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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Sotra, Norway

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Sotra...

Sotra is an island in Norway. It is part of the Hordaland island group. The water temperature around Sotra changes significantly throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 5°C (40.9°F) in January up to 15.8°C (60.4°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 9°C (48°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Sotra is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Sotra?

The current water temperature in the month of January near Sotra is about:
5°C (41°F)

Are there surf spots near Sotra?

Not too many surf spots are located in close proximity to Sotra. A spot, which is not too far away, is Hellesto, which is more than 106.4km (66.1miles) away from Sotra. Click here for directions and for more information on Hellesto and its current water temperature. If you have some extra time, you can also check out Reve Havn, which is roughly 107.9km (67miles) away from Sotra. Another fun surfspot is Reve Havn, located roughly 107.9km (67miles) from Sotra.

Are there beautiful beaches near by?

No, not too many beaches are in close proximity to Sotra. The next good one is Skallerup Klit, which is almost 267km (165.9miles) away from Sotra. If you don't mind the long travel, you can also visit Skagen Strand, roughly 272.6km (169.3miles) away from Sotra.

Which wetsuit thickness is recommended for Sotra?

The water temperature around Sotra is pretty cold, reaching up to 16°C (60°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Sotra. Nevertheless, during winter, sea temperatures reach lows of approximately 5°C (41°F). During these months, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some people might even be ok with a very high-quality 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to have a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Sotra?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 5 to 10°C (41-50°F) during December, January, and February. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions usually change during summer when sea temperatures go up to 11 to 16°C (51-60°F). Fish that can frequently be found in waters with these temperatures include: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Sotra: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Sotra...

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