Winter in Finland is magical but also full of questions! I have answered them for you - for a safe and amazing Finnish winter experience.
This is the all-essential winter checklist for Finland!
With jaw-dropping temperatures and long dark period, but also stunning blue skies and bright sunny days, lots of snow and all the good stuff – Finnish winters can be a challenge. Especially for new and resident locals, or visitors, knowing what you need to have an enjoyable winter experience, is super important.
This is a list of input, suggestions and my personal recommendations and tips of over 13 winters in Finland – and loving every single one of them (truly)!
Top 3 things to remember:
– It’s worth investing in a few key pieces, and it will make all the difference
– Layering is important, figure out what works for you and make comfort a priority
– Extra important: feet, hands, ears, skin.
– These depend a lot on your planned activity and personal preference
– Mittens will keep your hands warmer than finger gloves. Gloves are still great for warmer days or quick outings
– Fingerless gloves with a flop-over mitten cover are the best thing you can invest in
– One good beanie is a must. Wool is the best.
– Buff or balaclava will save your day, trust me on this. A scarf is more optional for me.
– Sunglasses!! Winter sun and white snow reflecting it is harsh. A must on any winter checklist for Finland.
– (merino) wool over everything, it keeps you warm and dry. Material matters.
– stay away from synthetic fibres and cotton
– mesh layers for every day are underrated
– you don’t need many of these. Woollen ones only need to be aired out for a refresh. Invest in 1-2 pairs and you’re sorted.
– Some investments are worth it, winters are long here
– Second hand is an excellent option for all of these
– Remember to layer
– North Outdoor
– Studded shoes are great but I personally don’t wear them often. The studs are great outside but damage floors very easily
– Stick with reputable brands for shoes (preferably Nordic as they know what they are doing).
– I always double sock: silk-cotton mix liner sock + mid-weight woollen sock = perfect formula
– Helsingin Sukkatehdas
– North Outdoor
– Marimekko (for cute ones)
– Sauna in wintertime is my favourite thing ever, winter swimming is absolutely worth a try! It’s even better with a couple of bits to upgrade your experience.
– Some nice-to-haves for sure, but we do spend a lot of time indoors during winters, so staying cozy and warm is just as important here!
– Lapuan Kankurit
– Luin Living
– This has nothing to do with vanity or beauty: skin protection is a non-negotiable for everyone. Cannot be missing on any winter checklist for Finland!
– Wear SPF every day. UV rays are always present and it’s the easiest way to protect ourselves from skin damage.
– Water-based products can freeze and crack your skin. Either opt for a wax- or oil-based moisturiser or SPF, or add a face oil to your routine.
– Just some of my personal must-haves that I carry with me 🙂