Norway is one of those travel destinations where you need to be ready for weather changes in an instant. We took a road trip in the Fjord region in late August and our days would range from sunny and warm temps to snow on the ground while driving from one fjord to another.
Our Norway Travel Details:
Time of Year: Late August
Location: Western Fjord Region
Length of Trip: 9 Days
Weather: The weather varied between pouring rain, 75 degrees and sunshine, and snow in the higher elevations.
Temperature: Ranging from 20 degrees to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Norway Packing Guide
When visiting destinations with fickle weather, like Norway, it’s always best to bring layers — even when visiting in the summer months. We consulted our Alaska packing guide before this trip, but added a few different items for the days we spent in Bergen and Alesund.
We got so accustomed to clear skies during our visit in late August that we found ourselves unprepared on an extremely long hike to Feigumfossen waterfall in Lusterfjord. At the top of the steep climb, buckets of rain began pouring down on us and we were in for a very wet and extremely muddy shuffle down the mountain. We used the only warmth we had to cover our camera gear because we even forgot our backpack rain cover in the car!
If you plan on doing any intense hiking in the fjords, make sure to be prepared for colder temperatures at the top! I cannot stress this enough. Bring WARM layers and rain gear, even if it means carrying a larger backpack.
Trolltunga, one of the most famous hikes in Norway, is known to be extremely cold at the top. We hiked Molden in Sognefjord and the temperature dropped at least 30 degrees from the bottom to the top of the hike.
Women’s Packing List for Norway
- Rain Boots (These are great if you are visiting during winter or spring.)
- Waterproof Hiking Shoes
- Waterproof Jacket
- 2 Dresses (Both the red & blue dresses you see in our photos were from Lulu’s.)
- Down Jacket (Not too bulky for layering.)
- 2 Thermal Tops
- 2 Pairs of Fleece Lined Leggings
- 1 Pair of Slip On Comfortable Shoes or Flip Flops (To go with dresses on the warmer days.)
- 4 Other Tops
- 1 or 2 Pairs of Jeans
- Waterproof Pants (You can layer these with leggings for hiking.)
- Women’s Trail Socks
Men’s Packing List for Norway
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof Pants (We got ours from e-outdoor.)
- Long Underwear
- Swim Trunks
- Down Jacket
- 6 Short-Sleeved Shirts
- 5 Long-Sleeved Shirts
- 3 Pairs of Pants
- Wool Socks
Norway Camera Gear
Norway is an amazingly photogenic country, which means you don’t want to forget your camera gear. We’ve recently switched to the Sony A7II full-frame mirrorless to cut down on weight when traveling and we absolutely love what this camera can do!
- Sony A7 or A7II (The best full-frame mirrorless camera. Great for hiking because it’s light!)
- 16-35mm Wide Angle Lens (You will want a wide angle for landscapes! This is the best wide angle Sony makes.)
- Compact Tripod
- GoPro (For kayaking and other shots where you don’t want to bring your DSLR or mirrorless.)
- Camera Bag (I’m listing the bag we bought after Norway because it comes with a built-in rain cover and it’s a much better bag than our previous one.)
- Camera Rainsleeve
Other Gear to Bring
- Small Backpack for Hiking – We use this one and it’s the perfect size.
- Dry Bag (If you want to do any kayaking.)
- Backpack Rain Cover (If you don’t have a bag that has one attached, like the camera bag mentioned above.)
- Insect Repellent (We didn’t have a problem with mosquitos in the areas we visited, but it’s never a bad idea to carry repellent.)
- Solar Chargers (To recharge your phone while hiking.)