If you’re wondering about Norway clothing and what to wear in Tromso in Winter, I too spent ages on the internet trying to find out information. I didn’t know how cold it was actually going to be because I visited during the Polar Night at the end of November.
Having lived in Australia since 2011, I had no warm clothes for the trip. I thought it was going to cost a lot to prepare to see the Tromso Northern Lights. So I’m bringing you everything I learnt about Norway clothing and what you should pack for Tromso.
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Snow scenes when we landed into Tromso airport.
The first thing you need to understand is Tromso weather. We visited Tromso at the end of November – early December during the Polar Night.
When we got off the plane, it was actually snowing. Although when I looked at the temp difference from England to Tromso on my weather app, it didn’t look too different.
I was convinced it would be freezing in Tromso but in actual fact it wasn’t at all. I was rarely ever cold and at times I wore too much and I had to take layers off.
It was cold on the Northern Lights tour as there’s a lot of standing around for ages so make sure you wear thermals.
It was also really cold when we went up to the top of the Cable Car to Fjellheisen (the viewpoint overlooking the city) but other than that it wasn’t too bad. It does however get much colder as the winter months go on.
You can find out about the Tromso weather Norway forecast here.
Tromso weather Average temperatures, precipitation & wind
September: 9.6°C / 88 mm / 2.3 m/s October: 4.5 °C / 89 mm / 2.9m/s November: 0.1°C / 30.3 mm / 3.8 m/s December: 0.5°C / 235.6 mm / 4.4 m/s January: -1.5°C / 166.2 mm / 4.9 m/s February: -2.9°C / 108 mm / 3.6 m/s March: -1.6°C / 148 mm / 3.7 m/s
After staying in Tromso, we would have easily considered one of the following hotels because they were closer to town than where we were staying. Each of these hotels are located right in the heart of Tromso and offer up fantastic facilities for everyone.
Raddison Blue Hotel Tromso is our top pick because it’s a stylish hotel, right in the centre of Tromso. It’s also the main pick up point for most of the tours (which makes it much easier than having to walk on the ice around town, trust me we had to rush over here for many tours!).
This is another fantastic Tromso accommodation option, right in the heart of the city so you won’t need to walk far to see the city sights. It’s a cash-free 3 star hip hotel with free wifi and bike rental.
Tromso Bed & Books is located in the middle of Tromso. This cosy Tromso accommodation includes a library, a sun deck, free wifi and laundry facilities. Just imagine it snowing outside and you’re curled up with a good book. Bliss!
At Tromso Outdoor, we hired out a brilliant warm down jacket that was super cost.
The boots we hired out were excellent from Tromso Outdoor. I even considered buying a pair of Sorel Boots for like £150 which is a good investment if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the snow. They are really warm and make all of the difference when you’re in snow temperatures.
I ended up just bringing my Scarpa waterproof hiking boots which I bought from here which were good for arriving and leaving Tromso. To be honest, you really need snow boots to deal with the ice and colder temps for your entire trip.
Spikes are a must have when visiting Tromso in winter.
It turned out not many people wore spikes and the locals find it a novelty to watch the tourists wear them, but I can tell you what, they are 100% worth it and a definitely must have item on your Tromso packing list!
It wasn’t much fun walking up and down this icy hill each day!
You could spot a tourist a mile off as they walked very slowly and nervously around the streets in Tromso. I saw locals wearing trainers and even a lot of people cycling through the ice. I have no idea how they even did that!
Our airbnb was up a hill and on the first morning trying to walk down was an absolute nightmare in my Scarpa Boots. As soon as we picked up our clothing rental, it all changed. We were confident and gliding through the snow thanks to these boots and spikes!
If you’re staying in a hotel, Tromso Outdoor will even deliver your clothing for FREE before you even arrive. If you’re staying in an airbnb, you’ll have to pick up your clothing from their office in the city or you can pay an extra charge for them to deliver it to your door.
I was so thankful for finding Tromso Outdoor and it was a saviour for our trip to Tromso for sure!
Other things I brought with me included some thermals which I only wore when we went on a Northern Lights tour. I should have worn the trousers I hired from Tromso Outdoor as well because it was freezing. When you’re standing outside for hours on the Northern Lights tour, you’ll want to wear as many layers as possible.
I also bought two 100% wool jumpers which I love. To be honest, in the 5 days I was in Tromso, I only wore the one the whole time.
I always wore a scarf, hat and jeans along with my boots and jacket rental. I read on another blog about how the locals just wear loads of wool jumpers and no coat but this is absolutely rubbish. We didn’t see anyone crazy enough to not wear a coat!
Don’t worry about having to spend $$$ on your clothing for your holiday to Tromsø, you can just hire most of it from Tromso Outdoor!
They offer many different clothing rental packages. We got the Exclusive Arctic Clothing Package which cost 820Nok (AU$135) for 5 days, or you can hire for less days, ie 389Nok for 1 day ($63). The package included the following
Insulated pants with straps
Hat with ear flaps
If you want to hire out just the down jacket it costs 150Nok a day, Boots cost 105Nok a day and spikes are 25Nok a day.
I took two pairs of Icebreaker merino socks with me which you’ll 100% need. You always need to keep you feet and head warm and a good pair of soaks is a must. I love Icebreaker, they are honestly the best.