What to Wear on a Holiday in Lapland

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.

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Accessories

Hats: A warm hat is essential for keeping your head and ears warm. Look for a hat made from wool or fleece that covers your ears.

Gloves: Choose gloves that are waterproof and insulated to keep your hands warm and dry. Mittens are also a good option for keeping your hands warm.

Socks: Wear thick, woolen socks that will keep your feet warm and dry. Avoid cotton socks as they absorb moisture and can make your feet feel cold.

Boots: Invest in a good pair of winter boots that are waterproof and insulated. Look for boots with a good grip to prevent slipping on icy surfaces.

Other Accessories: Don’t forget to pack a scarf, neck warmer, and sunglasses to protect your face from the wind and sun.

What to Wear on Different Activities

Husky Sledding: Wear warm and comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Avoid bulky clothing that can restrict your movement. Don’t forget to wear gloves and a hat.

Snowmobiling: Wear warm and waterproof clothing. Choose a jacket and pants that allow you to move freely. Wear a balaclava to protect your face from the wind.

Northern Lights: Wear warm clothing, including a hat and gloves. Bring a warm blanket or sleeping bag to stay warm while waiting for the Northern Lights.

Ice Fishing: Dress in warm and waterproof clothing. Wear a hat and gloves to keep your hands warm. Don’t forget to wear warm socks and waterproof boots.


Lapland is a magical destination that offers a unique winter experience. By following these tips on what to wear on a holiday in Lapland, you’ll be able to stay warm and comfortable while enjoying all the activities this beautiful region has to offer. Remember to layer your clothing, wear waterproof and windproof clothing, and invest in good-quality winter accessories. With the right clothing, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your Lapland adventure with Not In The Guidebooks.

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