Winter gear and clothing list
All our activities take place outdoors and we do not want the weather to be an obstacle for you. Be sure to dress properly.
Location and conditions
Temperature and weather conditions can change very quickly in northern Sweden. Due to the location above the Arctic Circle the climate is sub-arctic with long cold winters. The winter here lasts normally from October to April-May. The winter climate in and around Jukkasjärvi is dry and cold.
These are the average winter temperatures: January -15° C, February -14° C, March -10° C, and April -4° C. In January and February the temperatures may drop to below minus 35-40 degrees Celsius.
Although the thermometer may show minus 5 degrees Celsius, the real temperature can be much lower, if it is windy or if you move fast. This is called the chill factor.
Getting dressed for the wintertime (multiple layer principle)
To enjoy your trip it is important to be properly dressed. When getting dressed, use several layers of clothes. It will both insulate and ventilate. The sunshine can be sharp in connection with the snow. Therefore don’t forget sunglasses and sun lotion in spring winter.
Closest to your body we recommend a set of thermal underwear in synthetics, wool or woollen mixture. Synthetics absorb and transport the moisture away. Wool absorbs the moisture but has the ability to keep you warm even when it is damp. Avoid cotton since it absorbs the moisture and chills when it gets damp.
- Long johns and a long sleeved undershirt; socks
The next layer can be of wool or fleece. This layer is for keeping you warm and transporting humidity away from your body.
- Wool or fleece pants, turtleneck or fleece sweater; wool boot socks
The outer layer protects you from wind and moisture from outside.
- Water and windproof winter jacket with hood and padded winter (ski) trousers
- Waterproof or water-resistant winter boots somewhat larger than normal and with good fraction
- Warm hat; mittens or gloves; and a scarf
If the weather gets very cold, or you rest, it is good to have some extra warm clothes to put on top or under a shell garment:
- Down jacket or vest and thick sweater or vest (wool or fleece)
We provide guests booked on activities and package tours with
- Warm thermal overall (windproof pants and cape during photography tours only)
- Warm hat and warm skin mittens (not during photography tours only)
- Warm boots
- Helmet (for tours by snowmobile and the reindeer sledding part of the Ráidu-tour)
- Camera, (torch) and tripod for photography tours
- Sleeping bag, bed linen and bathing towel if overnight stay at Reindeer Lodge is included
Jokkmokk journey requires personal winter outer wear.
Other things to remember
- Personal camera and small torch, sunglasses and sun lotion (in March and April)