What to Wear

Winter time in Swedish Lapland is beautiful but as you’d expect, it can be cold. Surprisingly though it can also be pretty mild so you need to be prepared for either eventuality. Generally visits here are just 3 or 4 nights so you won't need a huge suitcase and we recommend sticking to the 'layer principle' rather than packing lots of bulky items.

When travelling comfort is key, as is a pair of good boots suitable to winter. You’ll also need a thermal, or ski, jacket as well as trousers, or at least over trousers. We don’t advise wearing jeans as denim isn’t that warm and it takes a while to dry out should you get it wet in the snow.

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On arrival at the Icehotel you'll receive a one-piece thermal suit to wear over your clothes whenever stepping outside - it's essential for excursions too. You'll soon learn that the Swedes like to keep their heating on high which means you'll want to get the suit off as quickly as possible once you're inside! So, remember the layer principle - as long as you have a decent jumper or two, with lighter, base and mid layer garments to wear underneath, you'll be fine.

In addition to your thermal outer suit, the Icehotel will provide guests with mittens, a hat and snow boots which are as ideal for crunching through the wonderfully deep drifts as they are at keeping you steady. Make sure you opt for a size larger than you normally take so you have plenty of room for an extra pair of socks, should you feel the need. We also recommend taking a pair of thin, fingered gloves to wear underneath your mittens – ideal for when you need to adjust a delicate camera setting!

As for hats, we recommend you take one with ear flaps. It might also be an idea to pack a balaclava – sometimes but not always, these are provided by excursion operators. They are great for wearing underneath a crash helmet to protect against the wind when snowmobiling.

It's worth investing in some good pieces of winter clothing – items that you can wear whilst walking around the Icehotel complex and under your thermal suit when enjoying activities as well as once you're back in the UK. We recommend Haglofs, a Swedish brand favoured by many of our staff and worn by staff at the Icehotel as their products are designed with the aim to help you efficiently regulate body temperature, plus they're pretty stylish too!

Haglofs clothing can be purchased at many good outdoor clothing stores such as Cotswold Outdoors - cotswoldoutdoor.com. New lines come out all the time so it’s good to try on some pieces and get advice from the retailer - they offer a sometimes bewildering choice so we’ve picked out a few recommendations to get you started.         

1) Bivvy Down jacket: this lightweight goose down jacket is perfect as an outer layer (looks a little like a classic ‘puffa’ jacket – see picture).

2) The Essens Down range is not so ‘puffy’ and can be worn for everyday use – available as jackets or vests.

3) Barrier Pro jackets: best suited for use in wet weather (so good for when back home!) but can also be good when using with layers for added warmth. There is also a hooded version.

4) For especially cold and windy conditions the Qanir hooded jacket is ideal albeit a pricier option.

5) Micro tops are excellent mid layer garments - made of lightweight Polartec fleece and incredibly warm.

6) Isogon tops cost a little more and there are hooded versions too.

7) Col pants feature a comfortable stretch, nylon outer with a polyester mesh Bivvy Down liner making them very wind proof and hard wearing.

All our Icehotel clients will receive a Lapland Travel Tips booklet which includes a comprehensive packing list and further recommendations or if you would like to discuss further, contact our team of Travel Specialists.

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