Climate & Clothing

Lapland's crisp dry type 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 layers of under garments
  • Long thermal underwear
  • Warm socks and roomy thermal boots
  • Warm hats and gloves or mittens
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses

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

Nov714-7
Dec532-12
Jan647-14
Feb962-13
Mar1365-8
Apr1854-2
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