfect Norway Outfit

I start with a short-sleeve top, which is cool enough to stay comfortable in the midday sun or when you work up a sweat hiking, kayaking, or biking.  I like  Columbia Polo Shirts because the collar makes your outfit instantly look a little more put together, but you still get the performance of high-quality polyester.  [ SHOP WOMENS | SHOP MENS ]

I layer that with a  lightweight fleece jacket .  It’s cool in the morning, evening, and when you’re on the water — or just on the cool days that come around every so often.  Any brand will do, and if you don’t already have one at home, the Amazon Basics brand is surprisingly decent considering its low price. [ SHOP WOMENS | SHOP MENS ]

On the bottom, I always recommend long pants rather than shorts, ideally something made out of nylon or another synthetic material.  I’m obsessed with the Prana Pants I got last year — they move and stretch beautifully for hiking, but look nice enough that you can pull them off as real pants in restaurants or back onboard the cruise ship. [ SHOP WOMENS  “Halle” | SHOP MENS “Hendrixton”]

For all cool or damp destinations, I always recommend paying special attention to your feet. 

smartwool socks

A one-time investment in the right socks will protect you from blisters and keep you comfortable if/when your feet get cold and wet.  These days, I *only* travel with merino wool socks .  My personal favorite is the Smartwool brand because it’s not scratchy at all.  Yes, it’s expensive.  Yes, it’s worth it (plus it lasts forever, unlike cotton socks!).  [ SHOP SMARTWOOL ]

Do you need a winter coat on a Norway cruise? You’ll notice I don’t have a lot of cold weather gear on this list.  That’s because most Norway cruises are May – September, when the weather is mild and not super chilly.  On some days, it’s indisputably warm! Warm and sunny on my Pulpit Rock hike In Oslo, you can expect daytime temperatures of 60-75° Farenheit (15-24°C); further north in Alesund, it’s more like 50-60°F (other typical ports like Bergen, Stavanger, Geiranger, and Flam are in-between).  Mornings and evenings will be cooler, but it’s still summer and not freezing! That said, a hat and gloves are small and can easily fit in any suitcase for those “better safe than sorry” moments. Three scenarios for when you might want some extra layers: If you’re from a warm climate and are not used to cool-ish days If your Norwegian cruise takes you farther north to the Arctic Circle If you’re traveling in winter, early spring, or late fall Want specific recommendations on base layers?  Check out my winter packing tips  (opens in new window to read afterward).  

What to Wear Onboard Your Norway Cruise

Although dress codes vary by cruise line ( check yours !), generally speaking, Norway cruises are so active and tiring that guests stay pretty casual onboard.

On deck, for watching scenery, you’ll want to wear the same thing you’d wear outside in port.  I found it could be a little breezy as the ship was sailing, especially on higher decks, so you’ll definitely want a jacket or sweater (a hairband is also useful).  The good news is you can always duck inside if you need to warm up or grab another layer.

waterfall as seen from cruise ship deck

For informal nights at dinner, you can get by wearing your polo shirt and Prana pants, which saves you space packing.  Pack a nice sweater to layer with it, since the air conditioning can be intense on some ships.

Hint: wear the  next day’s  outfit at dinner so that it won’t be sweaty from a day’s worth of activities.  Since you’re only wearing it for a few hours, it should be fine to re-wear on your next day’s adventures.  Just hang it up after dinner to air out for the morning!

On formal nights, most guests don’t glitz up the way they used to.  Men, a dress shirt and slacks is adequate (a jacket and tie are optional on most ships).  Ladies, I love Betabrand’s reversible dresses so you can get two totally different outfits while only packing one wrinkle-free dress… get $15 off your order with my referral bonus .

three women in cocktail dresses

All the Clothing You’ll Need for a Norway Cruise

  • 7 Tops — ideally 5 short-sleeve, 1 tank, and 1 long-sleeve (change the tank to an extra long-sleeve in early or late season)
  • 2 Sweaters  — one casual fleece, one nicer sweater or cardigan for dinner
  • 3 Pants  — ideally 1 pair of my favorite Pranas, 1 pair of zip-offs for warm days, 1 pair of rainproof pants
  • 1 Formal Outfit  — yes, it’s okay to wear the same thing twice!
  • 1 Rainjacket  — the very best one you have
  • 1 Set of Base Layers (Long Underwear & Top)  — most people can skip this
  • 2 Pairs of Shoes  — hiking shoes/sneakers for touring and a pair of nicer shoes for dinner onboard
  • 7 Pairs of Underwear  — and 2 or 3 bras for the ladies
  • 7 Pairs of Socks
  • 1 Bathing Suit  — because the ship’s hot tub feels really good after an active day

norway cruise hot tub

Some Other Things You’ll Need on Your Norway Cruise Packing List

Sunglasses :  The sun reflects off the fjords and other bodies of water, so these are a must-have!

The Perfect Day Bag:  I swear by my Matador day bag — it holds just the right amount of stuff and when they say it’s waterproof, they really mean it.

matador daylite backpack

Reusable Water Bottle:  Norwegian tap water is safe to drink, so do the environment a favor and skip bottled water (not to mention, you’ll save on costs, which are sky-high in Norway!).  I also was thankful for my reusable travel mug, to drink hot tea on deck during scenic sails.

Sleep Mask:  Ever hear of the midnight sun?  It makes it hard to sleep, so you’ll want an eye mask to block out light unless you’ve booked an inside cabin.

International Adapter:  Not sure what type of outlets are in your cruise cabin?  No problem if you have a universal adapter (which can also be handy in your European hotel rooms).  Choose one with built-in USB outlets to charge multiple items simultaneously.

Ginger Chews:  Ironically, you probably won’t get seasick on your ship — most of the fjords you’re sailing through are relatively protected.  However, if you’re taking day trips on smaller boats or if you’re roadtripping through twisty mountain roads, these ginger chews can help with nausea without making you drowsy like pills do.

Other Norway  Tips

I’ve got tons of other resources to help fill in the blanks.

Are Packing Cubes Worth It?  

If you’re not used to packing carry-on only, one of my secret weapons is using packing cubes.  For one thing, they compress some air out which means you can fit more things in the same space.  Additionally, packing cubes can keep your things organized — which is a big help in tiny cruise cabins.

Staying Comfortable on Overnight Flights

Get my complete list of essentials for in-flight comfort.  Some of it overlaps with what you’ll need in Norway (like an eye mask and water bottle) although some of it is just for the plane.

6 Norwegian Fjords Cruise Tips: How to Cruise to Norway the Right Way  

Find out how to choose the perfect Norwegian cruise and how to make the most of your adventure!

Norway is Too Pretty for Words

Check out my favorite Norway photos and you’ll notice a mix of rain, clouds, and sun.

Print My Norway Packing List for Easy Reference

Need a handy checklist?  I’ve got you covered.  Just print this Norway cruise packing list and start preparing for an incredible trip!

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3 thoughts on “Bring Exactly What You Need with this Norway Cruise Packing List”

With a little pruning, I believe you have an excellent list. Ditch 5 shirts, formal outfit, 3 underwear, conditioner, soap, deodorant, aloe, cream, salves, ear plugs, camera and charger and all optional items (except hat/gloves/pen) and you’ll have all you need! Perhaps add some waterproof trousers if you intend to do any hiking.

@Fran, That’s a little too minimalist for me (I prefer not to do laundry while traveling whenever possible) but I’m glad you’ve got a list that works for you!

Ditto Becky. Your packing list sounds about right. I’m going to Iceland in August and I’ll probably take 3 pants/5 shirts for hiking and a few additional clothes for onboard the ship — black pants and sweater, 2 long sleeve knit dresses for dinner and some joggers/hoodies.

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What to pack for a Norwegian cruise

The four seasons in Norway are very distinct, so here are our packing tips for each season.

To make packing a bit easier, we have made a short list of recommendations of things to bring for all seasons along the Norwegian coast. This should be in addition to the basics.

But if you forget something, don't worry – our onboard shops carry a selected range of high-quality knitwear, clothing, souvenirs and gift items, as well as a small selection of toiletries. Note: the dress code on our ships is casual, so there’s no need to pack formal attire for dinner.

Year-round essentials

It is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. The air trapped in-between thin layers warms to your body’s temperature and acts as valuable insulation.

This should go over your under and mid layers.

Outer layers should be wind and waterproof to adapt to the changing conditions on the Norwegian coast.

You'll need a pair of worn-in walking boots to use outdoors, as well as some casual shoes for use onboard.

Pack an extra pair or two in your rucksack if you’re going out snowmobiling or dog sledging and your feet become damp or wet.

If you intend to use any sauna or hot tub facilities, you will need to pack a swimsuit.

Other items

The northern air is very dry, so you’ll need to pack plenty of lip balm.

What to pack for all seasons in Norway

Spring: cover all bases.

As you are likely to encounter three seasons during one sailing in spring, it’s important to pack well and layer up. We advise bringing a woollen jumper, warm socks, a thick scarf, winter boots, warm, waterproof trousers and jacket, a hat and gloves.

Summer: sunny attire

Summer weather along the coast can be changeable, so in addition to T-shirts, shorts and sandals, it’s wise to pack a warm jumper, light jacket (water-resistant), thin hat and gloves, and hiking shoes. You might also want to pack an eye mask, to help you sleep during the season of the Midnight Sun . 

Autumn: lots of layers

While the sun may be shining, you can also expect cooler weather during the autumn months. Make sure to pack thin layers and some warm clothes – a woolly jumper, wind and waterproof jacket and trousers, a hat, gloves and light hiking boots.

Winter: wrap up warm

It can get very cold along the coast during winter, so we recommend you pack base and mid layers, as well as a thick winter jacket,  wool or fleece  hat, balaclava/buff, gloves, woolly jumper, scarf, winter boots, and pull-on spikes (for sale on board). And remember the layer principle: it is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. 

In very cold weather, it’s a good idea to wear two pairs of gloves – one thick pair of mitts (mitts don’t separate the fingers so they keep your hands warmer) and a thin pair of gloves underneath that allow you the use of your fingers.  If  you’re  prone to cold extremities, you might also want to buy some carbon hand and foot warmers, which are available from  most good  outdoor shops.

What should I wear for hiking in Norway?

During your voyage, you can join one of our onshore hiking excursions . Hikes involve a high level of physical activity, on terrain that may often be uneven, slippery, and steep. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness and mobility, and the right gear too. 

Solid shoes will be key, but not new ones you’ve yet to use. A few layers of clothing are ideal, plus a wind and rainproof jacket with a hood, and a small backpack. Don’t worry about spikes, trekking poles, snowshoes, or headlamps. We’ll provide these free of charge when the season or weather calls for them.  

More information

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27 Top Norway Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

Norway

Norway is a remarkable country full of culture and nature. Whether it is exploring its stunning fjords or strolling through its colorful streets, Norway will never let you get bored.

Yet, packing for Norway requires some planning. This Scandinavian country is beautiful all year long, but its weather and climate can be a little unpredictable, which is why we also included a section on what to wear in Norway . This can depend on which extraordinary Norwegian site you choose to visit! With this solid packing list, you will fit in right with the weather-abiding Norwegians. Get ready to enjoy every second and every inch of your Norwegian adventure!

27 Top Norway Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

What to Pack for Norway – 27 Essentials

1. water bottle with built-in filter.

A trip to Norway is typically very active. You need to stay hydrated when exploring! This reusable water bottle is an easy addition to any daypack. Norway is known for its high-quality tap water, especially in its major cities. But, there are still remote places where a water filter would be handy such as hiking, boating between islands, or being away from the mainland. This bottle is BPA-free and filters your water for the cleanest taste!

Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

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2. Packing Cubes

You will most likely need to wear layers in Norway. These cubes make separating and organizing all your clothing items simple. As an innovation in organizing, these cubes keep your liquids packed safely and separate your pants, shirts, socks, essentials, and more. Each cube even comes with a customizable label so you don’t have to dump everything in the hotel room or suffer a suitcase explosion looking for things. They also help protect your other items from any potential spill and seamlessly fit into any kind of luggage.

packing cubes

3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Staying connected while traveling is much safer with a VPN. Instead of relying on just unsecure public WiFis, NordVPN provides constant protection by setting up a private server. This keeps all your sensitive information safe, from credit cards to social security numbers,. Also, a VPN is set up in your home country, giving you complete access to sites available there, no matter where you travel.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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4. Neck Wallet

This brilliant neck wallet comes with us on all our trips, even to the safest destinations like Norway. Not only does it fit and protect all your valuables (i.e. your phone, credit cards, passports, cash, and keys) from theft, but it also decreases the chances of you misplacing any of these essential items during the chaos of travel.

Neck Wallet

5. Jet Lag Relief

We know that time changes are not always easy to adjust to. If traveling from the U.S., Norway can be at least a 6-hour time difference. That is a quarter of a day! Fighting jet lag will help you get your exciting trip started faster. This mild remedy offers support before you even land, helping you save energy and be ready for your adventure to come.

jet lag relief

6. Travel Insurance for Norway

Travel insurance is one of those things that many people forgo, but this is a mistake that can cost you hundreds of thousands in the wrong situation. We’ve had a friend break their wrist on a hike through Europe, and travel insurance covered her against the $35K airlift and nearly $10K medical bill.

We highly recommend Faye because they are revolutionizing the insurance process. Through their easy-to-use app, you can swiftly receive payment when you need it most for theft, lost luggage, cancelations, and medical emergencies (instead of waiting months and doing paperwork that may or may not pay-off!) It’s more affordable than suffering mistakes on your trip, and you can add-on the ability to ‘cancel for any reason.’

Faye Travel Insurance

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7. Power Adapter for Norway

This is a practical tool for all travel. Every country has unique electrical outlets. Norway typically uses a type f or type c plug. Either way, this universal adapter allows you to charge your electronics safely, no matter where you are. And it is equipped with two USB ports, for a more versatile and efficient charging experience.

Power Adapter for Norway

8. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

Norway’s many islands increase your chances of getting splashed at least once. A travel towel is a simple and lightweight accessory to bring wherever you go. It dries quickly and will not weigh you down, no matter the adventure. Also, the summer months provide opportunities for whimsical swims. A travel towel will help you dry off, even if it is after a random rain shower.

Quick-Dry Travel Towel

9. Wool Socks

Norway can be chilly. Your feet are one of your most important assets when exploring. Keeping them warm and comfy will guarantee your excursions stay fun. These socks are moisture-wicking, shielding your feet from unnecessary moisture. These socks are great for controlling any potential odor and keeping your feet happy, no matter the temperature.

Wool Socks

10. Windproof Travel Umbrella

It can get very rainy in Norway, especially in the Springtime. The country is notorious for its random downpours. A travel umbrella is a necessary addition to your packing list to keep you comfortable and dry. Its compact body is effortless to carry either around your wrist or in your daypack. This way, you will fit in with the Norwegians, who are always prepared for inclement weather!

Hero Umbrella

11. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

Visiting stunning sites in Norway will definitely have you taking a lot of photos and videos. Whether it’s your phone or camera, you do not want to miss a chance to capture a once-in-a-lifetime moment. This small portable charger ensures you have constant charge all day long for GPS or to call for an Uber as needed. It is a lightweight and easy addition to any excursion.

Lipstick-Sized Charger

12. Discounted Tickets on Norwegian Tours

Your getaway is the sum of your experiences, so book the best local tours through Get Your Guide Booking service. They offer affordable and authentic excursions while still providing flexible cancelation options.

While in Norway, cruise through the Lofoten Islands , explore the Oslo Fjord , and experience the beauty of UNESCO world heritage site, Geiranger . Whether you’re savoring the Northern Lights from the mountain tops or Whale-Watching along the coast, there is so much beauty to take in through the Scandanivian landscapes.

Discounted Tickets on Norwegian Tours

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13. Ultralight Backpack

This daypack is a must for your trip. No matter where you venture in Norway, there will be a lot of walking and hiking. A spacious and lightweight backpack is a necessity. This one is light and water-resistant, meaning all your things can stay dry when the rain strikes. Also, this day pack is foldable, making it a great accessory to pack in your luggage if you already have enough carry-on bags.

Ultralight Backpack

14. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

We always travel with luggage locks after unfortunately having something stolen out of our checked suitcase. These are TSA-approved, so security won’t have to cut them off, and we typically bring a couple of sets for backpacks, luggage, lockers, etc.

luggage locks

15. Activated Charcoal

Norway has some delicious foods to try, but you never know when stomach trouble can strike, especially when trying new cuisines or foreign water with unfamiliar bacteria. Charcoal is a natural detoxifier to have on you at all times. It naturally removes the toxins and pathogens from your body to keep you on your feet! You wouldn’t want a stomach ache to stop you from exploring the impressive Norwegian sites.

Activated Charcoal

16. Waterproof Phone Case

Did we mention that Norway is made up of thousands of islands? That means a lot of water! Many of the best excursions will be spent cruising around the islands on ferries and sailboats, so having a waterproof case for your phone is quintessential. Add on a flotation strap so it doesn’t fall deep into the water or become unretrievable if you accidentally drop it in.

waterproof phone pouch

17. Motion Sickness Patches

If you suffer from sea sickness or get nauseous on windy roads, these motion sickness patches will serve you well! Since you’ll probably be boating around the Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, or Norway’s 65,000+ lakes (on smaller vessels that can be extra bouncy). Even if you’re on a Baltic cruise on a stable ship, these are great for windy roads through the rugged mountains and scattered plains.

Motion Sickness Patches

18. Touch Screen Winter Gloves

Norwegian weather can be very brisk, particularly in the evening. A reliable pair of winter gloves will keep your fingers protected. We suggest touchscreen gloves so that you can remain active despite any cold temperatures. The gloves have touch-screen sensitive fingertips so that you can capture epic photos without taking your gloves off.

Touch Screen Winter Gloves

19. Hand & Foot Warmers

Add these to your gloves and socks for a burst of warmth from the inside out! Hand and foot warmers are a brilliant addition to any packing list where your destination is cold. From chilly hikes to evening strolls, you will be glad to have a tiny furnace in your jacket pocket or boots to reignite you when you’re on the brink of freezing!

Hand & Foot Warmers

20. Sleep Mask

The daylight hours can seem neverending during Norwegian summers. Some days can have up to 19 hours of sunlight! This makes a sleeping mask absolutely essential for your Norwegian adventure. Also, flights to Norway can be long for many travelers. A sleeping mask is a great tool to improve your quality of rest when in transit and help you maintain your natural circadian rhythm.

Sleep Mask

21. Packable Rain Jacket

A waterproof rain jacket is useful no matter where you travel. You’re likely to see rain and snow in Norway, so having apparel that doesn’t soak you to the bone is in your best interest. Something like this can easily be rolled up and stored in a light backpack or daybag, and you’ll never be sorry you had it. It even kept strong winds out for us. We’ve found it to be a great purchase.

Packable Rain Jacket

22. Thermal Base-Layers

Base layers are fantastic for having basic chill-breakers. These aren’t the warmest ever, but they’re super comfy and perfect for autumn or wearing multiple layers in the winter. These have the warmth of wool without the bulk, they’re lightweight but quick-drying, moisture-wicking but breathable. You really can’t ask for more, and you may want them to double as sleepwear.

Thermal Base-Layers

23. Hanging Toiletry Bag

European bathrooms are notorious for being skimpy on the space. Norwegian bathrooms will generally lack storage or countertop room to spread out your toiletries. Bring along this hanging toiletry bag which turns any door, hook, or pole into an immediate fold-out shelf. It will help you maintain your routine (and your sanity!) , especially if cruising through the Baltic region with a 25-sq. ft. bathroom.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

24. Waterproof Hiking Boots

Hiking boots will be so valuable for any outdoor excursions. Even if you’re staying in larger cities like Oslo and Bergen, these waterproof hiking boots will be great for repelling city grime and moisture. Columbia is our favorite adventure apparel brand because their pieces are designed to last. The link below are for men, and here’s an equally stylish pair of hiking boots for women .

