The best times to visit Scandinavia for ideal weather are

April 16th to May 6th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Scandinavia Travel Info

Weather in Scandinavia


Average temperatures in Scandinavia vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Scandinavia, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 65.6°F (18.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 48.4°F (9.1°C) at night.

Scandinavia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Scandinavia Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Scandinavia Perceived Temperature (F)


Scandinavia Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Scandinavia Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 23.1 17.8 11.1
Feb 23.6 18 11.1
Mar 28.4 22.6 14.9
Apr 35.8 30 23.3
May 45.1 38.1 31.6
Jun 55.9 47 39.6
Jul 62.9 53.7 46
Aug 59.4 51 43.9
Sep 49.8 43.2 37.6
Oct 38.9 34.2 29.8
Nov 31 26.9 21.9
Dec 25.8 20.4 12.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -4.9 -7.9 -11.6
Feb -4.7 -7.8 -11.6
Mar -2 -5.2 -9.5
Apr 2.1 -1.1 -4.8
May 7.3 3.4 -0.2
Jun 13.3 8.3 4.2
Jul 17.2 12.1 7.8
Aug 15.2 10.6 6.6
Sep 9.9 6.2 3.1
Oct 3.8 1.2 -1.2
Nov -0.6 -2.8 -5.6
Dec -3.4 -6.4 -10.6



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Scandinavia are April, June, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late April. For example, on the week of April 23rd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of March 5th.

When can you find snow in Scandinavia? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Scandinavia.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Scandinavia (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 29% 0 3
Feb 31% 0 2.6
Mar 35% 0 3.2
Apr 22% 0 2
May 27% 0 2.8
Jun 27% 0 2.5
Jul 30% 0 3.4
Aug 28% 0 3
Sep 37% 0 4.5
Oct 32% 0 3.2
Nov 31% 0 3.1
Dec 32% 0 3.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 29 0 7.6
Feb 31 0 6.6
Mar 35 0 8.1
Apr 22 0 5.1
May 27 0 7.1
Jun 27 0 6.4
Jul 30 0 8.6
Aug 28 0 7.6
Sep 37 0 11.4
Oct 32 0 8.1
Nov 31 0 7.9
Dec 32 0 8.1


Humidity and Wind

Scandinavia has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is June (66.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (89%).

Wind in Scandinavia is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by April and January. March’s average wind speed of around 10 knots (11.5 MPH or 18.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 18.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Scandinavia.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Feb 8.5 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Mar 10 Gentle breeze 17.2 Significant breeze
Apr 9.7 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
May 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Jun 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Jul 6.8 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Aug 6.1 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Sep 7.2 Gentle breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Oct 7.4 Gentle breeze 13 Significant breeze
Nov 7.1 Gentle breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Dec 7.9 Gentle breeze 14.2 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 84.3%
Feb 84.2%
Mar 79.5%
Apr 77.2%
May 72.7%
Jun 66.3%
Jul 72.1%
Aug 77.2%
Sep 81.8%
Oct 85.1%
Nov 89%
Dec 85.2%


Is it Safe to Travel to Scandinavia?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe, except in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are for Scandinavia; exercise normal security precautions and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Scandinavia is August, followed by April and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Scandinavia in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 61.1 in October means 61.1% of the tourists vs. August.



Overall Scandinavia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 54.1°F (12.3°C) and 27.1°F (-2.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Scandinavia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 53.4°F (11.9°C) and 26.7°F (-2.9°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 9 to 11 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Scandinavia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 27.1°F (-2.7°C) and 21.3°F (-5.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 9 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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