WEATHER AND TEMPERATURES

The day temperature in January–March varies between -5C and -20C. However it is possible that the temperature gets above 0C or falls to -30C.

In December and January the days are very short. In the beginning of January there is only 6,5 hours of daylight (9.00 am to 3.30 pm), in the beginning of February about 9 hours (8.00 am to 5.00 pm) and in the beginning of March about 12 hours (6.30 am to 6.30 pm).

The snow is normally 50–100 cm deep during these months.

If you’d like to check the weather, a ten day weather forecast can be found here: http://foreca.fi/Finland/Taivalkoski/tenday

 

CLOTHING

Clothing is a personal choice but everybody should be prepared for cold weather. During the activities the body activity usually generates enough heat to keep your body warm but during the breaks you’ll get cold easily. Therefore it is important to have a warm coat to wear during the stops.

The best way to protect yourself from the cold is to wear a number of thin layers rather than a few thick ones. The outer layer should be windproof. Special attention should be paid to the feet, fingers and face.

Here is an example of the various layers:

Underwear – Synthetic underwear, wool or silk is better than cotton. Skin-tight underwear removes moisture from the skin.
Mid-layer clothing – Eg. fleece or woollen garments. Mid-layer clothing makes it possible to adjust thermal insulation according to the weather and rate of physical activity.
Outer layer – Windproof coat and trousers (it is not necessary to be waterproof like Gore-tex)
Head – Windproof hat which protects the ears as well. Remember to protect your face too, especially if it’s windy. A  scarf is be useful.
Hands – Windproof mittens protect your fingers better than gloves. For the breaks you can have another pair of big mittens to be put over the others.
Feet – Socks made of wool mixtures are the best choice. Cotton sports socks are not good for the cold weather! Winter shoes should have thick soles and be a size larger than your summer ones. Ideal shoes have enough space also for knitted woollen socks to be put over the other socks.

 

PACKING LIST

Clothing

– coat and trousers for skiing and other activities
– a warm coat for breaks
– thermal long john pants and shirt (synthetic, wool or silk)
– mid-layer clothing for the cold weather (eg. fleece or wool garments)
– mittens (or gloves) and pair of big mittens to put over the others
– warm ski socks
– a hat
– scarf
– warm shoes
– slippers or thick woollen socks to wear in the evening
– leisure time clothing

Other personal items

– small rucksack (to carry lunch etc. during the activities)
– head lamp or torch
– a thermos flask
– sunglasses or ski glasses
– camera
– toiletries, small personal first aid kit
– swimsuit
– games, playing cards
– earplugs
– antibacterial hand gel

Note! On some occasions luggage can be misplaced in transit between flights. Therefore it is recommend to put some clothes in your hand luggage so you have what you need for at least the first day of this trip.

 

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

It is possible to rent winter overalls, boots and mittens for EUR 40,-
It’s also possible to rent shoes for EUR 15,-

If you wish to rent the winter gear please inform us in advance.