Hiking Boots

25. European Phone SIM Card

Avoid being price-gauged by your phone provider, even though they take joy in sticking you with high roaming rates and crazy international fees. This SIM card gives you a local phone number with 120 minutes of call time and 1,000 texts in 30 European countries. It’s great for hopping around the continent and can be easily activated once you land in your new destination.

European Phone SIM Card

26. DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellant

Norway is a country that prioritizes environmental protection. This DEET-free insect repellant spray prevents any uncomfortable insect bites while also having zero effects on the environment. This makes adventures through natural wonders more carefree. The spray comes in a large enough size to keep everyone on your trip protected from bites and can be reapplied since it’s non-toxic.

DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellant

27. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

While you’ll always come across some tacky souvenirs, Norway offers so many beautiful authentic finds! It’s famous for goods like wool clothes, outdoor gear, Viking gifts, handmade art, Christmas ornaments , Norwegian chocolate, and more. This “just in case” bag is ideal for any shopping you do along the way in case there’s not enough room in your OG suitcase. It’s virtually weightless when empty but can be filled with treats since it counts as your personal item for the flight home!

Packable “Just in Case” Bag

Other Norway Packing List Items Not to Forget

  • Travel Pillow
  • Neck Pillow
  • Camping Tent
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Pain Relievers
  • Child’s Rain Jacket
  • Water Bladder
  • Waterproof Socks
  • Compression Flight Socks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Collapsible Hiking Poles
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Reef-Safe Sunscreen
  • Travel Moisturizers
  • Travel-sized Toothpaste
  • Steripod Toothbrush Cover
  • Toiletry Bag
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Headlamp Flashlight
  • Portable Charger
  • Copies of documents
  • Travel Document Organizer
  • Norwegian Krone (local currency)
  • Credit/ Debit Cards A good book

What to Wear When Visiting Norway

Woman on boat in Norway

Women should prioritize the seasons when choosing what to wear in Norway. For the most part, Norway is chilly and damp. This means you should choose water-resistant clothes that are stylish, but also insulated.

When it comes to the colder months, especially for those eager to see the Northern lights, layers are key. Thermals and a water-repelling parka are staples to wear. Both will ensure your core stays warm at all times. These should be paired with water-resistant pants and shirts. To finish off your outfit, waterproof hiking boots and warm knit socks will keep your feet comfortable at all times. And, don’t forget a reliable winter hat to make sure your ears and head stay warm.

Warmer weather allows a little more flexibility in outfit choices. Always bring along a lightweight waterproof jacket or your favorite raincoat. A stylish outfit is always great, as long as it’s water-resistant. Instead of leather accessories, opt for those made of more weatherproof fabric. For more active days, a sporty long sleeve t-shirt and soft jeans are an excellent match. If doing more simple city-strolling, you can even slip on a cute long sleeve dress with sandals or sneakers. What MEN Should Wear in Norway: – (Click to expand) Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to Amazon.com for your convenience).

Underwear Thermal

Men should always dress for the weather. This will depend on when you visit Norway and what you hope to explore there. Above all, men should bring clothes that are lightweight and water-resistant.

Cold temperatures are common in Norway. To feel comfortable and warm, men should always pack a waterproof parka, hat, and socks. This will keep all your limbs warm and comfortable so that you can stay super active. Underneath your parka, thermals and activewear are great go-to’s. If venturing to more cold and snowy areas, a pair of snow pants are an absolute must.

Packing for the Seasons in Norway

Winter (december – march).

The winter months in Norway are dark and chilly. Darkness can last the entire day. Thermals are an absolute necessity to maintain warmth at all times. You can easily layer these with a lightweight sweater and water-resistant pants. Accessories are also key. Gloves, a wool scarf, and socks will sustain your body temperature, especially during long outdoor excursions.

Spring (April – May)

Spring weather is pretty moderate in Norway. Keeping yourself dry is key in your outfit choices due to two main reasons. One, there is a lot of snow melting. And, it rains year-round in Norway. Make sure you wear waterproof socks and durable shoes. You will be on your feet a lot on your Norwegian adventure. Also, a lightweight rain jacket is great to wear or store in your day pack. Remember to choose a day pack that is waterproof and lightweight to keep all your belongings safe and dry.

Summer (June – August)

Summer months bring the longest and warmest days to Norway. Lots of sunlight means you will need your sunglasses. You can rely on cotton t-shirts (either plain or button up) with shorts or jeans. You can even throw a bathing suit in your day pack if warm temperatures are expected. It is always wise to pack a cute raincoat to match your outfits. It can still rain sporadically; this will especially depend on where you are in Norway.

Fall/Autumn (September – November)

The Fall is the wettest of months in Norway. You will experience a range of temperatures so it is best to check the forecast. In September, you can still enjoy summer temperatures. You should wear short sleeve t-shirts with shorts or jeans. Always bring along a lightweight rain jacket in your bag in case you get stuck in the rain. As October sets in, winter temperatures will arrive quickly. Accessories will help you here. Wool beanies, socks, and scarves will keep you warm during active adventures. Don’t forget a reliable pair of waterproof hiking boots for optimal comfort no matter the occasion!

Northern Lights: When getting ready to see the Northern Lights, you must remember that you will be near the Arctic! Layers will be your best friend to keep you warm. Slipping on thermals underneath your clothes will guarantee warmth. From there, you can slip on warm layers with your own style in mind. You will be taking some photos and having on a stylish outfit does help. Also, a reliable pair of touch screen gloves will help you to take photos while keeping your fingers cozy.

City Strolling: Norway has some super charming cities. Urban style in Norway is known for its minimalism. Dressing simply, but with your own flair is the best way to go. Button-up shirts and jeans are a very reliable combo. Also, you should always have your favorite raincoat on hand, in case there is random rainfall. A casual tote bag is always useful, especially if planning to go shopping. There are plenty of shops and markets to explore. This eliminates your need for disposable bags, supporting Norway’s eco-friendly focus.

Scenic Drive: One of the best ways to explore Norway’s fjords is by car. You can see the natural wonders and innovative architecture of the country. Jeans and a t-shirt are simple options to keep comfortable in the car. You should pair this with supportive sneakers for optimal mobility and safety while driving. When driving in warmer months, you should bring along a bathing suit, flip flops, and a travel towel. You never know when you will take a whimsical swim!

Sailing: Traveling along the fjords by boat is a magical experience. It allows you to truly capture the essence of the Norwegian islands. No matter the temperature, the sun can be bright and strong while sailing. You should always wear clothing that guarantees UV protection and dries quickly. A breathable rain jacket and comfy sweater are great to wear. We suggest bringing your dry bag to carry your reef-safe sunscreen and sunglasses.

What NOT to Bring When Visiting Norway:

1. don’t bring non-supportive shoes, 2. don’t pack deep v-neck shirts, 3. don’t bring leather clothing and accessories, 4. don’t bring suede shoes, 5. don’t bring hairdryer, 6. don’t bring u.s. currency, 7. don’t bring euros, 8. don’t bring snorkeling gear, 1. faqs to know when visiting norway.

In Norway, they speak Norwegian. But, don’t fret – almost everyone speaks fluent English.

2. What currency do they take in Norway?

The Norwegian Krone (NOK.)

3. What is the main airport in Norway?

The main and largest airport is in Oslo, the capital of Norway. There are also international airports in Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Ålesund, Haugesund, and Sandefjord. Deciding which airport will depend on what your travel itinerary looks like.

4. What cities should I visit in Norway?

There are plenty of cities to see in Norway. You simply need to determine what city vibe you are searching for. Oslo is the biggest and most metropolitan city. There is also Bergen, the second-largest city, that showcases vibrant Norwegian culture while also providing easy access to the fjords. Finally, there is Ålesund. This smaller city boasts beautiful views and an incredible art scene.

5. What are fjords?

These are narrow bodies of water that separate the large mountainous islands in Norway. They make up the valley between the mountains.

6. How safe is Norway?

Norway is extremely safe. When visiting more crowded and touristic areas, however, you should be careful of pickpocketers.

7. What is Norwegian food like?

Norwegian food is very seafood driven (the country is made of over 50,000 islands!) The most popular fish you will find are herring (slid,) trout (orett,) and the iconic smoked salmon. The country is also famous for its delicious berries, served fresh or as jam. Also, do not miss out on Norwegian dairy. The country’s unique brown cheese (brunost) is a must-try on local bread.

8. Can you camp in Norway?

Yes. There are many places to camp. It is always advised to look up the local rules in the area you intend to camp.

9. What time of year do you see the Northern Lights?

Typically, the Northern Lights can be seen between September and April. With more extended periods of darkness during the winter months, you will have much better visibility of the lights. Also, the best exact times will depend on where you are located.

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What to pack for a Norwegian cruise

The four seasons in norway are very distinct, so here are our packing tips for each season..

To make packing a bit easier, we have made a short list of recommendations of things to bring for all seasons along the Norwegian coast. This should be in addition to the basics.

But if you forget something, don't worry – our onboard shops carry a selected range of high-quality knitwear, clothing, souvenirs and gift items, as well as a small selection of toiletries.

Note: the dress code on our ships is casual, so there’s no need to pack formal attire for dinner.

Year-round essentials

Warm underlayers and mid layers: It is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. The air trapped in-between thin layers warms to your body’s temperature and acts as valuable insulation.

Wool sweater or fleece: This should go over your under and mid layers.

Wind and waterproof jacket and pants: Outer layers should be wind and waterproof to adapt to the changing conditions on the Norwegian coast.

Footwear: You'll need a pair of worn-in walking boots to use outdoors, as well as some casual shoes for use onboard.

Cotton socks: Pack an extra pair or two in your backpack if you’re going out snowmobiling or dog sledging and your feet become damp or wet.

Swimwear: If you intend to use any sauna or hot tub facilities, you will need to pack a swimsuit.

Other items

Passport and/or ID card (this also applies to Scandinavian citizens)

Camera and memory card

Sun protection: SPF, hat, sunglasses

Lip salve: The northern air is very dry, so you’ll need to pack plenty of lip balm.

What to pack for each season in Norway

Spring: cover all bases.

As you are likely to encounter three seasons during one sailing in spring , it’s important to pack well and layer up. We advise bringing a wool jumper, warm socks, a thick scarf, winter boots, warm, waterproof pants and jacket, a hat and gloves.

Summer: sunny attire

Summer weather along the coast can be changeable, so in addition to T-shirts, shorts and sandals, it’s wise to pack a warm jumper, light jacket (water-resistant), thin hat and gloves, and hiking shoes. You might also want to pack an eye mask, to help you sleep during the season of the  Midnight Sun . 

Fall: lots of layers

While the sun may be shining, you can also expect cooler weather during fall . Make sure to pack thin layers and some warm clothes – a woolly jumper, wind and waterproof jacket and pants, a hat, gloves and light hiking boots.

Winter: wrap up warm

It can get very cold along the coast during winter, so we recommend you pack base and mid layers, as well as a thick winter jacket, wool or fleece hat, balaclava/buff, gloves, woolly jumper, scarf, winter boots, and pull-on spikes (for sale on board). And remember the layer principle: it is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. 

In very cold weather, it’s a good idea to wear two pairs of gloves – one thick pair of mitts (mitts don’t separate the fingers so they keep your hands warmer) and a thin pair of gloves underneath that allow you the use of your fingers. If you’re prone to cold extremities, you might also want to buy some carbon hand and foot warmers, which are available from most good outdoor shops.

What should I wear to go hiking in Norway?

During your voyage, you can join one of our onshore hiking  excursions . Hikes involve a high level of physical activity, on terrain that may often be uneven, slippery, and steep. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness and mobility, and the right gear too. 

Solid shoes will be key, but not new ones you’ve yet to use. A few layers of clothing are ideal, plus a wind and rainproof jacket with a hood, and a small backpack. Don’t worry about spikes, trekking poles, snowshoes, or headlamps. We’ll provide these free of charge when the season or weather calls for them.

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What to pack for a norwegian fjords cruise (packing list + tips).

Taking a cruise to Norway and not sure what to pack? That sounds just like me before my cruise. Now I’ve been and returned I’ve put together this guide on what to pack for a Norwegian Fjords cruise so you know what to take and what to leave at home.

A cruise around the Norwegian Fjords is one of those dream holidays. The scenery is breathtaking and there are many incredible activities and scenic tours on offer at each port.

Coupled with the very changeable weather you can get in the fjords, it’s not a surprise you might be wondering what to pack.

Obviously, you don’t want to overpack. I mean, who wants to lug a suitcase round full of things you mostly won’t use? Plus there may be limited storage space in your cabin.

Yet, you’ll want to have enough of the right things to have a great cruise, whatever weather is thrown at you.

It’s definitely a challenge packing for this type of cruise. You need to prepare for all eventualities but it needn’t be as difficult as you think.

In this guide, I’ll share details of what I packed for my cruise around the fjords alongside some items I wished I had taken.

Hindsight is a great thing eh?

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What to wear on a Norwegian Fjord Cruise

I’ve tried to avoid simply listing out what items of clothing you should take as I think everyone knows the basics and you know what you like to wear.

What I have listed are things you should consider taking and why. Not all of these items will be for you as it very much depends on what you plan to do on your cruise.

Do have lots of shore excursions or activities booked? Or do you plan to spend most of your time onboard the ship taking in the scenery?

When thinking about what to pack, keep that in mind. It will make it a little bit easier to decide what to take and what to leave behind.

Layers, layers and more layers

If there was only one piece of advice I could give when packing for a Norwegian Fjords cruise, it would be this – layer up.

In fact, this applies to all Norway cruises. Whether you are sticking to the fjords or travelling further along the coast.

You never quite know what you are going to get, weather-wise, in Norway and it’s not uncommon to get four seasons in a day. You could start the day in your winter woollies and end it in your bikini.

Well, that’s probably a bit extreme but you get the picture. The weather is very changeable.

In the fjords, you can have snow, rain, wind and sun all within a few hours of each other.

If you plan to spend a lot of time on deck, particularly when cruising the fjords then you’ll want clothes that will keep you warm and dry, if the weather is not great.

Especially if you are up early for the morning sail-in. By layering, you can remove items as the day heats up.

Think of items of clothing like vests, t-shirts, thin long-sleeved tops and fleeces that you can put on top of each other.

Of course, I never followed my own advice. I checked the forecast the week before I travelled and it looked a bit sunny and warm. However, when I had visited glaciers and fjords in other parts of the world previously, it was quite chilly when you reached them so I packed my jumpers.

Turned out I hit the weather jackpot in Stavanger and Olden. While the early morning sail-in was quite cold, the day warmed up quickly.

A balmy 24 degrees was reached on the bridge of the cruise ship I was on when docked in Olden. I don’t think the temperature dropped much below that up on top of the mountains either.

I totally overheated in my jumper, so much so I’m surprised I didn’t melt the snow that was still on top of Mount Hoven.

A lesson learnt…

Being able to layer clothes comes in handy onboard too. I found the cruise ship I was on was quite warm so I mostly wore thin jumpers or t-shirts.

I had a fleece if I wanted to go out on deck. It’s easier to take things off as you heat up then sit there sweating in one heavy item of clothing.

Comfortable shoes

Whether you plan to do some shore excursions, explore independently or maybe just relax on the ship, you’ll most likely be doing a fair bit of walking.

A comfy pair of shoes is a must as you’ll be on your feet a lot.

If you plan to do any hikes, such as the climb to Pulpit Rock, or long walks then you may wish to bring some walking shoes.

On my cruise, I did a couple of excursions which included a bit of walking. I just had normal trainers on and they were fine.

However, if you think you might do some more involved activities then it is worth checking what footwear is recommended.

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Warm hat and gloves

I know it perhaps seems strange to recommend taking a winter hat and gloves on a summer holiday but trust me they will probably come in handy. It might also be worth popping a scarf in too, just in case.

The ship will sail into the fjords early in the morning so if you plan to get up and enjoy the spectacular scenery, it may be much colder than you expect.

Even in the summer, it can be quite chilly on deck. Especially if it is a bit breezy too, the wind cuts right through you.

I got up at 4.30am for the cruise along the Nordfjord and Innvikfjorden to Olden. While it was a lovely sunny morning with clear blue skies, it was absolutely freezing at times and quite breezy.

I had thermal leggings on under my jeans and a fleece under my jacket. I was very glad I had chucked my winter hat in my suitcase at the last minute and regretted not bringing some gloves as well.

This was in June believe it or not. Although that is not the height of summer, I was still a bit surprised at how cold it was early in the morning.

Hat and gloves may come in handy on shore excursions too. If you are going to view glaciers or heading up to the tops of mountains, and the weather isn’t great, the temperature might be cooler than you’d expect.

Waterproof jacket (and umbrella)

While we all wish for fabulous weather, or at least for it to stay dry while on holiday, there is a chance it will be a bit rainy and damp at times. Particularly when cruising the fjords. They see a LOT of rain.

Packing a waterproof jacket means you can still get out and about to explore the ports of call without worrying about getting soaked.

Fortunately, I had no rain on my cruise but I did pack a lightweight wind and waterproof jacket which was perfect for the early morning sail along the fjords.

Outdoor gear

If you are planning some activities such as hiking or kayaking, then you should consider bringing some outdoor gear. Or check with your activity or tour operator what, if anything, they will provide

If you are just strolling around the ports, then your usual clothes and footwear will suffice. However, if you plan some long walks or hikes then it is worth thinking about bringing some walking shoes.

That said, I did the walk to the Briksdal Glacier in jeans and trainers and it was fine. I walk a lot so didn’t find it overly strenuous (or hard on the feet) but if you are less mobile it might be an idea to take a ‘troll car’. These buggy- type vehicles drop you near the glacier viewpoint (around 10 minutes away) cutting out most of the walk.

Formal wear (or party wear)

Most cruises to the Norwegian Fjords will have one formal night. This could be a black tie evening or a celebration or chic night when you get to put on your finest party wear.

If the formal night is not for you, don’t worry. There will still be bars and restaurants you can use which don’t follow the formal dress code.

Check with your cruise line to confirm what type of night they will be holding and the required dress code.

A cruise to the Norwegian Fjords is quite fast-paced, you’ll have at least three or four port stops, with plenty of opportunities to get some walking exercise in as you explore the local area.

However, if the gym is your thing, there will still be time to get a workout or two in.

Most cruise ships have a gym and some will also offer exercise classes. Gyms usually open early and close late so you can get a workout in before or after a port day. Or you can save it for a sea day.

Some ships also have running/jogging tracks on deck. So pack your trainers as there is no excuse to not get your daily steps in.

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Most cruise ships have a couple of pools and hot tubs so if you think you’d like to use them, pack your swimming costume.

If you are lucky with the weather, you might get the chance to spend a day by the deck pools so it is a good idea to have your swimwear with you just in case.

What to take on a Norwegian Fjords Cruise

Sunglasses and sunscreen.

While it’s true that it does rain a lot in the fjords, you might get lucky and have some sunny days.

If the forecast for your trip is for sunny weather, don’t forget to pop in the sunscreen. Go for one with a high SPF as the sun can be quite fierce.

I never thought I’d get slightly sunburnt in Norway but I did.

The light can be quite harsh too so it is worth packing your sunglasses to take the edge off.

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If you think you’d like to sit on your balcony (or on deck) and look out for wildlife then make sure you bring your binoculars.

You’ll most likely have a sea day getting to and from the fjords so that is an opportunity to keep an eye out for any sea life including dolphins.

