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Best time to visit Svalbard and Jan Mayen

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The best time to visit Svalbard and Jan Mayen is May-August

Svalbard and Jan Mayen can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, May-August is the best time to go.

During the peak of the warmer months, temperatures in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen can rise to a maximum of around 7℃ (46℉). In the winter, temperatures can get down to -22℃ (-8℉) around March-time. In other areas of Svalbard and Jan Mayen, temperatures might differ so be sure to compare other destinations below.

The days are longest in Svalbard and Jan Mayen in September, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Svalbard and Jan Mayen usually falls during the months surrounding October each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Svalbard and Jan Mayen, including the most popular destinations, detailed weather information, and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

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Svalbard and Jan Mayen seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Svalbard and Jan Mayen is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Svalbard and Jan Mayen

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

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Top FAQs

Svalbard and Jan Mayen is in Europe.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Svalbard and Jan Mayen:

The warmest month of the year in Longyearbyen, one of the most popular places to visit in Svalbard and Jan Mayen, is July.
The driest month of the year in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, is usually around June each year.

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