Climate & Clothing

Reindeer Safari

Lapland's crisp, dry type of cold is quite comfortable as long as good protective winter clothing is worn.

This should include:

  • Warm ski suit or rented thermal overalls
  • Several light base layers
  • Long thermal underwear
  • Warm socks and roomy thermal boots
  • Warm hats and gloves or mittens
  • Balaclava/buff
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses

Your base layers should be long sleeved tops and leggings/long johns. The key to keeping the cold out is layering, and we recommend lots of thin layers that can be added and removed to control body temperature. Merino wool is one of the best materials for insulating, and is naturally moisture wicking. Other suitable materials for base layers include polyester, nylon, cotton and silk.

One of the first things to get cold on your body are your extremities (hands and feet), so a good pair of liners and gloves go a long way. For your inner glove liners, we recommend a lightweight silk or wool blend, to keep your hands snug and well insulated.

Warm thermal suits and boots can be pre-booked or hired locally by the week.

Daylight Hours & Temperatures

Days are shortest from early December to mid January. This blue light period is called 'Kaamos' in Finnish and is when the sun no longer rises above the horizon. This atmospheric twilight period still has at least 5 hours of daylight, with magenta coloured skies reflecting light off the snow covered wilderness, and candles and lanterns add to the magic.

Early January to late February is a favourite time for many international visitors. Days pass in an evocative palette of prolonged rose-coloured dawns and dusks, and aptly named 'ghost' trees bow in bizarre snow-laden shapes. This is a time when resorts are still not at their busiest and visitors will have them largely to themselves.

By March and April daylight hours are already longer than in the UK and snow crystals sparkle in the bright sunlight, and nature is bathed in a surreal orange glow. This is a period popular with the Finns and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

 

Month

Average
daylight hours

Snow depth (cm)

Temperature ºC

high/low

Nov 7 14 -3/-11
Dec 5 32 -5/-13
Jan 6 47 -11/-18
Feb 9 62 -2/-6
Mar 13 65 0/-9
Apr 18 54 4/-4
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