Once you arrive in Norway, you’ll be able to use your binoculars to get a closer look as you sail along the fjords.

What tech should I pack?

Camera and your phone.

If there is one thing you can guarantee on cruises to the fjords it is that you’ll probably end up taking a lot of photos. The views truly are spectacular.

These days it’s almost a given that most people have mobile phones and usually a camera on them. Before leaving, check how much space you have left on your device.

You don’t want to get to the fjords, get your phone out to snap an incredible shot only to discover your phone has no room to store any more photos.

If you have a camera (well, one not attached to a phone), don’t forget to make sure you have enough memory cards. Think about taking a large capacity card or maybe a few smaller capacity ones.

Trust me, you’ll want to take lots of photos of the fabulous scenery and of course your time on the ship.

Charges for your phone, camera and other devices

With the number of devices, we all have these days, it is surprisingly easy to forget to pack chargers.

Many cruise ships have shops onboard that stock electronic items including chargers however, these can sell out quick.

So do a quick double-check of your chargers before leaving home.

It is also an idea to have extra batteries or maybe a portable charger so you can recharge on the go. You may have long days off the ship so your battery could run down if you are taking lots of photos or updating your social media channels.

You don’t want to get to the end of the day and not be able to take a photo of the amazing view because your phone is dead.

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Electrical adapters

Not tech as such I guess but the cruise line you are travelling with may not have the same type of plugs as your home country. So, check in advance if you need to take any adaptors.

You may be able to purchase adapters on board but you don’t want to rely on that, in case they are not available or sold out.

It would be a long week without being able to charge your phone or camera.

Miscellaneous items to pack

Reusable water bottle.

Many ships have water stations for you to refill your water bottle and help reduce the use of plastic bottles.

You can refill before heading out in port or on a shore excursion and save yourself having to buy a drink during the day. Or you can refill and have some water with you as you explore the ship.

Your favourite toiletries

Your cruise cabin will come with toiletries in the bathroom. This is usually soap, shower gel and shampoo. Conditioner and body lotion are sometimes provided as well, although on some cruise lines you have to ask your cabin steward for this.

If you don’t want to go without your favourite brands, then you can bring them along. To avoid any spillage or leaks either pack them in your hand luggage or make sure they are securely sealed before putting them in your suitcase.

Your lips and skin can dry out more than you expect on a cruise holiday.

I didn’t take any lip balm with me and really regretted it. Especially after spending four hours out on deck in the wind. Next cruise, whether it is back to the fjords or not, I’ll be popping some in my bag.

If you are in an inside cabin you won’t need to worry about this as it will be plenty dark in there. However, if you are in a balcony or sea view cabin you may notice it doesn’t get fully dark at night.

Depending on when you go you might find it barely gets dark at all. I went in June and while I don’t think we reached as far north to get the full midnight sun, it was pretty close.

When I closed my cabin curtains there was a faint light around the edges so you could tell it was not dark outside.

If you are a sensitive sleeper and need your room to be completely dark, consider taking some blackout sleep masks.

If you are a light sleeper, then pack some ear plugs just in case. This will help you sleep through any potential noise disturbances, such as engine sounds, rough weather or people just being a little loud in the corridors.

Alarm clock

Alarm clocks are generally not provided in cabins. At least I’ve never seen one yet.

If would like to get up early to enjoy the sail along the fjords, or have shore excursions booked and don’t want to miss the meet-up time, then bring an alarm clock with you.

Alternatively, you can use the alarm on your phone. Just make sure you don’t run out of battery overnight.

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Towel Clips

While a cruise around the Norwegian Fjords is not really one for sunbathing you may wish to chill out on a sun lounger every now and then. Particularly if you get lucky with the weather.

Bringing along a couple of towel clips means you can secure a towel to your lounger. Something you’ll be very grateful for if it is a bit breezy. It also gives you a way to identify your lounger or chair in a sea of them.

However, be considerate to your fellow passengers and don’t be one of those people that puts a towel (and clips) down and disappear for hours on end.

Alcohol or soft drinks

Many cruise lines let you bring limited alcohol on board for you to enjoy in your cabin.

So, if you fancy sitting on your balcony enjoying a drink while sailing along the fjords, you can bring your favourite bottle of wine or champagne to sip as you take in the scenery.

Soft drinks are usually unlimited but check with your cruise line to confirm.

Norwegian fjords packing tips

Now, that you have an idea of what you should think about packing for your Norwegian Fjords cruise, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to make packing a little easier.

Use packing cubes

I discovered packing cubes when I was backpacking 20 years ago and never looked back.

They are a great space saver and help to keep your clothes organised in your luggage.

As there can be limited storage in cruise cabins, particularly when a few of you are sharing, packing cubes give you a bit more storage space.

They make it very quick to unpack too. On my last cruise, I just placed my packing cubes with all my tops in on the wardrobe shelves and job done.

Hand luggage

When you arrive at the port and drop your suitcases off, it could be some time before you see them again. They’ll turn up at your cabin, like magic, later in the day.

In the meantime, you’ll need some bits with you to get you through the first few hours on board. Give some thought about the kind of things you think you would need and then pack them in your carry-on bag.

Things like your travel documents, medications, any expensive tech devices and any valuable personal items should be in your hand luggage rather than your checked case.

Read more | What to pack in your carry-on bag (packing list + tips)

The last word

Hopefully, you now have an idea of what to pack for a Norwegian Fjords cruise. With a little bit of thought and a quick check of the weather forecast, you’ll be good to go.

If there is anything you think I’ve forgotten let me know in the comments below.

Have a great cruise!

More information on Norway…

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Hi Emma, thanks for the tips. Just wondering what the dress code is for a regular evening (not celebration night). Is it still quite formal, dresses etc? We are going in 3 weeks and cannot wait. Your tips have definitely helped ease the stress of packing x

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Hi Katie. I’d say smart casual mostly. Didn’t see many formal dresses on regular nights on the two cruises I have done on Iona. Think more of a night out at a restaurant at home type thing. I usually wore black jeans and a blazer or smart top/shirt and it was fine. Enjoy your cruise.

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Thanks for this Emma. We go at the end of August this year and o hadn’t got a clue what to pack. I’ve found this post really useful.

Hi Emma, thanks for your kind comment. Glad it helped, enjoy your cruise. Emma

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Would you recommend a lined or unlined rain jacket? We will be in the Norway coastline (from Olden to Tromso) on a cruise the first week of June. I have 2 jackets I can’t decide on…both are waterproof, windproof and breathable ….one has a mesh inside while the other has a lightweight fleecy liner. We are doing one hike at the Seven Sisters and the rest of the ports will be walking tours or bus tours. Weather looks to be 46-55 and showers. Thank you!!!

Hi Kim, sorry just catching up on comments. Guess you are on your cruise now. Hope you are having a good time & managed to choose which jacket to take. Emma

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Thank you Emma, I have found this very helpful and am less stressed about what to pack for our cruise next week! Much appreciated ☺️

Hi Catherine, thanks for the kind comments. Hope you enjoy your cruise. Emma

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Thank you Emma, for your tips.. This is my first cruise… I just wondered, is there a hairdryer and iron in the cabins Tia kate

Hi Kate, yes there is a hairdryer. No irons but you can use the ones in the laundrette free of charge. Enjoy your cruise. Emma

Aaagh thank u darling, so much…. Means a lot u got bac… I’m struggling at mo, cause had a close bereavement on Sunday and can’t focus, but I know he still would hve wanted me to go…. 💔

Hi Kate, sorry to hear that. Sending lots of love. Emma

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Hi can you advise me on the Norwegian krone spending money on shore for coffees and snacks or use credit cards. Thanks

Hi Kate. I actually didn’t take any. I just used by credit card, had no issues. But depending on what you plan to do in Norway, it is probably worth taking a small amount. Enjoy your cruise. Emma

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Hi emma, any advice on trips for someone semi-disabled using a small fold up mobility scooter. Am off end of this month. Also for Iceland in September .

Hi Carol, sorry for the delay, have been travelling. I don’t really have an experience in that area so a little hard for me to comment. However I’d check with your cruise line to see if they offer any accessible excursions. Also worth checking what support they can offer once on board. Enjoy both your cruises. Emma

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Hi Emma. I haven’t booked any of the optional trips yet and want to know what you would recommend. I’m travelling in Mid July.

Hi Sheila, sorry for the delay responding. I’ve been travelling with limited internet access. My favourite excursions/trips last year were the Briksdal Glacier and Loen Skylift. You can do both from Olden. Would recommend both of those.Tho maybe check the weather for the Skylift as view might not be as great if cloudy/raining. Also enjoyed the scenic viewpoint tour in Geiranger, although that was lot of time on a bus. The fabulous views at the stops made up for it though. Enjoy your cruise.

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Thanks for all your advice – sounds very like the weather here in western Scotland! Can I ask what time of year did you go? We are going the second half of May, so certainly hoping for even a little bit of warmth.

Hi Joan, I went at the beginning of June. So not long after when you are going. Will keep my fingers crossed you get good weather. Enjoy your cruise. Emma

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Hi I’m going on a Norwegian fjords cruise end of May, will i just take warmer clothes for though out the day thank you.

Hi Julie, yes definitely take some warmer clothes just in case. I was a bit surprised at how chilly it was first thing in the morning. The days were warm though but I was very lucky with the weather, was unusually hot for the time of year. I think layers are best so if the weather is good you can take some off. Enjoy your cruise. Emma

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So confused think I need to take my entire wardrobe

ha, yes it seems like that doesn’t it? With it being so changeable I found it quite difficult. Best advice I can give is to keep an eye on the weather forecast before you go and pack a couple of things you can layer. Gives you the choice to add more if chilly and or remove if hot. Enjoy your cruise.

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Fantastic advice Emma. Can I ask what you’d advise to wear during the evenings in April. Have done lots of summer cruises but not a single winter one. Is it cold onboard as some summer evenings get chilly with the air con. Thank you

Hi Denise, thanks for your kind comment. I think for April I’d go for things you can layer up and down. It should be pretty warm on the ship but will most likely be a bit chilly on deck and when you are out and about in port. Personally I didn’t find the air con too cold. I went in June and for the evenings I had a few shirts/blouses that I could cover with a wrap/poncho or blazer if I felt cold. If you are taking sleeveless dresses or tops or I’d definitely take something like a wrap you can throw over your shoulders to keep you warm. Plus if you do get too hot you can easily take them off. Best of both worlds! Enjoy your cruise.

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You got your trip booked, you are excited to explore Scandinavia, but what do you bring? Working as a Scandinavian tour operator, one of the common questions that I got was; What do I pack for my trip to Scandinavia? With that in mind, the Ultimate Packing List for Scandinavia – Summer checklist was created.

The first thing that comes to mind is a swimsuit, don’t forget that. Growing up in Sweden, summer was my favorite time of the year. Warm summer days at the white sandy beach in Halmstad, and long hours of light, to enjoy the summer evenings.

At second thought, raincoats. Don’t forget raincoats. Just like that one time, the whole family was excited to spend the day at Astrid Lindgren’s outdoor event park. Yes, Pippi Longstocking’s author, Astrid Lindgren, has an amusement park where all her story characters come to life. There was only one problem it was pouring down rain. Luckily, we came prepared and had our raingear packed in our day backpack. We got the kids and adults in rain gear, and we stayed dry. Most importantly, we enjoyed the Pippi Longstocking show, along with other fun events, and had a wonderful time.

Like we say in Scandinavia;

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

If you travel Scandinavia in June, July, and August, you will most likely experience a variety of weather . Usually, June can be on the cooler side, but July and early August are nice and warm. If you visit the southern part of Scandinavia with Denmark, south of Sweden, and south of Norway, it is usually warmer than up north in the Lapland area. I say, usually , because some days you will get spring, summer, and fall weather all in one day. Summer temperatures will usually be in the high 50s to high 80s.

With most summers spent in Sweden, this is my;

Packing List for Scandinavia – Your Summer Checklist

When you book your trip, make sure to.

  • Have a valid passport that is good for 6+ months after returning from Scandinavia.
  • Get a credit card that will not charge a hefty fee for international usage.

What to Keep in Your Carry-on Luggage

  • Travel documents – vouchers, airplane tickets, hotel confirmations, tour confirmations, transfer confirmations, visa (if necessary), passport.
  • Credit card and some cash.
  • Smartphone with headphones.
  • Electric adapter for your electronics. Scandinavia uses 220-volt electricity, and the plugs with two round pins, type C and F plugs.
  • Portable charger – today, we use the phone as a camera, GPS, to find destination information, you name it, so it’s easy to drain the battery quickly. This can easily be solved with a portable charger, allowing you to charge the phone on the go.
  • Sanitizing wipes – a lifesaver if you travel with kids.
  • Facemask – this is now optional.

What to Pack for Your Scandinavian Adventure

Before we start getting into what to pack, consider what to pack in . Are you traveling around from place to place, or will you stay in one location? If you stay in one city, a suitcase will be perfectly fine. If you travel around, make sure you have a luggage that either is easy to bring along with wheels or a large backpack.

Now for what to put in your luggage;

Packing List for Scandinavia – Your Summer Checklist

  • Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve Tops – bring a few of each. The trick in Scandinavia is to layer up . If you go out hiking, you might want to start with a short sleeve top, long sleeve top, and a light fleece jacket. When you get warm, take a layer off and stay comfortable. Later in the evening, if it gets chilly, you might have to put that fleece back on. Layers allow you to control your temperature and stay comfortable.
  • Sweater / Hoddie / Lightweight Jacket – when you are out and about, you will see people hanging their sweater around their neck. Scandinavians always prepare for that chilly evening. Again, it comes back to layers. It’s a good idea to pack something warmer, for cooler days and evenings.
  • Shorts / Skirts / Dresses – when the sun is out, and you get those really nice summer days, it can get hot. Bring shorts, a skirt, and dresses. Perfect for warm days but also if you want to go out and do some casual dining.
  • Pants / Leggings – like mentioned, some summer days are on the cooler side, and you’ll need a pair of pants, jeans, or leggings to stay warm. If you hike, the pants that you zip off the legs to turn into shorts will come in handy.
  • Rainjacket – If you plan on hiking, boating, visit amusement parks, and enjoy the outdoors, bring a raincoat to keep you dry. It will allow you to enjoy the planned outdoor activities even though you might get some rain. Those rain jackets have saved our fun so many times.
  • Swimsuit – for the days on the coast, by a lake, or the fjord, bring your swimming suit. If you hang out with the locals, don’t be surprised if they invite you to an evening swim, it’s a must during Scandinavian summer.
  • Casual Dining – when you go out to eat in the evening, the Scandinavians will dress informal but fashionable. They show up in a dress, button-down shirt or blouse, and a nice pair of shorts, pants, jeans or a skirt.
  • Long Scarf – when traveling, I always bring a scarf, you can wrap it around you if you get cold on the airplane. It takes no space, and it is easy to carry with you when you are out and about. A scarf can come in very handy, plus it’s stylish and a fun addition to your outfit.
  • Must-Have – Underwear, bras, socks, and PJs.

Packing List for Scandinavia – Summer Checklist – Non Cloth Related Items

  • Sunglasses, a Hat, and Sunscreen –  love the sun, but it can be harsh up north. Make sure you bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection.
  • Umbrella – at some point, it will most likely rain, that is just Scandinavia. Spending your vacation in the city, shopping, visiting museums, and mostly staying indoors, you will get away with using an umbrella to keep dry.
  • Lip Balm – the Scandinavian air can be dry, and a lip balm will come in handy. Get a lip balm with SPF in it to protect from the sun as well.
  • Bug Spray –  in certain areas, you will run into some mosquitos. If you are out in the woods, near water, bring mosquito repellant spray. I heard from somewhere that it’s best to buy the local spray, that it will work best on the mosquitos in that specific area. Now, if that’s true or not, I’m not sure of. But, I tend to buy the local stuff. If I go to Florida, or Scandinavia doesn’t matter.
  • Eye Mask or Sleep Mask –  if you go up north where midnight sun exposes 24 hours of sunlight, you want to pack an eye mask to block out the sun while sleeping. In fact, during the summer months of June and July, if you go anywhere in the Nordic countries, bring one. Hotels don’t always have blackout curtains.
  • Day Backpack – bring something that will hold your phone, rainwear, a water bottle, and that souvenir you might want to buy. I often use a backpack for carry on luggage, which works great as a day backpack.

Scandinavian Styles

  • Scandinavians have style. They are fashionable but informal. If you attend business meetings and fine dining, the locals like to dress up, jacket and tie for men, dress or suit for women works well.
  • Clothes are often made out of natural materials like linen, cotton, silk, and wool.
  • If you want to play it safe, wear black, and you will blend in.

That’s it, my ultimate summer packing list for Scandinavia , what would you add to the list? What are the things you never travel without, feel free to share in the comment section below.

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Well this is a good, comprehensive packing list. I must admit though, I wouldn’t have thought to pack both a swimming suit and a raincoat! It just wouldn’t occur to me that I would need both of those on the same trip, so that’s a very good point that you make. When we travel, we usually go for a longer period of time…like a month if possible. So we need to do laundry. And because of that we like to pack quick drying clothing like athleisure wear. Basically, the same type of thing that one would wear to the gym…those types of fabrics. Hopefully we wouldn’t look too out of place with that attire when we’re out and about during the day?

That is a great point, to pack athletic wear that dries quickly after you wash it. It doesn’t matter if you only travel for a couple of weeks. If you move around, you want to pack light. Like you say bring clothes that can be washed and dried quickly along with some laundry detergent and you can easily wash it and hang it to dry in your hotel room. Some hotels will have laundry service but not all. You will fit right in with athletic wear in Scandinavia. Most locals are very active and outdoorsy people.

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No matter the season, you should always bring a variety of layers so you can adjust to the day’s conditions.

Here is a helpful packing list: • Lightweight layers • Warm jumper or fleece • Jeans or long trousers • Waterproof jacket or shell layers • Waterproof trousers • Scarf, hat and gloves • Good walking shoes or hiking boots

If you’re going on a cruise or heading into the Arctic, you’ll also want to bring an insulated jacket to keep warm.

And don’t forget all your travel essentials like: • Your mobile phone • Binoculars for keen birdwatchers • Travel umbrella • Chargers and extra batteries • And your camera to record all those fantastic memories!

Summer packing tips

If you’re travelling to Scandinavia between May and September, you can lighten up your layers. But keep in mind that summer nights can still be chilly, especially in the mountains or on the deck of a cruise ship.

Make sure to pack shorts and t-shirts as well as sunglasses, a cap and sunscreen. You’ll still want to have at least one jumper and a light scarf and gloves.

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What to Wear and What to Pack for Norway in Summer

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Posted on Last updated: January 23, 2024

What to Wear and What to Pack for Norway in Summer

Traveling to Norway in summer and wondering what to wear? I know how overwhelming packing for Norway can be… In this guide, you can find our experience-based tips on what to wear and what to pack for Norway in summer. Find out!

Packing for any trip to the Nordics somehow always stresses me out. Packing for an active summer vacation in Norway is simply not as straightforward as packing for a beach destination. 

So when we had to pack our bags for the two-week road trip in Norway in August, I was wondering what to wear in Norway in summer and how to pack light, yet be ready for all types of weather.

As we kept checking the ever-changing weather forecast, we realized that we would need clothes for pretty much all seasons for this summer trip to Norway. There was rain with temperatures of 6-12°C (42-54F) in one place and sunshine with temperatures over 24°C (75F) in another…

Our experience with the weather during a recent 2-week trip to Northern Norway and Lofoten Islands was exactly the same. We went from wearing t-shirts and shorts one day to sweaters, jackets, long pants, and even gloves literally a day later…

So here is a  complete packing list for Norway in summer  based on our experience during several trips. You may get lucky and you’ll have warm and sunny weather the whole time in Norway in summer, but I wouldn’t count on it too much. It’s better to travel well prepared so that you can enjoy everything that Norway has to offer no matter the weather. Find out!

