How to dress to travel to Lapland?

How to dress to travel to Lapland?

How to dress to travel to Lapland?

In Lapland, during the winter it is very cold. Why? This region north of Finland is in the middle of the Arctic Circle, and this makes the warmest temperatures in winter around -10ºC. On very cold days, temperatures can reach -35 º C (in very extreme cases!). To make them as cold as possible, we have prepared a list of tips to follow since we are specialists in the area and we have gone many times.


People who think you have to wear a lot of tight clothes are generally wrong. The idea is not to be so tight by clothing that you do not have slack to move. The important thing is to be able to let the moisture of the sweat disappear at the moment (when doing the activities, for example), because if not, it is like that when one catches a cold. The basic rule in countries where it is very cold is to play with layers of clothing as if it were an onion and that we can put or remove the layer that is required. Indeed, it is the best option to adapt to the snowy environment and the activities that are done.

First layer of clothing; thermal

This layer is very important, if not the most important, because it is in direct contact with the skin. It is the one that will keep them warm in case of cold and the one that will let moisture escape out in case of sweat. This first layer must be thermal, be completely attached to your body, and cover almost its entirety. Below this layer only underwear is put on.


  • Choose synthetic materials or merino wool that give them warmth (the thickest garment is the warmest).
  • Never put cotton as it absorbs moisture and does not let it escape.

Knowing that this first layer has to cover them completely, our suggestion is as follows:

  • Feet: thermal socks.
  • Legs: thermal leggings, leggings or tights for sports, but as long as they are thermal
  • Hands: thermal or fleece gloves
  • Torso: a long-sleeved thermal t-shirt (children: with collar).
  • Head: in the case of children, a thin balaclava (it is better than a scarf since it fits the shape of the neck), or failing a warm fleece buff. For adults it would not be necessary.

Second layer of clothing; heat

The second layer of clothing consists of putting on warm clothes that give us the heat and if possible it is also thermal and made for snow such as polar clothing or wool. Wool is better in case you are not going to sweat later, otherwise you put on thicker thermal clothing than the previous one. Our suggestion for this 2nd layer of clothing is as follows:

  • Feet: thick socks (but not cotton!) that go up to the knee. The best are those of wool or borreguillo.
  • Legs: thick ski pants or that have fleece inside. To avoid jeans and if possible that they are waterproof.
  • Torso: a fleece jumper (note that two thin shirts isolate more from the air than a very thick one).

Third layer of clothing; windscreen / – snow

The last layer of clothing is to protect us from the air and snow. If you are going to do any outdoor activity we will give you a special thermal suit much more effective than your snowjacket or ski jacket, as well as special snow boots. Excessive? No, it’s just what it takes!! If you stand outside for about 10 minutes, you will start to notice the coolness.

  • Feet: waterproof boots (think about taking +1 size than usual for thick socks) and for snow type breaks type Moonboots. It is important that they are waterproof.
  • Legs: Nothing else is needed, because in their 2nd layer of clothes they have already put their ski pants.
  • Torso: a thick snow jacket, made of breathable and waterproof material (for example, GoreTex). If it has a hood, it’s a plus.
  • Hands: very thick waterproof mittens are better than gloves to keep your hands warm (fingers together will give them more heat than fingers separated in gloves)
  • Face: remember the buff that also covers your face especially on windy days, which there are.
  • Head: a hat with earmuffs (very important to wear the ears covered!), since at -5ºC 50% of body temperature is lost through the head (vital organ), which leads to frozen feet and hands (non-vital organ).


In addition, we recommend that you buy warm patches that will keep your feet and hands warm for 8 hours. These can be purchased at the Decathlon or Amazon.

With all this equipment you can withstand the cold day and night in Lapland. In the following videos you can see how to dress during the activities.

We leave you the link of a couple of recommended videos;

  1. How to dress to go to Lapland, step by step
  2. Complete equipment that they will give you for the activities.

Thermal suit equipment for activities:

Before carrying out an outdoor Arctic activity, the supplier of the activity will give you their thermal clothing corresponding to the activity, consisting of the following. Note: If we have already given you your equivalent thermal clothing at the beginning of the trip it is not necessary to change it and this will save time on departure.

  • Full ski jumpsuit (in this case they can take off their snowpack and put on their overalls, which will facilitate their movement.
  • Waterproof boots
  • Balaclavas (but if they already wear yours, it would be enough). This will be given to you when you do snowmobile activity.
  • Helmet to perform the activity of snowmobiles.


Clothing to travel in summer to Lapland.

From May – June the snow melts and in summer the weather is sunny with temperatures up to 25ºC. Here it is advisable to wear a swimsuit to bathe in the lakes and rivers of Lapland, mosquito repellent and sunglasses and a mask for the Midnight Sun.

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