How is the climate?


The climate on Svalbard is principally a result of its high latitude, which is between 74° and 81° north. However, the North Atlantic Current moderates Svalbard’s temperatures, particularly during winter, giving it up to 20 °C higher winter temperature than similar latitudes in continental Russia and Canada. This keeps the surrounding waters open and navigable most of the year. The interior fjord areas and valleys, sheltered by the mountains, have less temperature differences than the coast, with about 2 °C lower summer temperatures and 3 °C higher winter temperatures. Below are wind forecast, sea ice situation around Svalbard and in Isfjorden, and updated weather forecast for Longyearbyen.


Wind forecast for Svalbard next 10 days. Copyright: