What to bring for our Winter tours
Please make sure that you and your travel companions read through this guide carefully.
What will the weather be like?
Winters in Swedish Lapland are long with a cold and dry climate. During normal winters we have a proper snow cover from the end of November until the beginning of May. However, with the climate change we have seen that temperatures are rising and that the weather has become more unpredictable.
During the coldest period in December and January we expect temperatures between -10C to -20°C (14°F to -4°F) but it may well drop to -30°C (-22°F). We will make sure that you are well equipped and stay warm during the entire trip. This guide describes how you can dress for such temperatures.
Will there be any daylight?
During December and January daylight is limited to just a few hours during the middle of the day. However, the light reflecting off the snow can make the days seem brighter. The short daylight hours also create ideal conditions to view the northern lights, which can be seen whenever it is dark, which basically means at night time from mid September until March.
How to dress for winter in Lapland
You will need to be very well equipped with appropriate clothing in order to feel comfortable and enjoy your stay in Swedish Lapland. We have provided suggestions on what will be required below.
Rent our winter clothing
You can rent Winter clothing from us. If you haven’t travelled to the Arctic before, and would prefer not to invest in new winter clothing, you will be able to rent the essentials from us in Jokkmokk for 300 SEK (around 30 EUR) per day. Please let us know as early as possible if you would like to rent winter clothing, so that we can ensure the correct size is available for you.
Not sure what size you need? See this size chart
If you choose not to reserve clothing you may still be able to rent the whole set or separate items from whatever is still available when we visit the rental shop.
The package includes the best Fjällräven equipment as shown below, including winter boots, insulated outer layers, an insulated hat and insulated mittens. Unless you have previously travelled to the Arctic, or have access to similar equipment that you know will work down to -35˚C, we would strongly recommend renting this winter equipment through us.
Our Winter clothing package includes:
Warm jacket: Fjällräven Guide Parka or Yupik Parka
Winter hat: Fjällräven Nordic heater
Insulated trousers: Fjällräven Polar Bib
Winter boots: Lundhags Polar Quest
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The following clothing suggestions apply to everyone, with underlined items included in the rental package. Note that even if you rent our clothing you will still need to bring the inner and middle layers.
As weather conditions in Lapland can change quickly and often, and depending on what kind of activity you are undertaking, the best advice is to bring several layers of warm, comfortable inner wear such as long johns, long sleeved shirts, jumpers and trousers.
Choosing the best bag
On most of our winter trips you can travel with a suitcase, duffel, wheeled bag or backpack since you will only need to take your bag from the van to your room/tent and back. We also recommend you to bring a small daypack. For the Lynx tour you will need to travel with a large backpack.
Two layers of socks: Thin liner socks + thick socks, wool or synthetic, not cotton. Plus an extra set of socks in case you get damp feet.
Winter boots: Comfortable and warm boots. Choose one or two sizes larger than your normal shoes so that you can wear two layers of thick socks and still have plenty of space to allow air to circulate, preferably with removable insoles to allow them to dry faster. Winter boots are included when you rent winter clothing, though since these boots are large and heavy you may still want to bring a pair of normal boots to wear in the car or when it is not freezing.
Base layer: long johns, wool or synthetic
Middle layer: heavy wool (wool terry) or fleece trousers. Note that the rental trousers that we provide are insulated enough so you may not need a middle layer.
Outer layer: insulated trekking or skiing trousers
Optional: Snow gaiters, if you use a combo of boots and trousers where there is a risk of snow coming in. Not needed for our rental clothing.
Base layer: long sleeved top or thermal base layer, wool or synthetic
Middle layer: wool or fleece jacket
Outer layer: insulated jacket that protects you from wind, preferably hooded
Optional: Extra packable down jacket for when we are standing still
Head & hands
Winter hat: Insulated and windproof that covers your ears
Inner gloves: Five-finger wool glove liner to wear inside your mittens
Insulated mittens - gloves with thumbs, preferably oversized
Balaclava or buff (neck gaiter)
Head torch with extra batteries or charger
Optional: Thin hat to use when not freezing
Other equipment you may want to bring
Shower gel and shampoo
Personalised first aid kit
Slippers for indoor use (for cold floors)
Sunglasses and sunblock (only during February - April)
Water bottle (you can refill from taps)
Camera with extra batteries. Tripod is essential for northern lights photography
Binoculars (8x recommended for moose and reindeer)
Daypack – for extra layers of clothing, camera, snacks etc
Your favourite chocolate bars
And most importantly, your money, passport and train/airline e-ticket!
Find out more
Here's a good video on how to apply the three layer principle.