Essential Lapland Packing Guide

Finland is a country of polar opposites. The summer nights are endless, and the winter nights are no different. Being situated so far north in the world, it’s not surprising then, that you’ll want to pack for cooler temperatures. The most important thing to remember is layers, since the temperatures can vary greatly depending on the time of day. Whether you’re participating in lots of outdoor activities, or here for a bit of rest and relaxation, you’ll want to layer up to keep yourself feeling comfortable throughout the day.

ONE WEEK WINTER WEATHER GUIDE

October-May Average Temperatures: 0 – ⁻15℃ (32 – 5℉)

CLOTHING

  • Thermal undergarments: 3-4 layers of long johns (upper and lower body coverage)
  • Undergarments: A weeks worth 
  • Shirts: 2-3 T-shirts or long sleeve shirts/ sweaters
  • Mid-layer: 1-2 thicker zip-up sweatshirt or fleece for added warmth
  • Top-layer: 2-part jacket, water-resistant
  • Bottom Layer: 1-2 pairs of warm pants/ leggings

ACCESSORIES

  • A good hat that covers your ears; earmuffs
  • Thick, waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof snow boots
  • A solid neck-warmer and facemask
  • Another scarf to keep on hand
  • Bathing suit

SUMMER WEATHER GUIDE

May-September Average Temperatures: 7 – 16℃ (45 – 61℉)

CLOTHING

  • Undergarments: a weeks worth of socks & underwear
  • Shirts: 2-3 T-shirts or long sleeve shirts/ sweaters
  • Mid-Layer: 1-2 thicker sweatshirt or zip-up fleece
  • Extra Mid-Layer: vest (optional)
  • Top-Layer: Water resistant windbreaker
  • Bottom Layer: 1-2 pair of long pants/ leggings, 1 shorts

ACCESSORIES

  • Hat or cap
  • A pair of light gloves
  • A multipurpose scarf
  • Good hiking shoes and/ or sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit

EXTRA TIPS:

  • NO COTTON! Cotton absorbs moisture, and will leave you feeling damp and cold- try thermal, wool, or polyester
  • You won’t find a Finn without at least one pair of %100 wool socks in the sock drawer- a must in Finland