Good to know: This is not a packing guide for fashionista’s looking for a cool Scandinavian look for their summer trip to Norway. This is a packing list for active travelers who plan to explore Norway beyond Oslo, see the fjords, visit the charming towns and villages, and do some hiking.

If you are visiting Norway on a cruise , this packing list will work as well, but you may want to pack a few nice outfits for dinner.

What to wear in Norway in summer - complete packing guide

What to Wear in Norway in Summer

Here are just a few items of clothing that you really should consider packing for Norway in summer months (June, July, and August)

1. Layers of T-shirts and sweaters.  The best way to travel light and be prepared for all kinds of weather in Norway is to layer your clothes. We had several days, especially along the fjords in Flam  and when hiking to Pulpit Rock , when we started out with 3 layers, went to 1, and then back to 3 or even 4 again.

This is what we packed:  t-shirts, several light tops with long sleeves, a  light fleece jacket , and a  warm fleece hoodie . We also took a few simple shirts and blouses to wear at dinner.

2. Rain jacket.  Make sure you always have a rain jacket with you in Norway, because sometimes the rain comes completely unexpected and in no time you can get soaking wet.

Before our trip, we were wondering whether a light rain jacket would be sufficient or if we needed a warmer insulated jacket in summer months. Despite the rain and the wind and rather cold temperatures, we were ok with the light jackets (sometimes in combination with two fleece sweaters underneath).

This is what we packed: we each have a light  Vaude Escape rain jacket  (also for kids ). These are our favorite rain jackets and we have been using them on every trip for the last 6 years. As the kids grow out of one, we immediately buy a new one. They’re worth every cent.

3. Jeans, shorts, and hiking pants.  Depending on what you plan to see and do in Norway, you should pack some smart pants or jeans and hiking pants for outdoor activities. I’d definitely take shorts because when the sun is shining it feels really hot, even though the temperatures are not as high.

This is what we packed: casual pants, jeans, and hiking pants . On one of our summer trips to Norway, we never actually needed shorts because we were extremely unlucky with the weather (it was an exceptionally bad couple of weeks, the locals told us). But I’d definitely pack them – normally, Norwegian summers are warm enough to wear shorts. We wore shorts and t-shirts on various occasions when we visited the Lofoten Islands in July .

4. Sneakers and waterproof hiking shoes.  What kind of shoes to pack for Norway depends highly on what you plan to do. In general, light sneakers or walking shoes are best for sightseeing. However, if you plan to go hiking, you really need good hiking boots.

Most hiking trails ( Pulpit Rock , Florli 4444 , almost all of the hikes in Lofoten, etc.) are very wet, so ideally you wear waterproof hiking boots. I don’t think you really need sandals in Norway, but water shoes might come in handy if you are planning to go kayaking.

We never really missed rain boots in Norway, but we sure were glad we had waterproof hiking boots.

This is what we packed: one pair of light walking shoes/sneakers for everyday use and one pair of waterproof hiking boots each for hiking. These hiking boots are our favorites and they are perfect for Norway in summer!

5. Buff.  Mainland Norway is not as cold in summer as e.g. Iceland or the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard . So normally you don’t really need gloves, shawls, and winter hats. However, a buff is extremely handy to have and we did use it quite a few times during the trip, especially during fjord cruises.

This is what we packed: BUFF original .

6. Sunhat and sunglasses.  Sun can be really harsh in Norway in summer so don’t forget sun protection. Those few moments when it was sunny during our trip, it felt really warm.

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What to Pack for Norway in Summer

These are the travel essentials that will make your Norway summer trip more comfortable.

1. Sleep mask.  If there is one thing you have to take to the Nordics in summer, it’s a sleep mask . It might be less important in August, but it’s a must in May, June, and the beginning of July. The days are endless and the midnight sun makes it impossible to sleep, especially because many accommodations don’t have black-out curtains.

2. Swimsuit and a quick-drying towel.  There are many places where you can swim in Norway (weather permitting), so it’s always handy to have your swimwear with you. A quick-drying travel towel is nice to have too.

3. Day backpack.  A light day backpack is very handy in order to carry all those extra layers of clothes you may or may not need during the day. Don’t forget a rain cover – we used it quite a few times on all our summer trips in Norway.

4. Reusable water bottle.  Tap water is safe to drink in Norway, so don’t forget to pack a reusable water bottle . Not only is it good for the environment, but it will save you quite some money as well.

5. European electrical adapter.  Just as the majority of continental Europe, Norway has 220-volt electricity and uses type C/E/F electricity plugs .

6. Mosquito spray.  I read that Scandinavia is a real mosquito paradise in summer. We encountered some mosquitoes in Norway, but nothing really significant (I guess it highly depends on where exactly you go and how the weather is). In any case, it’s a good idea to pack a good mosquito spray when visiting Norway in summer months.

7. Sunscreen lotion.  As I said, even if it’s not very warm, the sun can be really harsh in Norway in summer, so a good sunscreen lotion with a high SPF factor is a must.

8. Face lotion and lip balm.  We have a Facebook travel group for traveling to Iceland and Scandinavian countries and every time somebody asks what people wish they packed to the Nordics, people mention face lotion, moisturizing cream, and a good lip balm. The air is very dry in the Nordics and moisturizers are really essential in any season.

9. Portable charger (power bank).  A portable charger has become a real must-have travel necessity for us. Also in Norway, we used it daily. We use our smartphones all the time (as GPS with Google Maps/Waze, as a camera, video camera, etc.) and they are usually empty long before we reach our hotel for the night.

10. Camera gear.  Unless you use your smartphone for pictures, don’t forget your camera gear, including extra batteries and plenty of memory cards. Everything is so expensive in Norway, so better bring all you need from home.

LEARN MORE: How Expensive is Norway (with Price Examples)

11. Umbrella.  Usually, we never pack an umbrella when traveling, but we could have definitely used one a few times in Norway. If you have a good rain jacket and plan to stay outside the cities most of the time, then you don’t really need an umbrella. But in town (and especially one like Bergen where it rains 230 days a year) a  good windproof travel umbrella can be really useful.

12. Hiking poles.  If you are planning on doing lots of hiking in Norway, hiking poles might be good to have. Most popular hiking trails are quite strenuous with lots of steep descents and trekking poles make it so much easier on your knees. We each have a pair of lightweight foldable trekking poles . They’re so compact and easy to pack that we now take them for all trips where we plan to do any hiking.

So, these are our tips for what to wear and what to pack when traveling to Norway in summer. If you are planning a trip, you may want to check our other articles for many different destinations in Norway. Take a look below!

More tips for visiting Norway:

  • Norway Fjords Itinerary
  • Northern Norway Itinerary
  • Best Things to Do in Lofoten
  • Tips & Info for Visiting Lofoten Islands
  • Lofoten in Summer
  • Where to Stay in Lofoten
  • Best Rorbuer in Lofoten
  • Visiting Norway on a Cruise
  • Best Things to Do in Stavanger
  • Where to Stay in Stavanger
  • Pulpit Rock Hike
  • Florli 4444 Hike
  • What to See in Flam + 1 Day Itinerary
  • Best Tours in Tromso
  • Tromso in Winter
  • Where to Stay in Tromso
  • Tromso Winter Itinerary
  • Northern Lights in Tromso
  • Husky Sledding in Tromso
  • Tromso Ice Hotel
  • Svalbard Travel Guide & Tips
  • Best Things to Do in Svalbard in Winter
  • For more inspiration, see our Norway Travel Guide .

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Sharon Discorfano

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Trip booked for 2 June 6th. We are older so we will be centraled in Bergen. We will opt for pre booked guidedshorter day trips. More of a culture,food trip. Museums parks, people etc. Again, we have booked hotel in Bergen Maybe you would have suggestions for some day trips and not expensive places in Bergen for meals

Monday 25th of December 2023

Hi Sharon, for day trips, take a look at Bergen tours on GetYourGuide - there's a bit of everything and for various budgets. If you have a car, you can visit some places on your own. The most popular location that you could visit nearby is Flam. If you go without a tour, here you can read about the best things to do in Flam. As for where to eat, there are so many options, including the Fish Market in the center. But that area is very touristy so not the cheapest. There are some nice options a bit further from the water, in the shopping streets, e.g. Daily Pot or Siam Ratree Thai Restaurant. Egon is a popular restaurant chain in Norway with a big choice of reasonably priced food. Overall, Asian restaurants tend to be much cheaper than Norwegian. Hope this helps. Have a great trip.

Saturday 8th of July 2023

Such a useful list, including things I wouldn't have thought to pack. We're off in a couple of weeks Bergan to Kirkenes on a rail and sea package. We're really looking forward to it so thanks for all the great information you've provided.

Glad to help. Have a great time in Norway!

Saturday 30th of July 2022

I’d like to suggest smart wool tee shirts ( men and women)- in long and short sleeve , even tanks. Excellent layering pieces and are perfect for all temperatures! Thank you for your well described list !

Hi Rita, yes, indeed, (merino) wool shirts and t-shirts can be great for layering and easy to wash/dry when traveling too.

shazia Faridi

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Thank you for this wonderful blog. Do you recommend packing a base layer (top and bottom) for an August trip? We are planning to do the Trolltunga, Pulpit Rock and Kjerag hike? Not sure if I can get away with exercise leggings. I am planning to travel in a carry on with 3 long sleeve and 4 half sleeve t-shirts, 2 savannah trail hiking pants from REI, 2 leggings, windproof jacket, waterproof hiking shoes, sneakers and keens. Please advise :)

Shazia Faridi

@Jurga, thank you for your valuable advice. Your list is super helpful and we are planning to travel in carry ons and a backpack 😀

Monday 25th of July 2022

Hi Shazia, normally, you don't need any base layers in the summer, but a merino t-shirt can be helpful if it's really cold. A waterproof jacket is really advisable too. In general, you'll use t-shirts much more than long-sleeve shirts. It's much easier to layer and adjust to the weather if it gets really warm. You just never know what kind of weather you'll get. We're just back from Northern Norway and we had sunny days where we could wear t-shirts and shorts and it was too warm, but most of the time, we had temperatures of around 10-12°C (50-55F) and often rain too. We wore our hiking pants and sweaters/ rain jackets almost every day. We also wore our hiking boots pretty much during the entire trip except to go to a restaurant for dinner or when we spent the whole day in town. Hope this helps. Have a great trip!

Thursday 14th of July 2022

Thank you this was helpful. I also liked the links so I can look at or possibly buy items I need or might have in my house.

Friday 15th of July 2022

Glad to hear this, Nanci. Have a great time in Norway!

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What to Pack for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise 

What to Pack for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the cruising life or an expert, you’ll still want to make sure you’re prepared for Norway. So, we’re here to assist your preparation with our guide on what to pack for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise.

A Little About Norway

You will find this Nordic country in Northern Europe, and by looking at the map you will see it comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The capital of Norway is Oslo, and it has a population of over 5 million. What makes Norway stand out for most people is its beautiful landscape and rich heritage. You have the opportunity to see some incredible historical sites such as the beautiful 14 th century wooden houses in Bergen, the 18 th century Gamle in Stavanger and 9 th century Viking boats in Oslo.

For most though, Norway is an opportunity to enjoy outdoor adventures such as hiking and kayaking. Or if you’re looking for something a little faster then there’s always the Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB).

Why Do I Need to Plan Packing for my Norway Cruise?

Basically because of two words ‘the weather’. Norway’s weather can be described as unpredictable and it’s the difficulty of an ever-changing forecast which can make packing problematic. The week we were due to travel, which was in June 2022, it was forecast to rain heavily the entire week. As any traveller knows, rain can make it difficult to see the place you are visiting.

We kept an eye on the forecast and the closer we got to our departure date, you could see daily changes. We ended up having a few dry days at the beginning and heavy rain at the end, especially in Bergen.

If it was a med cruise or Caribbean cruise then you would find it easier, because it tends to be summer clothes such as t-shirts and shorts, or swim wear. But in Norway you can have extreme changes from beautiful sunny days to torrential downpours.

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Before you pack, another thing to think about is what excursions you fancy trying when you’re there. Norway is renowned for its outside activities, so if you want to try any of them, then you need to make sure you have the right gear.

Pack According to Seasons in Norway

We thought it would be wise to begin looking at the seasons in Norway, as this may influence when you book and what you pack. As we have stated above, Norway is quite unpredictable weather wise, so this is a generalised summary. Bear in mind when you’re researching the weather, that not only can it vary within a set place. But because you’re cruising you will be moving to different regions.

You’ll find that most cruise lines only tend to visit this area between spring and autumn. Most ships head back to the Caribbean during the winter or to generally warmer climates. Because of that we’ll specifically look at these seasons.

Norway Springtime Weather

As you can probably imagine Spring is a difficult one to predict, with some years being warm and others being chilly. The Southern part of Norway will enjoy Spring first, usually in April and it will move North as the month goes on. The most Northerly part of Norway may still have snow and probably won’t enjoy the better weather until May or June.

With more sunshine and melting snow, you will find there are more natural waterfalls over Norway and plenty of flower’s blooming. That time of year is truly a sight to behold for anyone who loves nature.

Norway Summer Weather

Summer in Norway tends to be June, July, and August, but you’ll find the best weather in July. This is when you can enjoy the hottest temperatures during your cruise. Over the Summer you will find that you have long days and incredibly short nights, or we should say non-existent in some areas. Don’t be surprised to witness midnight sun as you sail along a fjord, it is quite an experience.

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Norway Autumn Weather

Some cruise lines continue visiting Norway during the autumn months, but that tends to be until the end of September. Temperatures can drop quickly during this time (less than 20 degrees Celsius), the days get shorter, and it will get colder and wetter. But you will have a greater chance at witnessing the beauty of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis). So really it will depend on what your priorities are, in terms of what time of year you choose to sail.

Packing for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise

So, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the article, because essentially that is what you’re here for. Again, our suggestions will be completely dependent on the time of year you’re cruising, the duration of your cruise and the excursions you’re contemplating doing when you get there.

Rather than just give you a list of what we took, we’ll provide you with a general summary of items, including what to wear and why they’re a good idea for this specific itinerary.

Layering Up

We have mentioned once or twice that it’s difficult to predict the weather in Norway, so we’ll start by giving you our best advice and that is pack layers. This means that no matter the weather you can layer up or strip down if it gets warmer through the day. Obviously the earlier in the year and the later, then you’ll need to look at wearing jumpers. We tended to stick with t shirts and thin sweaters or hoodies when we went on our Norwegian cruise in June.

One thing we didn’t do, but we’d strongly recommend is to make sure some of those layers are waterproof. There is a strong chance there will be rain, as we experienced for most of the week. You may find in Norway that when it rains, it pours, so preparation is important.

Norwegian weather

Even when you’re on the ship walking around it can get a little chilly, especially in the evening, so a jumper or sweater is a great option to have. Most travellers like to get up early to watch the morning sail in down the fjord, so grab those thermals to really enjoy the experience.

We mention the cold and rain a bit, but obviously if it warms up then you need to easily be able to strip some of your layers and put them in a bag or rucksack. This is why thinner layers make sense, because you can adapt your clothing fast and wherever you are, without any embarrassment.

If you’re unsure of what layering actually means, then you could have a vest, t-shirt, hoodie, jumper and then a coat on. Then if it warmed up, remove the jumper and then maybe the hoodie; you get the picture.

Comfortable Footwear

Now here is where we truly messed up, because we both took trainers with us and they were material; we know, rookie mistake.

Wherever you travel and whatever you choose to do, the number one rule is comfort, especially comfortable shoes. The times we have seen people hiking in flip flops and you can see they’re in extreme pain, so always take comfortable trainers or walking boots.

Now obviously we messed up, because we didn’t factor in that we were travelling to Norway in a week when it was due to rain heavily. Also we had no idea what we were going to do when we arrived at each port. So hiking wasn’t a consideration when we packed, which again led us to our trusty old trainers. Yes, they were comfy, but mix the rain and hiking to a beautiful spot in Skjolden , and you get extremely messy and wet footwear which has to last you the entire trip.

Next time we go on a Norwegian Fjord cruise we’ll take walking boots with us, as well as our trainers. The boots are waterproof and as such they will be perfect for those rainy days and the hiking excursions. But we’ll have our trainers for the cities and towns, or when we’re relaxing on the ship at the end of the day. If you don’t have walking boots then you can get them pretty cheap on Amazon, but make sure you wear them in a little before you go.

Now we’ve mentioned footwear, it’s also worth thinking about the socks you’re going to take with you. You want to make sure they’re thick enough to keep your feet warm when you’re out hiking up a glacier or kayaking down a fjord. But also take plenty of pairs because they may get wet and who wants to be doing laundry when you’re on vacation?

Hat, Gloves and Maybe Even a Scarf

bergen Norwegian Fjords Cruise

Then you have the excursions which mainly start earlier in the day, so it tends to be a little cooler and you may be heading to a glacier which again will drop that temperature.

Waterproof Clothing

How far you want to go with this is completely up to you, you can be fully head to toe in waterproof or simply wear a jacket. But the basics we’d recommend is a waterproof coat, because it can be so uncomfortable walking around soaked; sadly, we know from experience.

Again you will have checked the weather before you go, so you’ll have an idea of what to expect. But prepare for everything because it is very changeable especially around the fjord areas.

We’d also recommend taking an umbrella just as a backup, because sometimes the rain can be torrential. When we stopped in Bergen during our cruise it was a dry cloudy day, but as we walked around it suddenly began pouring and we mean heavy rain. After a while there was no point trying to walk in it, so we headed back to the ship, which is a shame because in all honesty we didn’t really get to experience Bergen properly.

Sun Protection such as Sunglasses and Suntan Lotion

We’ve talked about rain and cold a lot, but there will be days within the summer where you can enjoy sunshine. Even on cooler days the sun can be quite bright, think of sunny winter days in the UK. That’s why it is worth popping sunglasses and suntan lotion in your case. From reading other guides it seems the sun can be quite strong when it is out, so take high SPF so you don’t get burnt.

One of the main reasons people head to Norway or go on a Norwegian Fjords cruise is because of the scenery. With incredible views and so much wildlife, we know nature lovers will be in awe. The perfect way to enjoy the majesty of Norway is through binoculars, so why not take a pair with you.

As you sail through the fjords, you’ll see small villages in the distance and lots of waterfalls. The binoculars give you the opportunity to look closer and enjoy the beauty of this magnificent country.

Formal Wear

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You may be surprised to hear, that many people love going to exercise when they cruise, so the gyms are normally well equipped. We’ve always been big fans of the gyms on ships because you have the opportunity to try out the equipment with some incredible views.

Norway is quite a fast-paced place with lots of outdoor exercise, so you may be too tired to hit the weights. But on sea days grab that gym gear and check it out, because most even offer exercise classes and a running/jogging track.

All that exercise may make up for the mounds of incredible food you will eat during your trip.

In all honesty we didn’t bother taking any swimwear, but that was because we had looked at the weather forecast, and it was scheduled to be rain and cold the whole time. Even though that was our decision you may choose to take some, because depending on the ship there could be indoor pools and hot tubs available. You could even get lucky and enjoy warm days on the deck by the pool, it’s purely chance.

Electrical Adapters

Most of us are aware that depending on the country we visit, we may need adapters for electrical items. But what you may not know is the adapters that are needed will be based on where the ship primarily sails. For example, our ship was the Carnival Pride which sails during the winter months from America and in the Summer from Europe. But its plugs are American because Carnival is primarily based in the USA. Our advice would be to check the statistical information on the cruise lines website, they tend to provide details for each ship in their fleet. You may be able to buy adapters on board the ship, but just in case you cannot its wiser to prepare and bring them with you.

