Layering clothing:

  1. Baselayer: Wool
  2. Mid-layer: Wool/fleece
  3. Insulation: Down
  4. Weatherproof Shell: Goretex, Cotton/Polyester, other

Layering clothing is essential in Lapland in winter where temperatures can be very cold, and weather conditions can change rapidly. These tips applies to from +5 celsius degrees down to -25 celsius degrees. Here are some tips for layering clothing in Lapland in winter:

Base Layer

Start with warm base layers. Choose materials like merinowool. If you need to buy these make sure that merinowool thickness is around 200g/m2. You can get more info from the brand’s website. Sometimes you can wear even two layers of base layer if you want. R


Use mid-layers like fleece sweaters or thick wool sweaters. Mid-layers provide additional insulation when moving in very cold temperatures. On the other hand you can wear this mid-layer in the camp after the hiking day. These mid-layers comes on top of the base layers. Besides of this mid-layer it is good to take also light down jacket into the backpack.

Insulation Layer

High quality insulated down jackets are a must and excellent choices for cold conditions on the breaks during the hike and also in the evenings after the hiking day. They offer good insulation and can be even your life saver in worst case scenario. Don’t hesitate to take one or two sizes up from your ordinary size. The bigger, the warmer! 

Weatherproof Outerwear

Wear windproof and waterproof outer layers, such as a Gore-Tex jacket and pants to stay dry and protected from the wind.

Hat and Gloves

The best gloves are mittens with removable inner glove. We recommend for example Hestra mittens. Layering goes also very well with hands and feet so you can wear thin liners under your mittens. Use always a warm beanie and a tube scarf. For the very bad weather you can use balaclava that covers your cheeks and nose.


Invest in warm and waterproof winter boots. Wear double woolen socks to keep your feet warm and cozy. The best winter boots has a removable inner boot that you can take off when it is damp. Remember that there should be at least 2cm space between your toes and the top of the shoe. Measure this by taking off the sole and stand on it with your feet. In Lapland you can rent winter boots from some companies.

Remember that you can adjust your layers and body heat if needed. You can unzip or zip up jackets and add or remove layers to avoid overheating or getting too cold. Remember that here should be always one dry layer in your backpack or sled. Layering clothing allows you to adapt to various weather conditions and keep yourself warm and comfortable in Lapland’s harsh winter conditions. Also, remember that proper gear is key to safe and enjoyable outdoor activities during the winter.