The Month of August:
Scandinavia has a lot to offer in August. August has mild weather great for trips, tours, and Scandinavian sightseeing, and offers long, warm days with countless outdoor events. While the summer season is wonderful for travelers, it also means flights and hotels are a little more expensive - which you can easily avoid with 10 Budget Travel Tips for Scandinavia.
Weather in August in Scandinavia:
In August, Scandinavia has warm, pleasant weather. Average daily temperatures this month easily reach 70 - 74 degrees Fahrenheit in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Meanwhile, Iceland averages close to 60 degrees. For details on your destination's weather and the monthly average temperatures in Scandinavia's big cities, visit Weather in Scandinavia!
In Iceland as well as in Norway's Spitzbergen August is the best time for travelers to experience one of Scandinavia's natural phenomena: the Midnight Sun. This is a beautiful weather phenomena that keeps the sun in the sky at night.
August Activities & Events:
- Early Aug: Stockholm Pride in Stockholm, Sweden
- Early Aug: Etne Market Days in Etne, Norway
- Early Aug: Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway
- Mid Aug: Reykjavik Gay Pride, Iceland
- Mid Aug: Copenhagen Fashion Week
- Mid Aug: Chamber Music Festival in Oslo, Norway
- Mid Aug: Oslo Jazz Festival, Norway
- Mid-Aug: Emigration Festival in Växjö, Sweden
- Mid Aug: Malmö Festival, Sweden
- Mid Aug: Reykjavik Marathon, Iceland
- Mid Aug: Copenhagen Pride Week, Denmark
- Mid Aug: Reykjavik Cultural Night, Iceland
Public Holidays in August in Scandinavia:
Bank holidays (national/public holidays) can affect your travel through business closures, more crowds, etc. The only Scandinavian holiday in August is Commerce Day (Trademen's Day) in Iceland, which falls on the first Monday in August. (Also see National Holidays & Annual Events in Scandinavia)
Packing Tips for Travel in August:
Short sleeves are perfectly fine for travel during summer in Scandinavia. In case travelers hit bad weather, they should always carry a comfortable sweater or a cardigan/light jacket, though. This layers clothing easily and is comfortable. Travelers with a destination in Iceland will have to bring warmer clothing. Furthermore, weatherproof raincoats and windbreakers, regardless of the season, are always a good idea for Scandinavia travelers to bring along. Tough and comfortable shoes are also essential for your vacation if you enjoy outdoor activities. Otherwise, sneakers will be fine for city travel.