Waterproof Backpack

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Reusable Water Bottle

The more we cruised the more we realised there are essential items you need to take, which many newbies don’t think about. One of the main ones we recommend is a reusable drinks container. Most ships will have water filling stations, because they’re aiming to reduce plastic wastage. But by reusing your drinks container you are also saving money by not having to buy bottled water.

Having the container means you will have drinks through the night; the older readers out there know what we mean. But also you can take the bottle with you as you head out to explore the port you’re in and not have to worry about finding drinks when you’re there.

You are travelling to one of the most beautiful places in the world, that is a fact. So, you want to make sure that you take plenty of pictures to reminisce about your time there. Some of the pictures from our Norwegian Fjord cruise are the loveliest we’ve ever taken, and the credit cannot be with the photographers. The scenery is simply stunning, so make sure you take your camera with you, whether it’s a DSLR or a simple mobile camera.

As a side note, keep the battery charged and make sure you have enough storage, because you’re probably going to take quite a few pictures.

If you’ve booked an inside cabin, then you shouldn’t have a problem with light coming in. But if you have a window in your cabin then you may prefer to have a sleep mask, if you like it to be completely dark. Remember that for the majority of the summer in Norway, it doesn’t get dark at all. So take a mask just in case, because you want to be well slept and ready to go in the morning when you reach your next port.

Towel Clips

Norwegian Fjords sailing

Alarm Clock

Most people use mobile phones for their clocks and alarm, so if you don’t have a mobile then it’s worth taking an alarm clock with you. The cruise lines generally don’t provide them in the room, and they will be needed to ensure you are on time for excursions or for those of you who chose a set time for your evening meal.

Portable Charger

We’ve mentioned making sure you have your camera because of how beautiful Norway is. But it may also be sensible to take a portable charger with you, just in case you run out of battery at any point. When you’re out and about you won’t have much opportunity to find a charging port, so this is a great way to ensure you have enough battery life for the entire day.

The majority of the times we have cruised we found the rooms and corridors to be incredibly quiet and as such there’s no need for ear plugs. But we’re pretty heavy sleepers, especially after a day of lots of walking. Our last cruise was in the UK school holidays and it was a slightly different story, with kids running up and down the corridors and the cabin doors being banged. Because of this we would recommend you take ear plugs, for those just in case times.

We generally don’t have problems with ship noises such as the engine or other disturbances, but if you think you may, then it’s worth having ear buds available. It may sound strange but ear plugs also have a medicinal benefit, as they can help to prevent seasickness on a cruise . Which is particularly handy for the Norwegian Fjords, as the English Channel can sometimes be a bit choppy.

Although this is a little generic, we thought we’d just add a small paragraph here for those of you who are new to cruising. Most cruise ships have some toiletries in the bathroom, for example on our ship they had a body wash and shampoo/conditioner. If you’re ok with a generic brand then why not save some money and use theirs, but we prefer to bring our own. Aside from that you need to bring everything else you want, but don’t worry because if you forget anything you can find most items in the shop onboard or you can wait until the first port and grab it there. Norway is quite expensive in comparison to other European destinations, but you’re on holiday so make sure you travel in comfort.

Alcohol or Soft Drinks

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When we sailed, we could bring a bottle each in our hand luggage and 12 cans of pop each, which is a fair amount to start. It is always a good idea to check the terms and conditions section of your booking to see what they say.

Cruise Essentials

Although we’ve covered the general items of what to pack for a Norwegian Fjords cruise above, there are also some items that we just can’t do without on any cruise. Some of them are more weather specific and suited to sunny climates, so below are the items we feel are applicable to a cruise in Norway and the Fjords.

  • Luggage Tags: Now we’ve all been there in the early days of cruising, where we’ve had to staple the paper tags around the handle of our case. But a few years ago a friend recommended these luggage tags to us, which are perfect for cruising and we’ve never looked back, especially as they are reusable.
  • Collapsible Laundry Basket: Another saviour for us when we travel, is the ability to neatly store our dirty clothes. The handy thing about this Laundry basket is it’s sturdy once unfolded and can be put straight in to your case full for the journey home. That way you won’t have to worry about any clean clothes getting dirty.
  • Magnetic Hooks: Like most people, we didn’t realise the walls and doors on a ship were metal. So imagine our surprise when a member of a facebook cruise group posted about magnetic hooks, and we’re glad they did. These hooks are great for creating extra storage space, especially in small cabins, you can hanging a multitude of items from them including jackets, swim suits or even cabin decorations.
  • Cruise Approved Power Strip: Most cabins have limited plug sockets, which is less than ideal with the amount of electrical items we take on cruises. So to combat this we bought a power strip just for our travels. But you have to be extra careful when cruising, as most extension leads have surge protectors, which are a big no no with cruise lines. Non surge power strips are hard to find, so we were really pleased to have found this cruise approved UK extension lead , which is also nice and compact. But for our overseas readers and ships that have US sockets, this US power strip with USB comes highly rated.

Some travel bloggers will recommend some more expensive versions of all of the above, but traveling is already expensive and those we’ve recommended are affordable and have served us well.

Tips When Packing for a Norwegian Fjords Cruise

  • Monitor the weather forecast as you get closer to the departure date for your holiday. Yes, the weather can change, but you’ll have a general idea as to what it will be and can pack appropriately.
  • Take a look at the excursions available during your cruise and think about which ones you may want to do. This may require certain types of clothing and footwear, such as hiking books.
  • Pack the essentials you will need in your hand luggage, because when you get to the cruise port, they will take your suitcases from you, and you’ll receive them later at your cabin door. Especially any medications which you may need to take.
  • If you’re unsure about what the weather will be, then always take the safe option and pick waterproof clothing. Then if you get caught out, at least you’re not soaked through and drying your coat onboard with the room’s hair dryer.
  • Take a pair of slippers with you, we have bought travel ones which we take on all of our holidays. They make walking around the room more comfortable and it’s easier to slip on when you’re going to the loo through the night.
  • Take booze and soft drinks with you because prices on board can be quite expensive. We still bought cocktails on the ship, but whenever we stopped at a port, we would grab a few cans of beer and a bottle of wine. You can also buy bottles of spirits if you prefer and it’s a great way to try local drinks during your trip.

Summary of what to Pack Based on the Season

Spring packing.

Norwegian Fjords Cruise weather

Summer Packing

Norway is a must for anyone’s Summer bucket list , although it can be a little unpredictable, so it maybe that you’ll want shorts, t-shirts and the normal summer gear, or the weather turns for the worst (as in our experience) and you get a lot of rain. Then you’ll be looking at rainproof clothing and shoes. It can get cold at night either way, so a warm jumper or coat is strongly recommended.

Autumn Packing

Be prepared for colder weather and heavier layers, so if you have a warm day, you can take some off. Because winter arrives early in Norway you may need hats, gloves, and boots, especially if you’re planning outdoor activities.

Now this isn’t an exhaustive list of what to pack, because what you choose will be incredibly individual such as toiletries, travel documents and medication.

As you will have gathered, a Norwegian Fjord cruise is very different from many of the others you may have already been on. But if you’re anything like us then it will stand out as a vacation of a lifetime. Don’t expect sunshine, sunbathing and deck parties, instead you’ll enjoy insane views, endless waterfalls and lakes like glass.

It’s worth checking the terms and conditions and FAQs of your cruise line before you go, because if we had we’d have known that we could take booze on board sooner, and it would have saved a small fortune.

We loved our trip to Norway, especially because it was easy to get to as we sailed from Dover. You don’t need to fly anywhere and take on that additional cost, instead we simply drove down and headed to the Dover cruise terminal parking section . The whole process was quick and easy, and it’s something we’d happily do again. Southampton is a more popular port for a Norwegian Fjords cruise, and Southampton cruise parking options plentiful and affordable.

Hopefully with our guide you should have everything you need to start packing for your trip and you’ll probably do a better job of it than we did. If you go on a cruise in Norway then please tag us into your Instagram pictures, we love to see when our readers tick something off their bucket list. Plus, we can never get enough pictures of such a beautiful country.

What To Pack For A Viking Cruise In Norway During Winter

  • Last updated Dec 05, 2023
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Lazar Odonnell

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Are you planning a winter getaway on a Viking cruise in Norway? If so, it's essential to pack the right items to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. This guide will take you through the must-have items for your trip, ensuring that you're prepared for the cold weather and ready to immerse yourself in the stunning Norwegian landscape. From warm clothing and footwear to essential accessories and equipment, get ready to pack like a true Viking adventurer.

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A Viking cruise in Norway during the winter offers a unique experience, as you get to witness the beautiful landscapes and snowy scenery of this Nordic country. However, it is crucial to pack the right clothing items to ensure you stay warm and comfortable during your trip. Here are some essential clothing items to consider when preparing for a Viking cruise in Norway during winter:

Thermal Layers:

Thermal underwear is a must-have for a winter cruise in Norway. Opt for merino wool or synthetic materials that will keep you warm while also allowing your skin to breathe. These base layers will help regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable throughout the day.

Heavyweight Sweaters:

Pack a few heavyweight sweaters or pullovers to layer over your thermal underwear. Wool or fleece materials are ideal as they offer excellent insulation and trap body heat effectively. Choose versatile colors that can easily be mixed and matched with your other clothing items.

Waterproof and Insulated Jacket:

A high-quality waterproof jacket is essential to keep you dry during snowfall or rain showers. Look for a jacket with insulation, such as down or synthetic fill, to provide extra warmth. Adjustable cuffs and a hood will help keep the cold air out and maintain your body heat.

Windproof Pants:

Invest in a pair of windproof pants that are also water repellent. These will protect you from chilly winds and keep your legs warm in cold temperatures. Look for options with full-length zippers or adjustable waistbands for easy layering.

Wool Socks:

Keep your feet cozy with a few pairs of wool socks. Wool is an excellent insulator and can keep your feet warm even in wet conditions. Pack enough pairs to wear a fresh pair each day, as damp feet can lead to discomfort and even hypothermia.

Insulated Boots:

Choose a pair of insulated waterproof boots with good traction to keep your feet warm and dry during your outdoor excursions. Look for boots with a thick sole and a high shaft to provide extra insulation and protect against snow and slush.

Hats, Scarves, and Gloves:

Don't forget to pack accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves to protect your extremities from the cold. Opt for items made from wool or fleece for maximum warmth. Consider bringing a few pairs of gloves, including one with touchscreen compatibility, so you can still use your smartphone without exposing your hands to the cold.

Layering Options:

Pack a variety of clothing items that can be easily layered to accommodate fluctuating temperatures. This will allow you to adjust your clothing as needed throughout the day. For example, bring lightweight long-sleeve shirts and cardigans that can be worn over your thermal layers and under your sweaters.

It's important to remember that Norway's winter weather can be unpredictable, so it's better to be over-prepared than underprepared. By following these clothing suggestions and layering appropriately, you will be able to enjoy your Viking cruise in Norway without worrying about the cold. Stay warm, stay comfortable, and make the most of your winter adventure!

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  • Base Layers: The first rule for dressing in cold weather is layering. Start with a good base layer made of moisture-wicking materials such as merino wool or synthetic fabrics. These will keep you dry and insulated, providing thermal regulation as you engage in various winter activities.
  • Insulated Outerwear: A high-quality, waterproof and windproof jacket and pants are essential for protection against the harsh winter conditions. Look for jackets with down or synthetic insulation, which provide warmth without adding too much bulk. Similarly, insulated or fleece-lined pants will keep your legs cozy while allowing freedom of movement.
  • Snow Boots: Invest in a pair of sturdy and waterproof snow boots. Look for boots with thick soles and a good grip, as icy surfaces can be slippery. Insulated boots with a removable liner are a great option, as they provide extra warmth and allow you to dry the liners overnight.
  • Hand and Foot Warmers: To combat extremely cold temperatures, consider using hand and foot warmers. These small pouches generate heat and can be easily slipped into gloves or shoes to keep extremities warm for several hours.
  • Hat, Gloves, and Scarf: Heat loss often occurs through the head and hands. Wearing a warm hat or beanie, insulated gloves or mittens, and a scarf or neck gaiter will help retain body heat and protect these sensitive areas.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Despite the cold temperatures, the sun's reflection on the snow can be intense. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection is crucial to shield your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. Additionally, apply sunscreen to exposed skin, as snow can amplify the effects of UV radiation.
  • Backpack: A small backpack will come in handy to carry essentials like water, snacks, and an extra layer of clothing. Look for a lightweight and durable backpack that allows easy access to your belongings.
  • Camera and Binoculars: When embarking on a Viking cruise in Norway, capturing breathtaking moments and spotting wildlife are part of the experience. Bring a camera to document your adventure. Binoculars are also useful for birdwatching or observing the magnificent landscapes from a distance.
  • Dry Bag: Winter activities may involve snow, ice, or even rain, so it's crucial to keep your electronic devices and personal belongings protected. A waterproof dry bag will keep your items dry and secure, ensuring you can enjoy the activities without worrying about water damage.
  • Rechargeable Batteries: Cold temperatures drain battery life quickly. Ensure your devices are always ready for use by carrying spare, rechargeable batteries. Keep them warm inside your jacket to maximize their effectiveness.

Remember, even with the best gear and accessories, it's vital to listen to the instructions of experienced guides and locals. They will provide valuable advice on safety, technique, and appropriate behavior in the Arctic environment. By being well-prepared and equipped, you can fully enjoy your winter activities during the Viking cruises in Norway.

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Norway is known for its stunning winter landscapes, but the weather can be harsh and unpredictable. If you're planning a trip to Norway during winter, it's essential to pack accordingly to ensure your comfort and safety. Here are some packing recommendations specific to the weather conditions in Norway during winter:

  • Layering is key: Norway experiences a wide range of temperatures during the winter, so it's important to wear multiple layers to stay warm. Start with a base layer made of moisture-wicking material like merino wool or synthetic fabrics. This will help regulate your body temperature and keep you dry. Add a middle layer of fleece or down for insulation, and finish with a waterproof outer layer to protect against wind and snow.
  • Invest in quality winter gear: In Norway, temperatures can drop well below freezing, so it's crucial to have reliable winter gear. This includes a warm and waterproof jacket, insulated pants or thermal leggings, a hat, gloves, and insulated boots with good grip. Additionally, consider bringing hand and foot warmers for extra warmth during outdoor activities.
  • Pack thermal underwear: Thermal underwear can provide an extra layer of warmth, especially if you plan to engage in outdoor activities like skiing or snowboarding. Look for thermal tops and bottoms made of merino wool or synthetic fabrics that are designed to trap heat and wick away moisture.
  • Don't forget about accessories: Accessories can make a big difference in staying warm. Pack a scarf or neck gaiter to protect your neck and face from cold winds. A good pair of sunglasses is essential during winter as the reflection of sunlight on snow can be intense. Additionally, pack a beanie or a warm hat to keep your head and ears insulated.
  • Bring hand and feet protection: Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite, so it's crucial to protect your extremities. Pack thermal or woolen socks that provide warmth and moisture-wicking properties. Consider bringing multiple pairs in case they get wet. Hand gloves or mittens with insulation and waterproof material are also essential to keep your hands warm and dry.
  • Pack sunscreen and lip balm: The winter sun in Norway can still be strong, and the reflection of sunlight on the snow can intensify its effects. Always pack sunscreen with a high SPF and lip balm with SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent chapped lips.
  • Don't forget about moisture: Norway's winter weather can be dry, both indoors and outdoors. Pack a good moisturizer to prevent dry skin and a hydrating lip balm to keep your lips from becoming dry and cracked. Additionally, consider bringing a small portable humidifier for your accommodation to add moisture to the air.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip to know what to expect and adjust your packing accordingly. It's always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when it comes to Norway's winter conditions. By following these recommendations, you'll be ready to embrace the beauty of Norway while staying warm and protected during your winter adventure.

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As the weather gets colder during the Viking cruises in Norway, it becomes essential to pack specific skincare and personal care items to protect your skin from the harsh conditions. The chilly temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds can all contribute to dryness, irritation, and even chapped skin. Here are some key items you should consider packing to keep your skin healthy and moisturized during your trip:

  • Moisturizer: A rich and hydrating moisturizer is a must-have for cold weather. Look for a product that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides, as these help to attract and retain moisture in the skin. Apply your moisturizer at least twice a day, focusing on areas that tend to get drier, such as the hands, face, and lips.
  • Lip Balm: Your lips are particularly susceptible to dryness and chapping in cold weather. To prevent this, pack a moisturizing lip balm with SPF to protect against the sun's rays. Look for a product that contains ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, or coconut oil to provide intense hydration.
  • Sunscreen: Although it may be cold outside, the sun's rays can still cause damage to your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Be sure to reapply every two hours, especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Hand Cream: Cold weather can leave your hands feeling dry and rough. Invest in a nourishing hand cream to keep your hands moisturized and protected. Look for a cream with ingredients like jojoba oil, almond oil, or shea butter, as these help to soothe and heal dry skin.
  • Body Lotion: The rest of your body can also suffer from dryness during the colder weather. Opt for a rich and hydrating body lotion to keep your skin soft and supple. Look for products with ingredients like cocoa butter, avocado oil, or oatmeal extract, as these provide intense moisture.
  • Facial Oil: Adding a facial oil to your skincare routine can provide an extra layer of moisture and protection. Look for oils that are lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog your pores. Apply a few drops of oil after cleansing and toning your skin, and before applying your moisturizer.
  • Humidifier: Consider packing a small portable humidifier for your room or cabin. The dry air in heated spaces can further dehydrate your skin, so a humidifier can help to add moisture back into the air and prevent your skin from drying out.

In addition to these skincare items, it's also important to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear layers to protect yourself from the cold and windy conditions, and don't forget to wear a hat and gloves to keep your extremities warm. Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water and eat a balanced diet to keep your skin nourished from the inside out.

By packing these essential skincare and personal care items, you can ensure that your skin remains healthy and moisturized during the colder weather on the Viking cruises in Norway. Don't forget to be consistent with your routine and listen to your skin's needs throughout your trip. Enjoy your cruise and the beautiful Norwegian scenery!

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When it comes to winter cruises in Norway, there are plenty of indoor activities and entertainment options to enjoy. The Norwegian winter can be quite cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, so it's important to have some items that will enhance your experience and keep you entertained. Whether you're cruising through the stunning fjords, exploring the charming coastal towns, or simply relaxing on the ship, here are a few recommended items to make the most of your winter cruise:

  • Warm Clothing: Norway's winter can be harsh, so packing warm clothing is essential. Be sure to bring thermal base layers, thick sweaters, waterproof outerwear, hats, scarves, and gloves to keep you warm during outdoor excursions.
  • Binoculars: A pair of binoculars is a great item to have on a winter cruise in Norway. You'll have the opportunity to spot stunning wildlife, such as whales, seals, and seabirds, so having binoculars handy will allow you to observe them up close, even from the comfort of your ship's deck.
  • Books and Games: The long evenings and cozy atmosphere of a winter cruise are perfect for curling up with a good book or playing board games with your travel companions. Choose books that are set in Norway or have a winter theme to immerse yourself in the local culture and add an extra layer of enjoyment to your trip.
  • Camera: Norway's winter landscapes are breathtaking, and you'll want to capture these moments to remember them forever. Invest in a good camera or use your smartphone's camera with high-quality lenses to take stunning photos of the snowy mountains, frozen waterfalls, and picturesque villages.
  • Travel Guide: Bringing a travel guide specific to Norway will help you plan your activities and make the most of your time on the cruise. Look for guides that include information about the history, culture, and landmarks of the Norwegian regions you'll be visiting. This way, you can immerse yourself in the destination and gain a deeper understanding of the places you'll explore.
  • Snacks and Drinks: Although most cruises offer meals and snacks on board, having some of your favorite snacks and drinks can add to your comfort and enjoyment. Pack some snacks that won't spoil easily, such as nuts, dried fruits, and granola bars, to satisfy your cravings during the cruise.
  • Entertainment Devices: If you enjoy watching movies or TV shows, consider bringing a tablet or laptop loaded with your favorite entertainment. Winter cruises can have downtime, and having your favorite shows or movies readily available will help keep you entertained during those quieter moments.
  • Journal: A winter cruise in Norway can be a transformative and memorable experience. Keeping a journal to jot down your thoughts, observations, and memories during the trip can be a wonderful way to document your journey. You can also use it as a travel log to note the places you visit, the people you meet, and the activities you engage in.

