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Scandinavia in January

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Polar Night In Norway, Scandinavia

Polar Night In Norway, Scandinavia

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The Month of January:

If you enjoy winter sports but are on a tight budget, come to the Scandinavian countries in January. The holidays are over and things start to calm down again. For travelers, this means lower prices, less tourism, and fewer crowds. This is the perfect time of the year for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, or sledding in Scandinavia. Have fun in the snow!

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The Weather in January:

Burrr, January can be a cold month! In southern parts of Scandinavia (e.g. Denmark), temperatures in January average 29 - 39 degrees Fahrenheit. There won't be much snow in Denmark. Going further north across Norway and Sweden, it is normal to experience 22 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where you will find lots of snow. Nights in Sweden's far north can easily drop to 14 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

For exact temperatures at your Scandinavian destination and monthly averages, visit Weather in Scandinavia!

During this winter month, Scandinavia gets 6-7 hours of daylight, but if you go far enough to the north, e.g. in Sweden, this number can decrease rapidly. In certain areas of the Arctic Circle, there is no sun at all for a period of time - this is called a Polar Night (the opposite of the Midnight Sun). During many winter nights, you can view the amazing Northern Lights.

Make sure to learn more about the Scandinavia's Natural Phenomena.

Activities this Month:

January is perfect to visit the winter sports destinations Scandinavia is so famous for. Remember the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway? Norway is a mekka for winter sports enthusiasts and offers something for every taste. Read more: Norway's Winter Sport Resorts

The most amazing natural phenomena can be witnessed in the northern parts of Scandinavia in January, especially in Norway and Sweden. Find out how nature created these beautiful phenomena, and when and where they happen: Scandinavia's 3 Natural Phenomena

Packing Tips for January Trips:

Are you headed to the Arctic Circle? Bring sturdy boots for walking on the snow and ice, a down filled waterproof outfit, hat, gloves, and scarf (or scarves!). Long underwear is perfect to wear under clothing every day. If you'll be visiting the cities, bring a down jacket, and maybe a wool overcoat. For winter sports activities, bring your insulated skiing gear. Better a heavy suitcase once than freezing in the cold for a week! But no matter what your destination is, an insulated coat, gloves, hats, and scarves are the bare minimum for travelers in January. Bundle up!

Holidays & Events in January:


Jan 1: New Year's Day holiday - Scandinavia
Jan 6: Epiphany (religious) holiday - Fin, Swe, Ice
Jan 13: Hilarymas (St Knut's Day) - Sweden
Late Jan: Winter Jazz Festival - Denmark
Late Jan: MP Motorcycle Event in Helsinki
Late Jan: Thorrablot Midwinter Feast - Iceland

The national holidays for the entire year can be found at Scandinavian Holidays & Festivals

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