The cold record is around a lukewarm -18.4 degrees Celsius. At the border of Finland, however, the temperature can drop down toward -45 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, we have a lot of snow, and the snow record from the spring of 1997 was 240 cm (94,5 inches). The mild and snowy winter is perfect for outdoor activities, but calls for warm clothing, good footwear and headgear.
The sun is back in full force in March and April, and this is the time for long ski trips in the mountains, sitting outdoors and drinking a beer with your mittens on, and the first boat trips of the year. Snow, rain and sunshine trade off, the quantities of snow first begin to diminish during mid-April, and the average temperature creeps above 0 degrees Celsius.
We don't have spring; when the snow melts sometime in May, we go straight into summer. Navigating in nature can be difficult right when the snow melts. The summers are usually relatively chilly, with an average temperature around 12 degrees Celsius in Tromsø. It's normally a little cooler on the outer coast, while the inland areas are often warmer. The coastal regions have a comparatively humid climate with frequent showers, while some of our inner regions are among the driest in the country. In other words: There's a lot of different weather!
The Tromsø region has a long autumn, with beautiful autumn colours in September. We experience night frost and snowfall already in late September, and they become more frequent in October, before the snow remains on the ground sometime between late October and late November. During October and November, the weather varies between low autumn sun on the white frost, rain and short- or long-lasting snow on the ground.