Remember that the specific items you bring will depend on your personal interests and preferences. It's always a good idea to check with your cruise provider for any specific recommendations they may have for indoor activities and entertainment during winter cruises in Norway. With the right items in hand, you can fully enjoy the beauty of Norway's winter landscapes while staying cozy and entertained during your cruise.

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When packing for a Viking cruise in Norway during winter, it is important to dress in layers. This will allow you to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. Start with a base layer of thermal underwear, followed by a warm sweater or fleece. Bring a waterproof and windproof outer layer to protect against the chilly Norwegian weather. Don't forget to pack a hat, gloves, and a scarf to keep your extremities warm. It's also a good idea to pack sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots for any outdoor excursions.

While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when packing for a winter cruise in Norway, it can be a good idea to bring a swimsuit. Many of the Viking ships have heated indoor swimming pools and hot tubs, allowing guests to enjoy a swim even in the colder months. Additionally, some of the ports of call may have saunas or spas where a swimsuit would be necessary.

Unlike some other cruise lines, Viking Cruises does not have formal dress nights. Instead, the dress code is typically casual and comfortable, even in the evening. However, if you have a special occasion or prefer to dress up for dinner, you are certainly welcome to bring a more formal outfit. Just keep in mind that the focus of a Viking cruise is on exploring the destinations and enjoying the onboard amenities, rather than dressing up.

The best type of outerwear for a Viking cruise in Norway during winter is a waterproof and windproof jacket or parka. This will protect you against rain, snow, and gusty winds that are common in the Norwegian winter. Look for a jacket with insulation to provide warmth, and consider one with a hood to protect your head and neck from the elements. Layering is key, so make sure your outerwear is roomy enough to accommodate a sweater or fleece underneath.

In addition to the usual clothing and toiletries, there are a few specific items you should remember to pack for a Viking cruise in Norway during winter. These include a good pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting, a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning scenery, and a power adapter if you are traveling from a country with a different electrical outlet. It's also a good idea to pack a travel guide or map of the areas you will be visiting, as well as any medications or personal items you may need.

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Packing to Norway – Are You Ready or Frustrated?

Decided to travel to Norway or maybe other Nordic Countries? Congratulation! You are going to have a great time in the Nordic Countries.

But still, you haven’t done the packing to Norway? Are you almost panicking? Then packing to Norway from a Norwegian expert is the right blog post for you.

I will give the necessary packing advice for traveling around Norway most conveniently. In a way that will keep you warm and comfortable when exploring Norway.

I will give the packing advice’s that is necessary for traveling around Norway the most convenient way. Not having the right clothes or shoes is not going to break the trip in Norway, but it can be less comfortable. Let’s make it a pleasant trip and let’s do the packing to Norway right in the first time packing. In this way: Enjoying the trip in Norway and not using your energy on being cold in May, because you have packed a warm jacket!

The picture above is of me in June (Summer in Norway) when we traveled in Northern Norway. Northern Norway, is colder than the rest of Norway due to the position of the Arctic Circle.

Packing to Norway From a Norwegian Expert

Not having the right clothes or shoes will not break the trip to Norway, but it can be less comfortable.

Let’s make it a pleasant trip, and let’s do the packing to Norway right for the first time packing. In this way: Enjoy the Norway vacation and not use energy to be cold in May because you have packed a warm jacket!

After growing up in Norway, I have picked up some tips on surviving Norway in all seasons.

Sporty Norwegian in the Woods of Bygdøy, Oslo.

Packing the Scandinavian Look in Norway

It is all about finding your comfort zone! The Scandinavian look is about being laid-back, relaxed, and with no fuss. Pack the things you like, and even better if you can use them in layers. I always have jeans, wool sweaters, silk tops, walk-able pistol shoes, and an oversized scarf. I hope that can get you started! Please, ask if you have any questions!!

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Pack for all four seasons all time of the year.

It doesn’t matter if it is summer, sometimes it can still be snowing. And in autumn, you can still be lucky enough to be wearing shorts. The Norwegian weather is a disaster for packing. We love the weather! That’s what makes Norway fascinating!

1. Packing to Norway is Packing for All Seasons of the Year!

Packing to Norway is Packing for All Seasons of the Year! If you are going to travel around Norway, this is an actual sentence. The weather in Norway is constantly changing and is not very stable. Norway is not Florida. When packing for Norway, you must bring clothing for every season. Wool is the best way to be ready for Norway’s weather conditions.

As Norwegian says : There Is No Bad Weather, Only Bad Clothing! 

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Dalsnibba and Geiranger fjord – with tourists having layers – This picture is from August !

2. Packing to Norway means Wool and You can Fit in With the Locals

Norwegians love wearing wool, and it goes back to tip number 1. With wool, you are being prepared for the four seasons of Norway. Wool has fantastic quality and function.

In the winter and fall seasons, it keeps you warm, and in the summer and spring seasons, it protects you from absorbing sweat when being in action.

For example, when Hiking, The wool keeps you warm & dry. It ensures time for you to enjoy the view of Beautiful Norway at the top of the mountain.

Wool is very comfortable to wear when moving around and traveling; even when being on an airplane, my Wool t-shirt is a lifesaver. Use Wool and adapt to the Norwegian situation and style. Wool is maybe the most crucial layer of many layers when talking about clothing in Norway.

3. Packing to Norway is Packing for Layer clothing

It gives you the option regarding weather and clothing. During the day, you will switch from only wearing layer one to layer three, depending on the weather.

1. Layer: Closest to your skin, there will be wool.

2. Layer: Insulation will be a fleece jacket or my favorite puffy down jacket that can quickly go in my day-pack. This jacket is perfect for spring and summer in Norway and is an excellent jacket for the winter to put under the last layer.

3. Layer: Shell. The shell is to keep you dry and protect you from the wind. You need this jacket in Norway – Summer and Winter! It should be waterproof and breathable – Gore-Tex. Pack Waterproof pants if you plan to have Outdoor and hiking activity’s in Norway.

When having these three layers, you can quickly adjust body heat by removing or adding these off throughout the day. You are ready for Norwegian weather conditions.

Sporty underwear, a wool sweater, and a fleece jacket are signs of being a Norwegian.

4. Packing to Norway is Packing Shoes for Activity & Weather

I never manage to pack less than three shoes when traveling around Norway. I must have a pair of comfortable yet chic sneakers for walking in the city. Then a couple of hiking mountain boots that are waterproof or water-resistant. The last one of the shoes is for going out in the town (If you have good-looking walking shoes, go for them and only go with two pairs of shoes). If you are not going to any nightclub, you are okay with cool sneakers.

Blister Plasters must be in your day-pack when doing hikes; you never know when you need a lifesaver. That will avoid pain and scarred feet.

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Hiking Lauparen at West Coast of Norway with my hiking boots

5. Packing to Norway is Packing for Scarf, Hat, & Gloves

It sucks to be cold when you are hiking for 5 hours or sitting outside in the Norwegian Cafe and enjoying your coffee at 0 degrees. Norwegian’s love is sitting outside. They do it pretty much every day and every season, except when there is -20 minus. We like sitting out in the fresh air and maybe getting sun on our faces in March. Prepare for that experience!

6. Packing to Norway is Packing for Comfort & Practical Clothing

Norwegians are more about comfort and having functional wear before style and fashion. We do love it when they manage to combine practical garments with comfort and style in one.

Norwegians love wool clothing. We love it even more if it has a beautiful design—most of the time, we choose practicality and comfort over fashion. You will see more Norwegians with practical wear than fashion wear. Don’t be worried if you feel a bit sporty that is a part of the Norwegian style!

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That’s me hiking in the mountains – March.

7. Packing to Norway is Packing for the Chance of Summer if Summer

Sometimes the Summer can be warm, 10-25 Celsius degrees (50-77 F). When that happens: Norwegians go crazy. We love it! You should pack one pair of skirts and shorts. Just for when there will be some sun love. If you want to be a crazy Viking, Take a bikini and meet 12 degrees (54 F) water in the fjords of Norway. Sometimes you find Norwegians going with shorts at 10 degrees because it’s summer and not because it’s warm.

If you need to check the weather, Pent.no  compares Norway’s two most prominent weather channels, Storm and Yr.

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Geiranger Fjord in August (Super lucky with the Weather) 25 degrees and Sun!

If you are traveling around in Norway, I would recommend getting a backpack with a day-pack. Because it’s more comfortable since there are places and city´s in Norway with a paving stone that is horrible with a suitcase.

When snowing, the suitcase is a pain in the ass. When you are traveling on a cruise, maybe the suitcase will work fine. If you are traveling by airplane and with Norwegian, they charge you almost 20 U.S to check in your luggage. If you go with hand luggage, you can save money for more fun things in Norway.

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June in Norway at Lofoten in Sakris Island, and I could not have been any luckier with the weather! – Northern Norway

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Hi Laura, yes, you can dress business casual for Oslo for dinners. Nice pants and blouses and an excellent wool sweater are always pleasant. Bring a warm coat, scarf, and comfortable shoes.

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Hi Pauline. We are going to Oslo and other areas in January. I dont know how to dress to dine out in Oslo in January. Can you advise? Laura

In Oslo, you can have more dressed up look, but still casual if you like. Pack a pair of niche pants and a great blouse, and you are ready to go 🙂 I’m glad you liked the rest of my packing list 🙂

As summer transitions into fall, the weather in Norway in September sees the mercury dipping with higher precipitation than usual. In the south, the average September temperature during the day is 15°C. Then 10°C at night or lower.

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Ervin Miller

What temperature will we see in norway the first week or so in september

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Vian Gredvig

Hi Pauline, Thanks for sharing recommendations! We are visiting Norway end of August and early September (2 weeks). I am wondering if you have suggestions for what to pack for Oslo night life.? We are going to a jazz concert while in Oslo early September. I will follow your hiking-packing ideas for rest of trip. 🙂 Vian

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Fantastic tips and great photos! My husband and I are off on a cruise to Stavenger. Olden, Alesund and Haugesund from 6th to 13th May and was really lost re packing. We both have showerproof / windproof jackets we purchased for a trip to Iceland that was cancelled so plan to use these. Also have fleece lined walking trousers and walking boots. Fingers crossed this is suitable!

Yes, Carolyn, bring some nice wool pieces on your trip, you will not regret it 🙂 May can be warm, but it can also be cold. Hope you have a great trip 🙂

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Pauline – thank you so much for the good advice! I have friends getting married in Stockholm in May so we decided to make a larger trip and visit Norway, Denmark and Finland too! I knit and am looking forward wearing all my handmade wool sweaters and socks when I visit – in NJ, USA, late May is usually too warm for wool knits – so excited I will get to wear my favorites for longer this year!

You will not need a vinter coat at this time. Bring a windproof jacket and some good wool and flece to have under this jacket and you should be fine 🙂 I’m hoping for a good spring this year 🙂

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Sheila S Lankford

Hi Pauline we are going on a Norwegian Fjords cruise April 22-May 2. The ships stops in Bergen, Alesund, Molde, Haugesund, Kristiansund and Oslo. Of course I’m planning on layers, but am wondering if we will need a heavier winter coat for Bergen, Alesund and Molde at this time of year, or just a fleece and a shell? Thank you for your advice!

Hi, you will have a great time in Norway. Any shoes that has gore Tex or waterproof system will do the work. Most importantly is that they feel good on your feet, because you will be working around everywhere.

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Bekah Harriman

Hello 🙂 I am a California girl in my 20s and randomly booked a flight to Bergen on October 29th for a week. What are your favorite waterproof walking shoes to wear? This is also my first solo trip ever!

I’m glad you got some great tips for your travels to Norway. Hope you have a great trip!! 🙂

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Great tipps. Thank you! Last minute for us! We are going to Norway next week with two children (2+5). Just updated our packing list. 😉

Robert, that is lovely!! Congratulations!! Thank you for still making me believe in love! I wish you and your wife the best trip in Norway and thank you for liking the blog post. Safe Travels and enjoy my country.

That is going to be a fantastic stay! If you are planning to save money on food, fishing is a good option! And it is most of the time free if you are not fishing in a salmon river where the landlords want to charge you the fishing fee. One of the cheapest grocery stores is Kiwi!! In Norway you can bring your food when hiking and have scenic lunch for free 🙂 It is all about being creative. In July/August you will have the season for the local berries, eat them for breakfast with yogurt. Most of all don’t buy more than you can eat, by this not throwing food away. Maybe not the most genius advice, but that was what I came up with.

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Thanks Pauline. Very Helpful. We are coming to Norway in June for 3 months. I have never fished before… I would like to try when I am there to help save some money on food shopping. Any tips on this please ?

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This is a great tips, Thanks for sharing such an useful Information

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Pauline, my name is Robert from North Carolina US and I loved your post. My wife and I will be traveling to Norway in October of 2020 for our 30th anniversary. We are flying into Oslo for a day and then flying to kirkines for a couple days for a South bound trip down the coast on hurtingrutin to Bergen for a couple more days then hopefully take the train back to Oslo. We are so excited, can’t wait.

I’m glad to hear that it was useful information! Yes, we are all about our wool clothing here. I hope you have an amazing time in Norway. May is beautiful in Norway!

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Thank you for posting this! I am traveling to Norway in May. I was guessing lots of wool, long socks, jeans, hiking pants, boots. I am hoping to only bring a carry on and a bag. It’s quite the expense to check a bag from Seattle to Oslo.

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What to Pack for Norway in Winter [2024 Packing List by a Local]

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What to pack for Norway in winter can be tricky if you are not used to what I like to call “proper winter”. I grew up in Norway, and have had years of training on what to wear during the colder months, and as a result I often get asked what people should pack if they are planning to visit Norway in winter.

As a result of all those questions, I created this Norway winter packing list .

Having grown up here, I always go into the same speech about what to pack and bring, and naturally had to write a packing guide for it. I want to make sure you know exactly what to pack for your winter trip to Norway.

Hopefully, this list of ‘appropriate’ Norway clothing will have you all set and ready for your trip!

Regardless of which part of the country you are visiting, Norway in the winter can be extremely cold, but it can also be extremely wet (at least in the west). Norway is a large country, with vast distances, so what you need to wear and bring will differ a little depending on where you go.

A trip to Lofoten , for example, will require a different set of clothing than a trip to Bergen , but there are a few items that will get you far regardless (and some that are absolute must-haves no matter where you go). I’ve made sure to include absolutely everything you need in this packing list for visiting Norway in winter!

Of course, this winter packing list can also be used for other arctic destinations, such as Finland , Iceland and Sweden .

Read my complete travel guide to visiting Norway here!

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What you need to know before visiting Norway in winter

As mentioned, there are quite a few differences between the various destinations around Norway, but your packing list could also vary a little depending on when in winter you are visiting.

Winter in Norway is quite a long season, and some would say it lasts a lot longer than the 3 months that are defined as ‘winter’. In some areas of the country winter is considered to start in November and end in April!

Thus, the weather in December is considered just as much of a ‘Norway winter’ as in March, and it’s good to be aware of this. So before you go, check the weather forecast and the average temperature at your destination, to know just what kind of winter weather to expect.

The best website for checking the weather in Norway (in my opinion) is Pent . This website compares the weather forecast from two of the biggest weather websites in Norway, so you can see what they both say, and decide on what to wear from there.

Side note : usually the meteorologists from those two institutes (Yr and Storm) differ a little, which is why I use Pent to check the weather. If they differ a lot, I usually assume the weather (and temperature) will be somewhere in the middle between the two forecasts.

Generally, the items on this packing list will get you far, and you’ll be all set for visiting my beautiful country in the winter!

Why visit Norway in Winter?

Whilst summer is the main tourist season in Norway, winter tourism is picking up in certain destinations (some, a little slower than others).

Tromsø and Alta , for example, are mainly winter destinations, with Tromsø being a popular hub for northern lights tours .

Of course, the main reason people visit Norway is to see the northern lights, and winter is the best time to see them (for obvious reasons). Those obvious reasons being that it is dark most of the time, increasing your chances of seeing them.

Another reason people would want to visit in the winter is because there are less people and crowds, so you will have more of the picturesque landscapes to yourself. Additionally, the fjords in winter are an absolute stunning sight to behold.

Those who love skiing or snowboarding travel to Norway during the colder months in order to hit the best slopes during prime time, but there are lots of other activities that are unique to Norway in the winter, such as dog sledding, snow shoe hiking and sleeping in a hotel made entirely out of ice (I’ve stayed there, and it was amazing)!

So, whether you are heading west to the fjords, or up north to the likes of Lofoten and Tromsø, you will find plenty of unique activities. Browse some of them below!

Everything you need to visit Norway in Winter!

Below you’ll find everything I can think of when advising people on what to pack for their winter trip to Norway, and I’ve tried to be helpful by sectioning it into ‘clothing’ (with Norwegian winter coats having their own little section, as they seem to be what people ask about the most), ‘accessories’ (including winter boots and shoes) and ‘gadgets’.

Naturally, the latter is not necessary for your Norwegian adventure but includes things that I have found to be quite helpful when travelling Norway in the colder months.

One, in particular, is extremely importan t, though – so if you only have one takeaway from this packing guide, please read the section about the Norwegian ‘Refleks’.

It is a must if you are to visit Norway in winter when it is dark for a significant amount of time during the day, and something that I have been quite surprised to find that is not very common outside of Scandinavia.

Side note: Scroll to the bottom of the post to go straight to the packing list, if you are not looking for a breakdown of everything you need first.

Clothes to pack for Norway in Winter

Want to know what to pack for Norway in the cold? Here’s the clothing you can’t miss. The keyword here, regardless of whether you’re heading up to the freezing North or are visiting milder destinations further South, is layers .

It’s all about the layers. And Norwegians do layers well. We do layers in winter so well we actually have a saying that goes “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. So there you are.

Since layering is so important, I have structured this starting from the innermost layer and going all the way out to your jacket. This way, by the time you get to the bottom of the guide, you’ll have everything you need!

Whether you are going dogsledding in Alta , northern lights hunting in Tromsø , road tripping in Lofoten or fjord cruising in Bergen – I hope you are taking notes!

#1 Thermal Wear / Baselayer

The first thing you need is a good thermal layer, which you will wear underneath everything else. Even though you may never have owned a set of base layers before, you’ll find that there are lots of great options when it comes to thermal (under)wear.

If you’re Norwegian, you’ll probably have a drawer full of thin, thermal sweaters and trousers, and even thermal boxers and underwear! We grew up on this type of clothing, called “ullundertøy” in Norwegian, which directly translates to “wool underwear”.

The best thermal wear is made from wool, and its main job is to keep the heat you produce in and close to your body. Amongst the most popular brands for this, Kari Traa is number one for women, with Devold and Dæhlie being popular with men.

Kari Traa is a Norwegian former Olympic Freestyle skier ( she’s won gold, silver and bronze in the Olympics, in addition to winning the World Cup several times and, of course, being Norwegian Champion as well ).

