One of our most oft-asked questions is, what do I need to wear in Lapland? And that’s because Lapland, with its endless, magical, snow-covered forests, frozen rivers and lakes, wide fells and distant mountains, all beneath the ethereal Northern Lights, is an ideal destination for a winter holiday that gets you out into some stunning wilderness.
And as the official home of Santa Claus, it’s also the perfect place to take the kids for a Lapland Christmas break, where they can meet the man himself and enjoy a reindeer ride through the silent forests.
Of course, if you’re planning a family holiday in Lapland, you’re probably aware that it’s going to be quite chilly. What you might not realise is that the temperature can plunge to an icy -40 degrees, so appropriate clothing is essential if you’re to make the most of this incredible corner of the world.
In this article, we’ll detail what to wear on a holiday in Lapland, so that when you visit, all you have to do is enjoy the magical activities and the unforgettable landscape.
Layering is Key
The key to staying warm in Lapland is to dress in layers. Layers will help you regulate your body temperature and allow you to adjust your clothing as the weather changes throughout the day. Here’s what to wear in Lapland:
Base Layer: Start with a base layer of thermal underwear made from a moisture-wicking material like Merino wool or synthetic fabrics. This will keep you dry and prevent moisture from accumulating on your skin.
Mid-Layer: Your mid-layer should be made from a material that provides insulation, such as fleece or down. This layer will trap warm air close to your body and keep you warm.
Outer Layer: Your outer layer should be a waterproof and windproof jacket and pants to protect you from the elements. Look for jackets and pants made from Gore-Tex or a similar material that will keep you dry and comfortable.
With Not In The Guidebooks, our Lapland hosts will provide you with thermal overalls, gloves and boots for the duration of your stay, so whilst you’ll need a coat for your journey to and from the resort, you should be kept nice and warm for the remainder of your time in Lapland, just remember to layer up well beneath the overalls.