How to combat the cold in Lapland

About the author of this post: My name is Noora Nieminen, I am a 23-year-old woman who started studying at Lapland University of Applied sciences in the Degree Programme of tourism in fall 2014. Before I moved to Rovaniemi, I wasn’t a winter person at all but I like challenges and adventures so I decided to give Lapland a chance. Now I really love it here and the winter and the coldness doesn’t bother me anymore as much as it used to.

Too cold in Lapland? I don’t think so!

My style is based on skirts, dresses and tunics. The most important thing for me what comes to my style is comfort. I hate if my clothes are too tight or if they are itchy. So pants have always been a big no for me.  When I moved to Lapland my friends and family said to me that I will freeze to death if I don’t start using pants and I really thought that it will be -30 degrees here every day during the winter and maybe sometimes during the summer as well.  After a while living in Rovaniemi I noticed that it isn’t that much colder in Lapland than in Southern Finland. ‘Thanks’ to the climate change the temperature in Rovaniemi has been quite nice, somewhere around -15 degrees.

Winter style in cold lapland. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

Winter style in cold lapland. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

My life savers during the winters are a good jacket and a good pair of shoes. Of course I use double tights with my skirts and long cardigans are very nice and cozy but most of the time I don’t have to layer myself with clothes because my jacket is so warm. When I moved to Rovaniemi my first purchase was long fluff jacket with a big fur hoodie. The jacket is wind and water proof and it has reflectors, which are very important in Lapland because it gets so dark here during the winter. The jacket is so warm that I am usually sweating after using it, but it keeps you warm no matter what the weather is like. Other things that I found very important are good shoes.

I have one pair of black leather shoes. Those I wear to school or to a bit more fancy events. My other shoe pair is more casual, the shoes have thick base and they are very warm because the tip of the shoe is plastic and rest of the shoe is leather so the shoes will keep your feet warm and dry. And the last but not the least is the beanie. I never wore beanies or hats before moving to Lapland, but quite soon I realized that you really do need one here, especially when the weather gets windy, without the beanie you will definitely catch the cold.

If you don’t have good winter clothes but still you would like to come and visit Lapland, don’t worry, we have good and not that expensive shops here in Rovaniemi where you can buy good jackets and shoes, for example Top-Sport, Stadium and Skopunkten. We also have huge sales during spring and after the summer, the clothes and shoes are for a half a price. There are other blog posts about how to dress for the winter activities and how to dress in winter in Lapland in Lapland Magazine and they are good to read through as well before your trip to Lapland.

The funny delusion is that Lapland is so cold that you have to put tens of layers on just to keep yourself warm.  To be honest Lapland isn’t that cold, I would say that we just have more snow here than in the South and before someone thinks that I am from Finland and I am used to the cold, that is so not true. Like I said before I am not a fan of the winter and I definitely didn’t like the coldness, before I got myself a proper jacket and shoes.  So don’t stress about what to pack and what you can wear during your stay in Lapland. Just bring your fabulous style with you and your warmest jacket and shoes that you can find and you won’t freeze and don’t forget the beanie!

..And if you still need other opinions don’t worry, here is two more for you!

Eeva-Maija Haavisto, 23 Helsinki

  1. How would you describe your style?

My style is quite casual and comfortable.

  1. Do you feel that you had to change your style after moving to Rovaniemi?

Not at all, I haven’t bought any new outdoor clothes after moving to Rovaniemi.

  1. What is your absolute life saver when it gets really cold outside?

Layers! Leggings under jeans and a top under my t-shirt will keep me warm.

Good winter shoes and jacket. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

Good winter shoes and jacket. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

Salla Höynälä, 21 Oulu

  1. How would you describe your style?

My style goes by my mood.  Today I can wear dress and tomorrow sweatpants but I can always trust to my black jeans.

  1. Do you feel that you had to change your style after moving to Rovaniemi?

I lived quite a long time in China so of course I needed to buy proper winter jacket and shoes when I moved to Rovaniemi but otherwise than that, I don’t feel like my style has changed that much.

  1. What is your absolute life saver when it gets really cold outside?

Warm winter jacket because it covers most of your body and proper winter hat and cloves

What to wear in Rovaniemi. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

What to wear in Rovaniemi. Picture by: (Noora Nieminen)

Author: Lapland Safaris

This is the blog of Lapland Safaris, which is a company specialized in all sort of activities in Finnish Lapland both in winter and in summertime. In winter we enjoy snowmobiling, husky and reindeer-sledge rides, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing among other things. During the summer we cruise on river boats, visit the reindeer and husky farms, and hike in the forests. Do you have questions? Ask us anything in the comments of this post. We will be happy to help you!

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *