Are you wondering what type of climate to expect when heading to Swedish Lapland? Growing up at the beach in sunny San Diego, Europe Travel Expert, Cammie had the same questions. The answer is, you can truly expect all kinds of weather, here is her personal advice after her recent travels to the arctic. She picked the brains of every local she met for their tips and tricks for staying warm in this magical region…
Each day in Lapland will provide exciting adventures. Experience untouched silent forests, watch the magical Northern Lights dance across the sky and learn about the native Sami culture. This Californian left Lapland at least 3 times hardier then when I arrived and I am sure you will experience the same. As one local told me, coldness is just a state of mind.
1. PACK WEATHER APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR- MY FEET ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST THING THAT GETS COLD
– Good outdoor weatherproof boots: make sure to not buy your boots too small. The best boots are half a size too big and come with a liner that you can take out of your boots at night. My favorite winter boots are Sorrels, they are great for walking, hiking and all-around winter activities.
– Socks: a good pair of socks will do wonders in Lapland. Make sure you bring more than one pair. Your socks shouldn’t be too tight and allow for circulation. My favorite material is -wool blend, wool is quick drying and will keep your toes nice and toasty. Favorite sock company: Stance Socks.
2. UNDER LAYERS
– The first layer to touch your body should be a light layer of wool.
– Bring 3-4 layers to wear under your jacket. Wearing layers is always better than wearing a heavy jacket that is hard to move in.
– Avoid cotton!
3. PROTECT THE MONEY MAKER AKA YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE
– A hat that provides coverage for your ears is necessary. You do not want any heat escaping from your ears.
– Pack a scarf or balaclava. My favorite item is a chunky tube scarf, made by North Face
4. OUTER LAYERS
– Bring waterproof ski or trekking pants that are large enough to fit your thermals underneath.
– A weatherproof jacket with enough to fit a few layers underneath will make a huge difference.
– Gloves! I prefer mittens as my hands stay warmer. If you know your hands get cold bring under gloves that have touch screen fingers to use your phone.
5. OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
– Saunas are a part of the culture in Swedish Lapland. Make sure to bring a swimsuit and try out one of the saunas located in the middle of forest with no one around.
– Don’t forget to pack casual clothing for the lodge. After a day of exploring, it is important to bring comfortable loungewear to relax in the lodge (footwear included).
– Invest in a case that keeps your phone warm. Many phones shut off in the cold weather. LifeProof cases and Otterbox cases can sometimes combat this.
If you forget something don’t fret! Many of the properties we work with provide very fashionable, warm outerwear onesies, gloves and boots. Make sure to check with your travel consultant to see if this applies to the area you are traveling.