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Unstad (Lofoten) water temperature
Unstad (Lofoten) ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.8
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 4.1

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Unstad (Lofoten) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Lofoten Islands and Arctic, Norway)

Today's Unstad (Lofoten) sea temperature is 9.1 °C.

Statistics for 16 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 7.4 °C, range: 6.7 °C to 9.1 °C

The water temperature (9 °C) at Unstad (Lofoten) is very cold. You will need a quality steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. Cloudy, with an effective air temperature of (5 °C), so feeling about the same in the water or out of it.

Norway Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Norway
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Norway Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Norway
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Unstad (Lofoten). This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Unstad (Lofoten) Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Unstad sea water temperatures peak in the range 11 to 15°C (52 to 59°F) on around the 8th of August and are at their lowest on about the 2nd of April, in the range 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F). The maximum sea water temperatures at Unstad in early to mid August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The lowest sea water temperatures at Unstad mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in early April.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Unstad (Lofoten) can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Unstad (Lofoten). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.