What To Wear In Finland
To sum it up - Wrap up warm
- Even in summer Finland can be cool.
- Our advice would be to dress in warm layers
- Pack a waterproof jacket as it rains throughout the year.
- Long trousers with a long-sleeved top are good to pack all year round, with extra warmer layers including jumpers and fleeces for the winter.
- For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
- If you are on business then pack conservative business suits, trouser suits, or dresses. Men should wear dark coloured, conservative business suits.
- For the winter (November - March) as well as layers you need to be sure to pack a thick coat, gloves, hat and warm scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles and a warm, cosy lining.
- It is important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles will get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
- If your trip is in the winter you may like to check out our skiing packing guide too.
- You may also wish to take something to protect your face and lips from the cold dry air.
- Children's faces in particular should be protected by using plenty of lip balm and clothing such as balaclava hats.
- Take sunglasses as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.
- If it's snowing when you plan to visit pack snow goggles - they really will help.
- If you're heading to the eastern forests for bear-watching, definitely don't forget your camera! But also take a good book - you may have a long wait between sightings. The mosquitoes are a problem here too, so take plenty of insect repellent.
- If taking part in outdoor pursuits, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
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Thanks for the guide, back from holiday. Levi was an excellent resort, although very expensive. 8 postcards + stamps cost me €13, beer was €6 for 40cl, typical evening main course was €18 for a burger to €26 for a steak, couldn't afford the wine!!
The resort is in the Arctic circle so ranged from -18c in the morning to -4c at lunchtime dropping again by evening. Ended up taking 3 thermal base layers and used them all. Really needed a couple more pairs of ski socks, only took 3. Took 3 midlayer tops, and wore ski jacket and ski trousers over.
Made the mistake of tucking my base layer trousers into my socks which gave me a friction burn, ended up folding them back up the leg so didn't rub.
Went self catering but eating out in the evening kept my leg base layer on below my jeans as legs got too cold otherwise. Snow boots were an excellent purchase as normal shoes would have got soggy in the deep snow.
Resort was reasonably causal, a standard Next v-neck jumper and shirt below, or polo tshirt were fine with jeans.
Ski goggles ideal if snowing, otherwise the good UV sunglasses are fine. Regards James UK (March)