What to Wear in Norway

Tromso in March

Tromso in March

Oslo Royal Palace in Spring

Oslo Royal Palace in Spring

Kristiansand in May

Kristiansand in May

Oslo Vigeland sculpture park in May

Oslo Vigeland sculpture park in May

Stavangar in May

Stavangar in May

Flam in June

Flam in June

Summer hiking in Flam

Summer hiking in Flam

Awaiting a boat trip, Stavanger in Summer

Awaiting a boat trip, Stavanger in Summer

Stavanger in June

Stavanger in June

Fjord cruising in June

Fjord cruising in June

Bergen quayside in July

Bergen quayside in July

Oslo Royal Palace in August

Oslo Royal Palace in August

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General Style Tips

  • Norwegians' dress is generally casual but neat and clean; sports and outdoor gear are common away from the cities.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved tops and boots are good to pack all year round - with extra warmer layers including sweaters, fleeces and knitwear for the winter.
  • For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
  • Remember to pack your sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) as the sun can be strong even when the temperature is cold.
  • And take sunglasses as the sunrays reflect from the white snow and off the water of the lakes and fjords.
  • You may also wish to take something to protect your face and lips from the cold dry air. Children's faces in particular should be protected by using plenty of lip balm and clothing such as balaclava hats.
  • If it's likely to be snowing when you plan to visit, pack snow goggles - they really will help.
  • When hiking, wear sturdy footwear and always carry a snack, drink, warm clothing etc - and don't forget your camera!
  • Norwegians are really into woollen clothing, so with knitwear you will fit right in.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime exploring. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • If you plan to dine in more up-market restaurants or hotels pop in a smarter outfit and shoes.
  • Remember a few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • In summer (June, July, August) pack a range of layers for all weather conditions - warm and cold, wet and dry.
  • Sunny days in summer can be pleasantly warm - enough for shorts and t-shirts if you're not too far north. But the weather can change quickly, so always be prepared with a sweater and raincoat to hand - especially if you're venturing further afield on walks or hikes.
  • April and August are mosquito high times - make sure you pack insect/mosquito repellent then.
  • The winter months of November, December, January, February and March are freezing cold and, as well as layers, you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles.
  • It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • It rains throughout the year, so pack a waterproof jacket or light raincoat whenever you visit.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Norway

  • If cruising the fjords, any sunlight makes it incredibly bright so sunglasses are essential if you want to see the fabulous sights in comfort. It's also likely to be very windy out on the water so you'll need a sweater, fleece or coat, and perhaps a secure hat or hair band if you have long hair.
  • Bergen is known as the wettest city in Europe, so go prepared!

Other Things To Pack

  • Everything is expensive so make sure you pack everything you think you will need.
  • If you're heading to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), remember your camera!
  • In outdoor pursuits, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home!  Norwegian knitwear is a very popular buy, and although it is expensive there is a fabulous choice of high quality items which will last you for years.  Visitors can reclaim the VAT from larger purchases when they depart the country so keep your receipts.

Last updated 26 June 2017.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.