People often associate the Arctic with cold, ice and snow, but the warmth of the Gulf Stream and the bright summer season accelerate life here in the north. Life flourishes in the Midnight Sun. Summer temperatures may reach 20-30 degrees, allowing us to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lakes or sea.
Winter in North Norway varies considerably from north to south and from coast to inland regions. While the southern coast may often be free of snow, there may be metres of it elsewhere. Winter temperatures may also vary greatly, but are highest along the coast, usually between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius.
Tromsø experiences a subarctic climate because winter temperatures are just cold enough to qualify and the summer season is short. However, the weather and precipitation amount and pattern, with maximum precipitation in autumn and early winter, as well as lack of permafrost, are atypical for subarctic areas, so this climate is sometimes called maritime subarctic or oceanic boreal.
Always get the latest weather forecast. The quality of the marine weather forecast is generally high and accurate and it can be obtained from many sources. Make yourself familiar with your preferred source.
Two important sources are marine VHF and Norwegian radio. Over VHF the weather forecast are broadcasted daily at 0600, 0900, 1200, 1500 and 1800. Norwegian Broadcasting (radio) has frequent updates, however mostly in Norwegian.
For internet users, please make yourself familiar with the weather forecast from www.yr.no (and have a look at the forecast in Boreal Yachtings’ home page!) or if you have a GSM supporting 3G use; http://m.yr.no/