Temppeliaukio underground church, Helsinki, September
General Packing Tips
Even in summer Finland can be cool.
Our advice would be to dress in warm layers.
Long pants with a long-sleeved top are good to pack all year round, with extra warmer layers including sweaters and fleeces for the winter.
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/mosquito repellent.
If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
Clothing Tips for Women
If you are on business then pack conservative business suits, trouser suits, or dresses.
A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
Clothing Tips for Men
If you are on business then pack dark colored conservative business suits.
Pack for the Weather
Pack a waterproof jacket or raincoat as it rains throughout the year.
For the winter; November, December, January, February and March as well as layers you need to be sure to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles and a warm, cosy lin.
It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles 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.
For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
merino wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
Last updated 24 February 2015.
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