Roger Johansen - www.nordnorge.com - Bardu
When it comes to dressing for cold weather, it is about layering and using the appropriate materials. Here some good advice how to handle the Nordic weather.
When you have to dress for chilly temperatures, the key is layering, because it gives you the flexibility, as the temperature changing, to adding or removing layers.
For temperatures above 13 deg C, you can get away with keeping the layers minimal and thin, and here a light cotton cardigan with a wool-blend coat above should suffice. It is always a good idea to wear a pair of high leather boots and gloves to provide warmth.
When temperatures drop it is important to wear the right fabrics.
As innerwear, it is comfortable to have some made of polyester, acrylic, rayon or cashmere because it is breathable and wicks the sweat away and keep you warm.
When the wind can be quite chill it is also nice to bring a waterproof jacket - also for rainy days.
For those having to battle wind chill, a down or padded waterproof jacket is also a must, as air pockets trap warm air and retain heat while offering protection from the wind.
Waterproof shoes, woollen socks and touchscreen-usage-enabled gloves are also good accessories to add to the mix, so the hands and feet are never exposed.
The material of inner and outerwear becomes crucial when the temperatures going towards freezing. Here will wool, down and fleece be a good choice.
The outermost layer has to be completely waterproof, also your gloves and shoes. When it so important to keep the head and neck warm have always a scarf and a beanie with you.
If temperatures fall below minus 4 deg C, it is important to put on more layers and get more insulation with a dual-layer hooded jacket that can be unzipped to expel excess heat, if you are doing activities such as skiing or trekking,"
These layers can be zipped up again once you are more sedentary. Also, keep your head and ears warm when you are inactive with at least two layers.
Here it is essentials to have som waterproof boots instead of shoes.