She started a clothing brand focusing on activewear and base layers, and it has become a favourite amongst many Norwegians. I genuinely recommend her wool clothes, and especially their socks! I’ll link to them below.

What I love most about Kari Traa’s sets, is that they are not only warm and comfortable, but also comes in fun patterns – so you are not only cozy warm, but look great as well. Lots of Norwegians will just wear these sets inside during the winter to stay warm, to truly get that hygge feeling.

A girl in front of a fireplace smiling at the camera, wearing a wool thermal layer set to stay warm in Norway in winter.

#2 Midlayer

Moving on from the base layer, you obviously need another layer. This is where it will depend on where you are going.

For example, if you are visiting one of the cities in the south (such as Stavanger ), you could be good to go with just your jeans and a warm sweater. On top of your base layer, of course.

But if you are heading further North, you’ll need a mid layer before your final layer (before your outer layer). A mid layer should thicker than your base layer, but not so thick that it can’t be worn under a sweater.

It is often made of fleece or wool, and usually looks nice enough so that you can take your sweater off when indoors. As mentioned, it is absolutely necessary in the north, but not so much in the south.

Fjällraven is a Swedish backpack brand (mainly), that also has some great options for midlayer sweaters and tops. They have a big selection on Zappos .

#3 A nice, warm sweater

It’s time for your final layer before the jacket (or parka) goes on. Whilst I have written an entire guide to Nordic sweaters in the past, I will briefly go through why this is necessary here.

The Nordic/Norwegian wool sweater is not just a fashion statement, but a piece of clothing that will keep you nice and warm during the winter. Thus, it is more than just a necessary layer to keep you warm, but also stylist (and a great souvenir from your trip).

There are several brands that are known for these sweaters, such as Devold, Rauma, and of course Dale of Norway.

Dale of Norway is an expensive, but incredibly popular brand for this, and their beautiful sweaters have become a Norwegian staple. We don’t all have sisters who knit, like me .

#4 Final Layer: Norwegian Winter Coats

Moving on, let’s talk about winter coats and jackets! There are lots of options when it comes to Norwegian outdoor clothing, both when it comes to kickass Norwegian brands and international ones.

If you’re looking for the perfect Norway coat, I hope you’ll find it in this section. A proper coat should be on any winter packing list, whether you are visiting Norway or any other cold country in the winter.

The jackets below should have you sorted, regardless of which section of Norway you are visiting. Personally, I have always loved the Canada Goose jackets , but there are also some great options for those who prefer jackets without fur, such as the Helly Hansen jackets (a Norwegian brand!).

Norwegians swear to what we call boblejakker in the winter, which literally translates to bubble jackets. These are puffy, insulated jackets filled with down or feathers, and often work well to keep you warm as long as the temperature isn’t sub-zero.

#5 Optional: snow pants (or shell pants)

If you are heading up north, and plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, consider packing snow pants (or just an outer layer called “shell pants”). These keep you dry, and in turn, warm.

Snow pants are basically what you would wear skiing, whilst shell pants are just a thin extra layer to keep your (non-waterproof) pants dry.

Not that this is not necessary if you are spending your time in southern Norway (i.e. Bergen, Oslo, the fjords). Also, if you head up north , many activities you join will provide you with thermal suits to wear over your clothing (such as if you go on a Tromsø dog sledding adventure).

A girl skiing in Norway in winter, wearing a white skiing outfit with several layers underneath.

Dressing for Winter in Norway: A local’s advice!

After speaking to a fellow Norwegian travel blogger, Ann-Mari, who actually lives in Finnmark (the northernmost county in Norway), I learned that too many visitors arrive in Northern Norway with good clothing, but not good enough .

She’s been on hikes with temperatures ranging from 2 degrees Celcius ( approximately 35 degrees Fahrenheit ) to -36 ( -33 Fahrenheit ), and so she knows a thing or two about dressing appropriately for winter in Norway! Here are some of the tips she shared:

  • If you are visiting the North of Norway, and have planned activities such as dog sledging, reindeer sledging, ice fishing etc., make sure to bring aprons for your shoes ( this is the translation Google gave me, but in Norwegian they are simply called ‘footbags’, and Amazon tells me they are ‘Overshoes’ ). These are protective ’skins’ you put over your winter shoes, and Ann-Mari recommends a brand called Neos. You can get them here.
  • She also shares that the biggest mistake she sees people make is to buy shoes that are too small and wearing tight layers of socks in them. It is really important to have air in between your socks and shoes , as it helps isolate and keep your feet warm. Otherwise, you’ll be cold regardless of how expensive your shoes are.
  • Another great tip for keeping your feet warm is putting extra soles in them, to help isolate from underneath. These soles by Sara Duodji are actually used by the Norwegian military.
  • When it comes to jackets, she recommends Fjällräven and FXR (and other scooter brands).
  • A side note she added; the native Sami people up North wear reindeer skins from head to toe, and they are seemingly never cold. So if you are able to get your hands on such an outfit, you’ll be good to go.

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Must-Have Accessories for Norway in winter

Now that you’ve got your clothes and outfits cover (say it with me: layers ), it’s time to move on to footwear and other accessories. I decided to include shoes under the accessories section instead of the clothing section for this post.

#1 Shoes and Socks

Proper Norwegian winter boots comes in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few things you need to make sure of when getting boots for Norway in winter.

First things first, they need to be waterproof . Even when going to destinations in Norway where it doesn’t rain a lot, the snow still melts at some point, and you will get wet.

In addition to that, you need to do something to your shoes called ‘ impregnering ‘ in Norwegian. At first, I thought that there was no way the English word for this could be ‘impregnation’, but apparently it is. Buy a decent impregnation spray ( this one is pet-safe – ideal if you are going dog sledding), and make sure to spray your shoes with it before your trip to Norway (and maybe once while you’re here). Trust me on this.

​​​​​​​Then, it’s on to the actual Norwegian winter boots you’re going to bring on your trip! Whether you go full-out and opt for Sorels (the boots recommended by most people), or prefer something a little less expensive, just make sure you stay warm.

I told you I would link to the Kari Traa socks, right? Well, here they are . These socks are not only insanely comfortable , they are also super thin and cool to look at, AND they keep you warm (which is the most important thing, of course).

They are perfect for hiking and other activities in the snow, but I also wear mine in the winter when it’s really cold outside and I’m just chilling in my apartment. I have several pairs of them, and absolutely love them.

#2 The perfect gloves or mittens

Amongst other accessories you need when heading to Norway for winter are the staples; hats, gloves and scarves . Gone are the days when you could lie to your mum and swear your hat was in your bag, because you’re heading somewhere cold and that lie just won’t hold up anymore.

Let’s start with gloves and mittens. Personally, I struggle with finding gloves I can handle wearing for a long time. I keep having to take them off to do something on my phone, or my hands get too sweaty inside them after a little while (this is especially with mittens.

Do note : mittens generally keep your hands warmer than gloves, as your fingers share the heat. So consider bringing a pair of both, so you can switch between depending on your activity.

In case you’re anything like me in this department, here’s your rescue: smart phone gloves! Seriously, these are absolutely genius , and will keep you both warm AND connected to the world. You can find these on Amazon .

#3 Scarves and hats

Then it’s onto the scarves and hats. These come in all shapes and sizes, and a whole range of prices. A good hat (preferably wool and with a double/folded brim) will not only keep your ears nice and toasty, but also keep your body head from leaving your body through your head. So don’t underestimate a good hat.

Scarves (or neck warmers) are also key to keep your throat from getting too cold. No one wants to lose their voice on holiday, so make sure you pack a good scarf in addition to all your layers.

The best hats and scarves are wool, so keep that in mind when browsing.

Gadgets & other necessities for winter in Norway

Now onto the fun part of this winter packing list! Once you’ve got your clothing all set for your trip, it’s time to look beyond that. Some items are often overlooked when people are packing for a visit to Norway in the winter months, but they should have been the first things to make it into your bags.

I am starting with the most important item on your list, and one you should not take lightly. Please do not visit Norway in the winter time without this one .

#1 LIFE SAVING: A ‘ refleks ‘ / reflector

This is incredibly important, and I am really surprised that this isn’t as popular in other countries as in Norway (and Scandinavia). Basically, the ‘refleks’ is there so that cars can see you in the dark. And when you live in a country where it’s dark for the majority of the day in the winter, it’s is not only necessary, it’s literally life saving .

The ‘ refleks ‘ doesn’t really have a good translation into English (other than reflector), as Norwegians use the term to describe several items. The term is used for the reflective slap wraps you can put around your arm, reflective ankle bands and wrist bands, dangling round disks that you can attach to your pockets and clothes, and of course, the high visibility yellow vests you often see authorities wear.

Basically, the refleks is there to save your life, so PLEASE make sure you don’t visit Norway without one (or several).

I’ve been searching through Amazon to find some examples of these, and it has been practically impossible. I don’t understand why these aren’t as mainstream abroad. In Norway you’ll find that EVERYONE wears them in the winter, and lots of companies give them away for free with their logo on it.

At this very moment, I think I have about 12-15 different versions of refleks lying around my various coat pockets and drawers.

We even have reflective thread, and there are several brands that make winter hats and scarves with reflector thread sown into them! It’s absolute genius, especially for children (who often don’t want to wear the reflex, or forget to do so).

Anyway, I eventually cracked the code, and was able to find lots of options on Amazon , so you can get the refleks before your trip to Norway. Please ( please please ) make sure you order some before you go. That way, vehicles will be able to see you in the dark, and you can enjoy a safe holiday to Norway.

You can also go all out and get this reflective windbreaker jacket , or simply get some reflective tape ( great for putting on the heel of your shoes, for example )!

#2 Handwarmers

Moving on, there are some other helpful gadgets to get you through winter in Norway – especially up north. The next on the list is a handwarmer .

These (surprisingly cheap) little packets are incredible, especially if you are prone to getting cold hands. It is incredibly painful to be so cold you can’t feel your fingers, and these little helpers are absolute gold in those situations.

You can get them from this link , and the way they work is that you simply crack them a few times to activate the heating element in them, and then you can keep them in your pockets (with your hands, of course), and stay warm! You’re welcome .

Tip : if you are heading up to northern Norway in the winter in order to see and photograph the Northern Lights , these are an ABSOLUTE MUST. You will get incredibly cold during hours of waiting for the perfect shot (or lights), so having a few of these in your pockets is necessary. Even if you don’t have a fancy camera, here’s how to take photos of the northern lights with just your smartphone !

#3 Spikes / Cleats / Crampons

Next on the list are what I call spikes, because I directly translate them from Norwegian. But, in English they are called cleats or crampons, I believe. Regardless of what you call them, you need them for your winter trip to Norway.

These are sold in packets of two , and you simply strap them to your shoes. They may not be necessary if you are visiting Oslo or Bergen, but if you are heading further north in Norway, or are planning to do any hikes while you are there, they are a necessity (also, you might need them if you are hiking in either of those cities).

In short, they work like the spikes on your car (if you have those where you’re from), and help you get a proper grip on the ground as you are walking. Ice? No problem!

Lip Balm & Hand Cream

One thing I know for certain after growing up in Norway is that your skin does not love the cold. Your face (especially your lips) and hands need extra protection from the cold to prevent them from getting extremely dry and damaged.

Trust me, you do not what to experience cracked skin on your knuckles.

So make sure you pack a good lip balm for your visit to Norway, and also a thick skin cream. There are several brands of skin cream that have been developed especially for the colder climate in Norway, such as the Norwegian Formula (available at Target ).

My favourite lip balm for the cold weather , and a staple amongst most Swedes and Norwegians, is actually quite cheap and can be found in all Norwegian grocery stores. It is called Lypsyl ( literal translation; lip balm, haha ) and is white and blue (with a blue cap). If you ask for Lypsyl at any grocery store, they’ll find it for you.

Side note : I actually found it on Amazon here !

I am sure there are loads of other items, gadgets and pieces of clothing that should be included when packing for winter in Norway, such as a headlamp if you are planning on hiking after dark or a simple tripod if you are hoping to get some good shots of the Northern Lights.

Either way, I hope this list included a few things that you weren’t aware of, and that it has helped you plan your trip to Norway!

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Norway Winter Packing List (itemised)

Now that I’ve gone through everything in detail, I am sure you are looking for a simple, clear and itemised list of what to pack for Norway in the winter. The list below is for a week-long trip. Of course, if you plan on doing laundry in your hotel, or are going for a longer trip, you need to assume you need a little more or a little less of each item on the list.

What you need to pack for your winter trip to Norway:

  • 1-2 good base layer sets consisting of thin wool trousers and a thin wool sweater
  • 2 mid layers sweaters (preferably fleece) – if you are going up north
  • 2 good, warm sweaters
  • 1 jacket, suitable for cold temperatures
  • 1 set of gloves (consider bringing a set of mittens as well, which will keep you extra warm)
  • 1 scarf or neck warmer
  • 7 wool socks
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of impregnated outdoor shoes
  • 1-2 packets of hand warmers
  • 2-3 reflectors per person (you should have at least one on either side of your body – remember that you can never be too visible at night)
  • Spikes/cleats if you are planning on hiking
  • A thin waterproof jacket that you can add over your layers in case of rain
  • A good lip balm
  • Thick hand and face cream

What to pack for Norway every month of winter

A lot of people ask me specifically what to pack for Norway in October, December and so on.

Since this packing guide for Norway in winter is more general, I trust that it will be helpful regardless of which winter month you are traveling.

However, below I have tried to break down the months a little, to give you a little extra nudge. For most of the month, the list is pretty much the same as above, with a few minor edits.

What to pack for Norway in October

October is technically Autumn, but if you are traveling to the cooler parts of the country, you’ll find that the winter packing list above works – with minor changes.

  • thin wool socks
  • 2-3 reflectors per person
  • A thin rain coat (October is a very rainy month)

What to wear in Norway in November

The list below covers pretty much everything you need to pack for Norway in November. The days are getting much shorter at this point, so don’t leave the reflectors at home!

What to pack for Norway in December

The December packing list is pretty much the same as November, with the addition of a Christmas sweater!

If you are visiting Norway in December, make sure to familiarise yourself with our Christmas traditions before you go. I also highly recommend you check out my guide to visiting Norway for Christmas to avoid mistakes.

  • A fun, Christmas sweater

What to wear in Norway in January

January is the coldest month in most places in Norway, so what I said above about wool and layers is extra important this month.

Make sure to pack your Kari Traa wool baselayers, your woolen socks and your hand warmers (especially for outdoor activities).

What to wear in Norway in February

February is still cold, so I recommend following the same winter packing list as before. Luckily, the days are getting longer now!

What to pack for Norway in March

March is technically Spring, but in the touristy areas of Norway, we pretty much have two seasons: high season and low season. Thus, March is considered part of the low season (aka winter season).

There you have it! I hope that you are now super prepared to visit Norway in the winter, and that you know exactly what to wear and what to bring. I know you are going to have an amazing time, as Norway is one of the best countries in the world to visit (in my humble, biased opinion)!

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The Complete Checklist For What To Bring To Scandinavia

The ultimate packing list of what to wear and bring so you’re covered when going on a trip to denmark, norway and sweden.

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Wondering what to pack for a trip to Scandinavia?

Norwegians have a saying: there is no bad weather, only bad clothing! Keeping that in mind, you might be thinking, “So, what are the right things to wear on a trip to Scandinavia?” Well, wonder no more!

As someone who loves traveling to Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, I have a bit of experience in packing for Scandinavian trips. After 7 trips I can clearly remember the things I have been thankful I packed. I can also remember the moments when I was kicking myself for not being prepared!

What you decide to pack for a trip To Scandinavia can be pretty weather-dependent. Weather throughout Scandinavian countries can vary quite a bit. In general, the warmest it will be during the summer in places like Copenhagen or Stockholm is into the 70’s (Fahrenheit), but it can range anywhere from the 50’s to the 80’s. With that in mind, you can imagine that the rest of the year is a bit colder. Of course, the more northern areas can have much cooler temperatures year-round.

Below you’ll find my checklist for what to pack on a trip to Scandinavia. I separated the sections to help make it more manageable for you as you work through the process.

Here we go..

Essential Travel Items

Let’s start with your travel essentials. These are the items you will be packing no matter where in the world you’re headed!

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Charcoal Deodorizers

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Allergen Proof Pillow Cover

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  • Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter

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  • Laundry Detergent Sheets

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  • Dirty Laundry Bag

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Travel Shoe Bags

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Compression Socks

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Spandex Travel Belt

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Portable Charger

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Passport Cover - Waterproof and Rfid Blocking

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  • Luggage Strap and Tag

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Sanitizing Wipes 

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  • Noise Canceling Headphones
  • Passport Cover
  • Hypoallergenic Sanitizing Wipes
  • Charcoal Deodorizers For Suitcase
  • Allergen Proof Pillow Covers
  • Compression Socks for Flying
  • Spandex Travel Belt or other Passport Travel Belt
  • Electronics Chargers and Portable Charger
  • Snacks or Meal Replacements
  • For allergy sufferers, a travel air purifier

In addition to this list, I also recommend including copies of passports and other important documents. That includes copies of your travel companion’s passports as well. If you also created a food plan , make sure everyone has a copy to pack into their bags. In a perfect world, there will be sets of copies in both the carryon and the checked luggage – just in case!

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If you’re particular like me, what you put on your skin matters! That is why I recommend getting silicone travel containers to fill with products. It is the easiest way to guarantee I won’t have a reaction to the hotel’s soap or shampoo. Using the containers also saves you space so you wont have to bring the full size product with you.

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Travel Containers 

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Travel Nail Clipper Set

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Dry Shampoo

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Vitamin C Serum

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  • Toiletry Bag

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  • Hair Elastics

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  • Anti-Chafe Balm

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  • Cotton Swabs

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Travel Toothbrush

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Norwex Body Cloth

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  • Silicone Travel Containers
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Norwex Body Cloth
  • Nail Clipper Set
  • Wet/Dry Hairbrush
  • Vitamin C Skin Serum
  • Hair Tools: Curling Iron, Straightener, etc.

Medications

Making your own travel first aid kit is super easy and so very worth it! Travel can be taxing on your body, so you never know when a cold or illness might come on. Being prepared will hopefully help you stay healthier or help you get better faster if you do get sick.

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  • Clear Travel Bags

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Antibiotic Ointment

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Cold and Flu Medicine

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Pain Reliever

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Upset Stomach Medicine 

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  • Cough Drops
  • Any necessary inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors
  • All prescribed daily medications
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Various Sizes of Bandages
  • Cold and Flu Medication
  • Pain Medication
  • Upset Stomach Medicine

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What To Pack For A Trip To Scandinavia

When planning for what to wear while in Scandinavia, think LAYERS. In my experience the weather can be unpredictable, so you want to have options. I recommend bringing tank tops, long sleeve shirts, sweaters and jackets that can be easily layered for your outfits.

I have noticed people dress very well in Scandinavia as far as the quality of their clothes. They also really embrace being active and spending time outdoors. It shows in that much of their style leans toward being more athletic and functional than purely stylish.

If you love the athleisure look, you’ll probably feel right at home. If athletic wear isn’t exactly your style, plan to pack comfortable, functional clothing. Things that are easy to move in and will continue to look good, even if the weather doesn’t.

When choosing what to pack for a trip to Scandinavia, I try to stick with a neutral color palette. This makes it really easy to mix and match my clothing. In my opinion, black almost always looks helps me look more put together. Often it can easily go from day to night with just a swap of accessories.

As far as accessories, that is where I like to add my color and texture to my outfits when traveling. Scarves are a great way to add more style without taking lots of space in your suitcase!

