Norway, and the Lofoten Islands in particular, can have very unpredictable weather. It is also a very costly place to visit and forgetting an item can mean a last minute trip to a mall in Norway where items are expensive. Not packing properly can literally break your budget. You don’t want to forget anything while packing for a summer trip to Norway.
Lofoten is sure to have warmer weather compared to visiting in the winter months. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, it can be quite beautiful for most of summer with temperatures reaching 73°F (23°C). But regardless, you still need to pack warm clothes and layers. Below is exactly what I brought to Norway when I went in July 2019. This is the perfect packing list to get you on your way.
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I always try to travel with a carry on only. Not only is it lighter and easier to travel alone with just one small bag, but I save time. No waiting in line to check my bag or pick it up after a flight. You'll be surprised just how much stuff can fit in a carry on!
A quick note on packing light: To help pack as light as possible I try and bring clothes that serve multiple purposes. A maxi skirt that can be work over a bathing suit as a cover-up and also be worn with my heels for a nicer dinner. I also pack the same general colors throughout my bag so that everything matches easily.
Best Clothing For a Week in Lofoten Norway
I wore these every day! I good base layer is essential for staying warm and dry in Norway. Look for something that is thin so you won't feel bulky and wicks away moisture.
Long Sleeve Thermal for Layering
Again, more clothes for layering. I like my thermals to be form fitting so I can add them under looser sweaters. I brought one in white, one in black, one in red, one in teal. Simple but great for an added layer. Also you can wear these to get great photos but look like you are in different outfits.
Try to find something wool, it will keep you the warmest. I brought two of these, one in white and one in grey. Both of mine were also turtlenecks. Mornings in Lofoten can be windy and cold. Even if the sun goes behind the clouds temperatures can drop significantly.
A vest, especially one made of down feathers, is perfect for adding on top of my long sleeve shirts. I also like that they made me feel a bit more fashion forward. Look for one in a solid color, preferably white, to match everything.
Heavy Waterproof Overcoat
Between small rain showers and mist from waterfalls you will get wet in Lofoten Norway. I brought both a light overcoat that was waterproof and a heavy one. I definitely recommend the heavy one!! Don't think you will be fine because it is summer. Lofoten gets COLD. Especially at night when the wind kicks up. I recommend something with a hood and a fur lining around the trim.
Packable Waterproof Coat
I basically only wore fleece lined leggings. On super cold days I wore my base layer and two pairs of fleece leggings. I regret packing jeans, they take up too much space and take forever to try. It tends to rain in Norway, even for just 10 minutes. Better off leaving them at home.
There are days, and hikes, when you will want something lighter. I packed a lightweight down jacket. It rolls up to take up almost no space but will protect you from wind and water.
The exact jacket I wore in Norway:
Alp-N-Rocks Alpina Jacket.
Incredibly essential you will want to bring a good amount of socks. I wore them when I slept at night and all throughout the day. For my 10 days in Norway I brought 4 pairs. They definitely stunk near the end but Matt didn’t mind.
I only brought one scarf during my trip and used in only on incredibly windy days. I still suggest bringing at least one, it is something you should have to option of wearing.
Keeping your head warm is key when in Lofoten Norway. I brought two different caps, one in white and one in red. Also they look really cute in pictures!
Duck boots are the perfect shoe for your entire trip to Norway. They are fashion forward and waterproof making them a great addition to anything the weather throws at you. I suggest the Sperry brand duck boot since they are long lasting and durable.
Even though it is cold in Lofoten Norway I would still be sure to pack a swimsuit!! Although Noway doesn’t have Hot Pots like Iceland does, there are still many places that have beautiful scenic outdoor hot tubs. Not to mention many hotels have saunas and steam rooms that come with a room reservation.
Other Norway Packing Essentials
Backpack or Day Pack
If you are going to be camping please don’t forget to pack a towel for showering. A microfiber one like this one is great for space saving and it is quick drying.
You’ll want a pretty big bag if you plan on hiking while in Norway. I use a Hershel day bag to carry all my stuff while I travel (including camera equipment). If you don’t think you need something that big I suggest the small, but spacious, Hershel backpack.
It definitely gets sunny in Lofoten during the summer. And even if you are visiting in the winter, all that white snow or water is very reflective. You are going to need some sunglasses!
Lofoten Norway is the land of the midnight sun. AKA sunshine all day long. Protect yourself with great sunscreen. I really encourage you to use natural sunscreen for your body.
My go to every day face sunscreen is EltaMD. It keeps my skin protected and also ensures I don’t break out while traveling.
Electronics and Camera Equipment
Any converters you need
Pack a long one just in case the plug isn't close to the bed!
I bought this 3-pack of chargers a while ago and I love it because it comes with different lengths. The small one I keep in my bag with my portable charger. The long ones I use next to the bed.
When it comes to documenting your trip, make sure you have all the right gear.
Camera (I use the Nikon D5600)
Extra Lens (I use a Sigma Wide Angle) and camera equipment
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Norway along with you. Here are some of the best travel guide books I recommend...
One of the most common questions I get: What is the best camera for travel photography? I personally love my Nikon D5600. I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens (for Nikon) which I am genuinely obsessed with.
And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette at gmail dot com).