Lapland
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Here is a general description of the kind of equipment you'll be needing for your Lapland trip


Equipment and temperatures

The equipment needed can vary because the temperatures can vary a lot through the year in Lapland. Summer temperatures of + 30 Centigrades are not unusual in Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland or in Karasjok in Norwegian Lapland.

In winter temperatures can creep down to - 50 Centigrades in the same places.

Still the average temperatures are higher than you would expect at these latitudes. The reason for this is the Gulf Stream which warms the Arctic Ocean to such a degree that all habours and fiords in Norwegian Lapland are ice free all winter.

The weather can change rapidly, especially on the Arctic Coast, but also throughout Lapland. It's wise to prepare for this when it comes to cloting and equipment.

Summer equipment

For summer season it will be wise to bring clothes like

  • rainwear
  • warm sweaters
  • warm and wind tight outer garments
  • warm underwear
  • hiking shoes
  • maps and a compass


  • if you want to hike the mountains and/or the wilderness. For hiking you'll also need equipment like

  • a quality backpack or rucksack
  • a tent
  • a ground sheet
  • light heating equipment


  • In addition you'll need different things for personal hygiene and food and other thing need when you are on your own in the wilderness.

    Winter equipment

    In addition to the things listed under the summer equipment chapter above, you'll need some extras for winter hiking or skiing in mountains or the wilderness.

    Clothes
  • woolen underwear
  • winter cap
  • woolen scarf
  • socks
  • sweaters
  • woolen + wind tight mittens
  • an hooded anorak
  • gaiters
  • wind tight trousers


  • Other equipment
  • Sun glasses
  • Quality winter shoes
  • Gaiters
  • A spade
  • A torch or a headlight
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Skiis
  • maps and a compass
  • an extra ski tip and a pole basket


  • Take a look at our article on safety in Lapland. Having good good equipment contributes to your personal safety.

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