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All types of weather are possible in Scandinavia! That is why packing good outwear is so important. I personally prefer a jacket with a warm layer and a waterproof layer. It makes it easy to just wear what you need and cuts down on packing space. If you already have a warm coat and a rain coat, that is also a good option. If you are planning to go to Scandinavia during the warmer months, I would also suggest bringing a lighter spring jacket to layer.

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  • Cold weather jacket with waterproof outer layer or a winter jacket and a rain coat
  • Optional: Lighter Spring Jacket

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You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so plan for that in your shoe choices! Comfortable booties that can be dressed up or down are a must when traveling to Scandinavia.

In addition, you will want to pack comfortable walking shoes. You may also want athletic shoes and hiking boots if you plan to take any outdoor adventures during your trip.

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  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Athletic or Tennis Shoes
  • Optional: Hiking Boots

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As I mentioned above, your focus should be on pieces that are easy to layer. Tank tops, long sleeve shirts and sweaters are all a good idea. Packing this way will give you the best options when deciding what to wear each day.

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  • Long Sleeved shirts for layering
  • Dressy Top/s

Comfortable pants are going to make a big difference when walking around in Scandinavia. I like to pack a few pairs of leggings and at least one great pair of jeans. It is also nice to have some pants that can be dressed up when heading out for dinner, such as moto leggings or faux leather leggings.

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  • Athletic Leggings
  • Other Pants: Moto Pants or Faux Leather Pants

Just because Scandinavia might be more casual in general, doesn’t mean you wont need to dress up. I recommend bringing at least one dress, whether it be a sweater dress or a sun dress. That way you are prepared if you decide to head out to a Michelin Star restaurant in Copenhagen or out on the town in Oslo.

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  • Sweater Dress or Sundress

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Accessories

Accessories are my favorite place to bring color and texture to my outfits. I like patterned scarves or faux fur to dress things up. While you may not need a hat or gloves in the summer in Copenhagen, if you’re heading up to the north of Norway, you should probably throw them in your bag. In my mind, it is better to be too prepared than to miss out on experiences because I don’t have the right clothing.

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  • Travel Umbrella

Necessities

You won’t want to forget these items! I like to pack a variety of styles of bras and socks for various activities. You may even want to pack a swimsuit in case you’re planning to take a dip during your trip.

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  • Sports bras and other everyday bras
  • Tall socks (for hiking boots)
  • Ankle socks
  • Optional: Swimsuit

I hope this checklist helps you know what to pack for a trip to Scandinavia! It is a great guideline for you to know you’ve packed everything you might need for a trip to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. A trip to Scandinavia is always on my “to-do” list and I can’t wait for you to enjoy all that it has to offer. Just remember to keep it simple! Pack smart and you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way.

Are you planning a trip to Scandinavia or have you visited in the past? What was the hardest part about packing for your trip?

My Travel Must-Haves:

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Rolling Hardside Suitcase

Suitcase Straps and Tags

Compression Socks 

Travel Laundry Bag

Travel Nail and Essentials Kit

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Cozy Cardigan

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Zippered Carry-On

Travel Adapter and Converter 

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Travel Belt

Portable Travel Charger

Passport Case 

Zippered Pillow Covers

Silicone Travel Bottles and Clear Case

Detergent Sheets

Charcoal Air Purifiers

Noise Canceling Earbuds

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Travel Air Purifier

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Dual Voltage Mini Curling Iron/Straightener

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Mini Travel Umbrella

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Mini Travel Clothes Steamer

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What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List

What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List

It doesn’t matter when you plan on visiting Northern Europe; whether at the start of the year or around June, there are a few clothes you must pack for your trip to enjoy your stay there. In this piece, we’ll cover everything you need to carry to ensure you’re well-prepared for any occasion. Here’s our advice on what to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List.

Essentials Items to Pack in All Seasons

Hiking boots.

Scandinavia and even Northern Europe are well known for its gorgeous countryside and beautiful mountains, so whether the weather is sunny or wet, you must carry your hiking boots or best walking shoes to explore all these places during your visit. How will you even enjoy a big city break without your walking shoes?

What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List

Rain Jacket

The first thing everyone tells you to pack while you tell them you’re visiting Northern Europe is a raincoat . The weather there can change so fast, and even on hot days, you may encounter heavy rains lasting around 15 minutes, so if you don’t have your coat, you will not like the experience.

Extra Layers

Choosing the best outfit for a day in Scandinavia and even Northern Europe can be difficult because even on a nice day, cold winds could spoil the fun. That’s why putting on some extra layers inside is advisable so that if the winds start blowing early, you will not have to quit having fun. Keeping warm in such cases also helps you avoid catching a cold. Getting sick during such a highly anticipated visit is the last thing you want to imagine.

A raincoat could keep you safe on a rainy day, however, it can get too hot and uncomfortable when it’s raining on a sunny day, and in this case, your umbrella, or “brolly” as locals call it, will be the best option. Ensure you are careful because winds could damage your umbrella, and you’ll also be exposed to rain. It means you have to pack a strong umbrella.

What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List., read on….

What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List

A Packing List for a Spring Visit to Scandinavia

Carrying the wrong clothing for a trip can ruin your experience, so if you want to visit Northern Europe in Spring and have the best time of your life, here’s what you need to carry.

You will sometimes encounter the winds while walking in Scandinavian countryside or when visiting the Scottish Highlands, but if you carry your woolly jumper, you will have nothing to fear. You will see many people wearing jumpers in Northern Europe; since the country has many sheep, wool is not a problem .

Windbreaker

During Spring in Northern Europe, the weather will most likely be windy when it’s not raining, and in this case, a windbreaker is the best outfit to wear.

Shorts and Jeans

Although you don’t often wear jeans, ensure you have a pair when you visit Northern Europe. Jeans, made of strong material, are great when you need to go for a wilderness hike because they protect you from bug bites and nettle stings. Shorts are also a must-have for the few sunny days during the spring.

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The Best Summer Packing List for Scandinavia

Summer in Northern Europe and Scotland is almost like in other places, so you’ll need the same clothes you would require elsewhere but remember to carry your umbrella in case anything happens. Fairfield House Hotel is a lovely place to spend a summer break, so is a new concealed gem resort just outside the capital of Norway .

Sunglasses are essential for your summer holiday, especially if you are exploring the mountains since the sun can be blinding, hindering visibility. If you can see well as you hike, the trip can be risky since you can quickly find yourself in an accident.

Carrying a sun hat is an optional choice, depending on your preference, however, having something to cover your face and head when the sun is burning in the afternoon will make you comfortable.

Short-sleeved T-shirts

You must have short-sleeved t-shirts for your summer holidays, and this also applies to Northern Europe. There’s a common saying for Scottish summertime, and it goes like this “sun oot, guns oot”, so remember to carry your short-sleeved t-shirt so you can show off the guns!

There are great beaches on Northern Europe’s west coast, for example, the one found at Troon. Dipping yourself in the sea to overcome the heat at the beach is one of the best feelings.

A Packing List for a Tour to Scandinavia in Autumn

As summer comes to an end and autumn begins, everything in Northern Europe looks beautiful, and although you’re likely to get wet, autumn country walks are the best.

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Hoodies are perfect for many occasions, one of which is the midges you’ll most likely face on your evening walks.

Light waterproof jacket

Autumn weather is not that bad, but you’ll realize that rain showers will start to occur more often as time goes by. That’s why you must have a light waterproof jacket, especially as autumn begins, around late August and early September.

Flannel Shirts

Flannel shirts are a unique fashion, and they are also warm. You can button them up with your jeans and favorite jacket or wear them casually with a t-shirt. If you’d like to explore the nightlife, this is the attire for that endeavor.

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Essential Items to Pack for Winter in Scandinavia

Although Scandinavian and Scottish winters are beautiful, they are usually harsh and very cold. The following items will make life easier for you during the winter in Northern Europe.

Imagine having numb toes while shopping for a Christmas party in the city center. If you want to avoid being in such a situation, don’t forget some warm socks (fluffier ones are the best).

Hats and scarves

The winter comes with icy winds that cut through the jawbone and ears, so you should put on your hat and scarf every time you leave the house.

Fleeces are an excellent addition to have under your winter jacket because they are warm, lightweight, cheap, and comfortable. They are better than jumpers because they are softer, so they will fit well with the other layers.

Thermal layers

You must have thermal layers if you’re planning to explore the mountains during winter because temperatures may fall below zero, and you’ll find yourself chittering when you stop to take a breath.

What to Wear in Scandinavia: All-Season Packing List – Final Thoughts

It’s important to be prepared for the changing weather conditions in Northern Europe, as the seasons can bring drastic temperature changes. Layering is key, and investing in high-quality, warm, and waterproof clothing and footwear will ensure you stay comfortable and stylish throughout your travels.

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Norway cruise in June WHAT TO PACK

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By let's go cruising , March 18, 2022 in Northern Europe & Baltic Sea

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I am getting excited about our upcoming Norway cruise for June. We are starting to think about what we should be packing. We've only ever cruised in the Caribbean or Mediterranean during the summer. I don't know how much cold/hot weather we should plan for. Advice and ideas?

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Start with a Google search of weather for a couple of your ports. For example, "Bergen June weather".

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June Weather in Bergen Norway. Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 58°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 70°F. Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 45°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 54°F.

From https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/tours/fjord-tours/weather-in-the-norwegian-fjords, summer - plan for both sun and rain.

  • The coastal areas of Norway are known for frequent precipitation. That does not mean you need to bring a Sou’wester (although their yellow raincoat counterparts are quite trendy!), but a good quality raincoat is a must.
  • While we do recommend bringing a comfy sweater and a light wind jacket for the occasional breeze, summer in Bergen tends to offer temperatures pleasant enough even for a dip in the sea. 
  • Don’t forget non-wearables! With light clothing items such as shorts, skirts and t-shirts being your regular packing must-haves, a good camera might be what you’d appreciate the most.
  • Leave your crocs at home – if you’re planning on going hiking to see the fjords, you need a pair of sturdy, yet comfortable hiking boots. 

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Sea42 is answering your question very well, however in addition to it being Norway in June, it is also necessary that you state where in Norway.  There is a very big difference between Bergen, Tromsø and Honningsvåg.  The right clothes are important - layers of clothing and expect it to rain.  Still Snow in the mountains. I have seen many cruise guests who have packed a suitcase for a Caribbean cruise - it does not quite fit in Norway.

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Agree about a good quality rain jacket! The weather in Norway lived up to its reputation when we did our cruise at the beginning of July. I have never seen rain like it, the day we were in Bergen ( that’s saying something as we’re from Scotland) but we didn’t let it spoil our fun. Saying that, we had beautiful weather in Alesund , which was my favourite port. We did a hike and most of the locals were in shorts. I’d say it was in low 60’s. Temperature is relative - if you normally live somewhere quite hot, you won’t need shorts in Norway. While we thought the temperatures were pleasant and similar to our Scottish summer, there were Americans on our cruise in winter coats and woolly hats. To summarise weather is unpredictable from day to day but waterproof shoes, rain jacket and quick dry trousers are essential. Enjoy your cruise, Norway is amazing.

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On my Land of the Midnight Sun cruise in June 2019 the prior weather forecast was for cool temperatures (mid teens C°) and rain. We packed layers, gloves, beanies and a good rain jacket. Our weather turned out to be mostly fine with only a couple of overcast days with occasional light rain in Tromso and Lofoten Islands. We had sunny days elsewhere and at Geiranger and Trondheim were in T'shirts in the middle of the day. We only wore our gloves and beanies once when at North Cape and used our rain jackets more for the wind which was a bit brisk at times. Layers were the key to cover all eventualities so we could add or subtract depending on the weather which could be very changeable throughout the day. It was also quite cool in the early mornings when on deck to watch the sail in to the fjords.

I wrote a lengthy post yesterday, but it did not post. It was marked "hidden" and would need to be reviewed. I have no idea why. I've never had any issues with any of my posts.

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6 hours ago, let's go cruising said: I wrote a lengthy post yesterday, but it did not post. It was marked "hidden" and would need to be reviewed. I have no idea why. I've never had any issues with any of my posts.  

That can happen because some word or words in your post, or something you may have named, automatically triggered a review. Usually the post is innocuous and will be approved. Sorry you lost your work! 

1 hour ago, Turtles06 said: That can happen because some word or words in your post, or something you may have named, automatically triggered a review. Usually the post is innocuous and will be approved. Sorry you lost your work! 

I honestly have no idea. I said what ports we were going to and what we would be doing. 

I feel like I'm getting a handle on what to wear off the ship and even during the day. We have a travel trailer and camp in State/National Parks, so Norway is right up our alley. We love birding. In fact, in early May we will be spending a couple of weeks camping/birding along Lake Erie in Northwest Ohio . That should prepare us for what to wear in Norway in June.

HOWEVER, What are people's thoughts/experiences on evening wear? 

We (56F and 58M) are interested in packing light (like Rick Steves) because we will have so many transfers in England. Has anyone packed like that for a cruise? Dinner clothes in the Caribbean wouldn't be so daunting because we have cruised there many times. We've never cruised in a cold(er) climate. 

I LOVE thinking about and planning travel.

3 minutes ago, let's go cruising said: I LOVE thinking about and planning travel.

You still need to list the ports you call at to get the best guidelines - large differences between Bergen, Tromsø or Honningsvåg in June.

2 hours ago, hallasm said: You still need to list the ports you call at to get the best guidelines - large differences between Bergen, Tromsø or Honningsvåg in June.

Thank you - this is in the southern part of Norway. Layers of clothing is the answer to your question - rain and windproof outer layers - it can be cold in the morning when you are on the upper decks to follow the entrance through the deep fjords or into the mountains.  Expect 50% days of rain - but it can be periods of mostly rain or mostly sun.  The temperature will be between 55 ° F to 59 ° F rarely below 50 ° F or exceed 70 ° F  Sunrise is around 4:00 am and sunset 11:30 pm - varies 30 minutes depending on time of month.

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Royal Caribbean packing list: What to pack for a cruise, Royal Caribbean style

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Whether you’re new to cruising or someone who’s sailed tons of times but hates the prep, packing for a cruise can be a daunting task. There are standard items — including duct tape — that should be a part of any solid cruise packing list .

But what if you want to drill down even further and pack items specific to your brand of choice? We’ve created this Royal Caribbean packing list to feature everything you need to sail on the line’s midsize and megaships in the islands and around the world. Here’s what to pack for a Royal Caribbean cruise.

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Royal Caribbean cruise packing list at a glance

  • Royal Caribbean International app

Activity-appropriate attire

  • Branded lanyard or luggage tags
  • Drinks and water bottle

Electronics accessories

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If you want your cruise with Royal Caribbean to be smooth sailing, download the Royal Caribbean International cruise line app on your cellphone. It will allow you to check in for your sailing in advance, so you’re ready to go on embarkation day. Just provide the required details, upload a photo, link a credit card and choose an embarkation time, and you’ll be able to breeze your way on board in a matter of minutes.

After you board and connect to the ship’s Wi-Fi , it will also allow you to check the daily activity schedule and dining times; message your fellow cruisers; make dining, shore excursion and show reservations; and view your onboard bill.

Even better, since the app is stored on your phone, which we’re sure you’re planning to pack, it doesn’t take up any additional space in your luggage.

A tote bag or small backpack

Whether you plan to be out and about all day in port or roaming the ship in search of your next activity, it helps to have a bag handy to carry things like sunscreen, books and your cellphone.

Given how large Royal Caribbean’s ships can be, you’ll be glad to have a bag so you don’t have to run back and forth to your cabin to grab items you forgot. On the largest Oasis-class vessels , it’s nearly a quarter-mile walk from bow to stern.

Royal Caribbean is known for innovative attractions you never thought you’d see on a cruise ship. They include carousels, skydiving simulators and bumper cars. If you plan to take part in these activities, make sure you’re dressed for success.

For example, onboard zip lines require closed-toe shoes, and you’ll need socks for the climbing shoes you’ll have to wear to scale your ship’s rock climbing wall. Bring long pants and socks if you’d like to lace up your ice skates at Studio B, the ice rink found on many of the line’s vessels.

You’ll want to pack a one-piece bathing suit or some sort of athletic attire if you’re a woman preparing to take on the FlowRider surf simulator . (A crew member told me people in bikinis have about a 50% chance of losing their tops when they fall into the spray.)

A branded lanyard or luggage tags

It’s a fact: Many cruisers wear lanyards around their neck to hold their cruise keycards. (It’s important not to lose the cards since they double as onboard charge cards and shipboard IDs.) Whether you’re going for fashion or function, you can find many styles and colors to meet your needs.

However, perhaps none is as appropriate for a Royal Caribbean voyage as a branded lanyard with the cruise line’s logo. Search Etsy for custom Crown and Anchor options to show your shipmates you’re loyal to Royal.

Another great way to show off your Royal Caribbean pride is with logo luggage tags for your bags. They’re both apropos and functional.

Drinks and a reusable water bottle

If you’re looking to save some money on drinks during your next sailing, note that you can bring two bottles of wine or sparkling wine per cabin. There will be a $15 corkage fee per bottle if you choose to enjoy your beverage outside your room, but it’s still cheaper than purchasing wine on board — even if you have a drink package.

Royal Caribbean also allows passengers to bring up to 12 cans, plastic bottles or cartons of nonalcoholic drinks onto its ships.

If you buy a drink package, you will receive a special branded travel tumbler for the soda machines on board. If you don’t buy a package, you’ll want to pack a reusable water bottle or travel mug that you can refill with your favorite beverage.

No one unplugs on cruises anymore; in fact, bringing a variety of tech accessories can actually enhance your cruise.

Start with a non-surge-protected power strip (ones with surge protectors will be confiscated) to increase the number of outlets available to charge your electronic devices in your cabin. These are especially helpful on older ships, which often lack charging outlets and USB ports .

Looking to capture some candids at the beach on Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, or snag the perfect family photo with the pool deck sunset as a backdrop? Toss a waterproof phone case, selfie stick or GoPro with a gimbal into your bag.

In keeping with the changing preferences of its clientele, Royal Caribbean has largely relaxed its dress code . That means beachwear (by the pools) and resort-casual clothing are the norm during the day. At night, you’ll see passengers in everything from jeans and T-shirts or sports jerseys to ball gowns and tuxedos — although the latter is becoming increasingly less common.

In fact, on my last weeklong cruise with Royal Caribbean, we had one formal night and one “dress to impress” night, neither of which was mandatory.

In that vein, pack comfy clothes appropriate for the weather in the destinations you’re visiting (think: wrinkle-resistant pants , and dresses and shirts made from cotton-polyester blends, which are difficult to wrinkle and fold up quite thin). Quick-dry fabrics are a great option in hot and humid destinations like the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Between the burgers, fries and onion rings from Johnny Rockets; greasy but delicious Sorrento’s pizza; and free Mexican fare at El Loco Fresh, you might find yourself experiencing indigestion or heartburn after indulging in comfort food on Royal Caribbean ships.

Toss a small bottle of antacid into your toiletry kit to help ward off any potential discomfort.

One of the most iconic aspects of many Royal Caribbean ships is the FlowRider — a free surf simulator that allows passengers to try their hand at boogie boarding and surfing.

You’ll sometimes see the more seasoned surfers bringing their own boards onto the ship when they embark. If you’re someone who has tried the FlowRider before and has their own board, why not make it part of your packing list?

Royal Caribbean is well known in the cruise world for its theme parties. You’ll find everything from ’70s and ’80s nights to Caribbean and cowboy themes, as well as a White Night and a club experience called Red, where you might want to dress accordingly.

Unfortunately, Royal Caribbean doesn’t list its theme nights before sailing, so pack a little something for each if you want to be prepared.

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