What to pack for a Norwegian cruise
The four seasons in Norway are very distinct, so here are our packing tips for each season.
To make packing a bit easier, we have made a short list of recommendations of things to bring for all seasons along the Norwegian coast. This should be in addition to the basics.
But if you forget something, don't worry – our onboard shops carry a selected range of high-quality knitwear, clothing, souvenirs and gift items, as well as a small selection of toiletries.
Note: the dress code on our ships is casual, so there’s no need to pack formal attire for dinner.
Warm underlayers and mid layers: It is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones. The air trapped in-between thin layers warms to your body’s temperature and acts as valuable insulation.
Wool sweater or fleece: This should go over your under and mid layers.
Wind and waterproof jacket and pants: Outer layers should be wind and waterproof to adapt to the changing conditions on the Norwegian coast.
Footwear: You'll need a pair of worn-in walking boots to use outdoors, as well as some casual shoes for use onboard.
Cotton socks: Pack an extra pair or two in your backpack if you’re going out snowmobiling or dog sledging and your feet become damp or wet.
Swimwear: If you intend to use any sauna or hot tub facilities, you will need to pack a swimsuit.
Passport and/or ID card (this also applies to Scandinavian citizens)
Camera and memory card
Sun protection: SPF, hat, sunglasses
Lip salve: The northern air is very dry, so you’ll need to pack plenty of lip balm.
What to pack for each season in Norway
Spring: cover all bases
As you are likely to encounter three seasons during one sailing in spring, it’s important to pack well and layer up. We advise bringing a wool jumper, warm socks, a thick scarf, winter boots, warm, waterproof pants and jacket, a hat and gloves.
Summer: sunny attire
Fall: lots of layers
While the sun may be shining, you can also expect cooler weather during fall. Make sure to pack thin layers and some warm clothes – a woolly jumper, wind and waterproof jacket and pants, a hat, gloves and light hiking boots.
Winter: wrap up warm
It can get very cold along the coast during winter, so we recommend you pack base and mid layers, as well as a thick winter jacket, wool or fleece hat, balaclava/buff, gloves, woolly jumper, scarf, winter boots, and pull-on spikes (for sale on board). And remember the layer principle: it is much better to wear a number of thin layers than just a few thick ones.
In very cold weather, it’s a good idea to wear two pairs of gloves – one thick pair of mitts (mitts don’t separate the fingers so they keep your hands warmer) and a thin pair of gloves underneath that allow you the use of your fingers. If you’re prone to cold extremities, you might also want to buy some carbon hand and foot warmers, which are available from most good outdoor shops.
What should I wear to go hiking in Norway?
During your voyage, you can join one of our onshore hiking excursions. Hikes involve a high level of physical activity, on terrain that may often be uneven, slippery, and steep. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness and mobility, and the right gear too.
Solid shoes will be key, but not new ones you’ve yet to use. A few layers of clothing are ideal, plus a wind and rainproof jacket with a hood, and a small backpack. Don’t worry about spikes, trekking poles, snowshoes, or headlamps. We’ll provide these free of charge when the season or weather calls for them.