Water and sea temperature in Svalbard (21st October 2020)
The average ocean temperature for Svalbard today is -1°C
Average water/sea temperatures this week for Svalbard
What wetsuit thickness is needed for Svalbard?
The water temperature in Svalbard is freezing. We recommend a 6/5 mm to 6/5/4 mm full sealed and taped suit with boots, gloves and a hood. especially if you will be in the sea for an extended period of time.
Please note: These are general guidelines based on today's average water temperature of -1°C in Svalbard. If there are strong winds, cold air temperatures, you are engaging in activities with less movement or you get cold easily, you may want to consider a thicker wetsuit. consider a thicker wetsuit.
Information about our water / sea temperature data for Svalbard
Our measurements for the water temperature in Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan Mayen are provided by the daily sea surface temperature (SST) satellite readings from NOAA.
Please be aware that our water temperatures are based on open water averages. Actual sea surface water temperatures close to the shore at Svalbard can vary by several degrees.
Weather patterns that can increase variation in water temperatures
Heavy rains, locations near river mouths and long periods of strong offshore winds can cause variations in ocean temperatures. Offshore winds cause the colder deep water to replace the surface water which has been warmed by the sun.
Whilst sea temperatures for Svalbard are as accurate as current data allows, there may be slight local and regional variations depending on conditions and variations in sea depth.