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.
Wear comfortable footwear for sightseeing - we love Hotter shoes for their range of comfy styles.
Take sunglasses even in winter, as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.
If it's snowing when you plan to visit pack snow goggles - they really will help.
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 light raincoat as it rains throughout the year.
For the winter in November, December, January, February and March as well as layers you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles.
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.
Regions of Finland
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're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMaxsoft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Items themed with the Finnish Moomin characters are popular gifts - look for mugs or cookie cutters.
Last updated 22 October 2015.
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