Going on a Lapland vacation is incredibly exciting. Not only are you venturing into true winter indulgence but you will also, very likely, see some magical Northern lights.
Lapland is one of the most visited and iconic places for a magical Christmas break. Coupling cold weather and pine trees, you get just the right atmosphere for the ultimate winter vacation. Winter here is often cold and blustery, therefore, we highly recommend wearing the right clothing to be as comfortable as possible on your trip. There isn’t much use packing your regular jacket and boots, you will likely need something much more substantial and winter-appropriate.
You might experience deep snow and freezing yet whimsical temperatures. Therefore, here is a guide for what to wear for a Lapland winter holiday.
Ideal Lapland Holiday Outerwear
For the ultimate Lapland vacation, you will need to pack appropriately. Standard winter clothing that you might wear at home might not be enough for a cold week or long weekend in Lapland.
On that note, here is a list of all of the essentials our tour guides recommend for winter outwear in Lapland:
1. Winter Jacket or Coat
A winter jacket, preferably a heavy coat, is an absolute must. When you have piled on as many layers as possible, a winter coat will be the essential and warmest finishing touch.
A winter coat in Lapland will ideally protect you from the cold, wind and the snow. A down filled jacket with plenty of pockets will keep you warm and be super convenient for all of your belongings. If you’re purchasing a new coat, we recommend you size up so you can wear as many layers as possible underneath the jacket.
A jacket will keep your upper body warm but you won’t want your neck to be exposed to the frigid weather. Therefore, a thick, heavy-duty scarf is essential to keep the cold chill off of your neck.
For ultimate warmth and protection from the cold winter weather in Lapland, tuck your scarf into your jacket for a snug and cosy neckline.
3. Thermal Gloves and Socks
Thermal gloves are ideal for keeping your hands warm and cozy and far away from freezing temperatures. They will be ideal if you want to make snowballs, go tobogganing or play in the snow, too.
Don’t forget your feet! We believe thermal socks are a must to prevent frostbite and make your boots as comfortable as possible. The thicker the socks, the warmer your feet will be for long winter walks on your Lapland vacation.
4. Snow Boots
Speaking of winter boots, you’ll want a good, sturdy pair of snow boots for the winter in Lapland. It will likely snow a lot and you will want to protect your feet, ankles, and legs from the snow. Therefore, fully waterproof snow boots are the best option for warmth and safety. These will feature a strong grip tread to effectively prevent you from sliding around in the snow.
5. Snow Pants
Now that you have your upper body, hands, neck, and feet covered, you will want to think about your legs. Down filled snow pants are very warm, which means you can stay warm and dry no matter how snowy it is outside.
6. Base and middle layer
Underneath your snow pants and upper body layers, ensure to wear extra layers for warmth and protection. The ideal material for your base layer is wool. Between your base layer and outer layer the best option is to wear a thick woolen jumper and pants.