One of the biggest concerns people have about traveling to places like Lapland and the Arctic Circle is keeping warm in sub-zero temperatures.
Especially when you come from a hot and humid country like India, it becomes all the more important and people start cowering up just by the thought.
i wasn’t particularly apprehensive about the weather (I’ve trekked in -5 degrees in Bhutan back in 2007, and absolutely loved it), but i was still unsure about the right kind of clothing for Lapland.
The universe has it’s own ways of answering – so when Prrem’s Winterwear heard about my travel plans for Feb, they offered to be my official winterwear partner and kindly sponsored the most important piece of clothing for my journey – the 2-in-1 Winter Jacket.
Sporting the Prrem’s 2-in-1 Jacket in Finnish Lapland
Layer Up to Warm Up!
Yuktie from Prrem’s gave me the most important advice for dressing for the cold: layering up.
Basically, layer up your clothing to acclimatize to temperatures – as it can sway a LOT depending on wind, indoor / outdoor differences etc.
Base Layer: Start with a base layer of thermal (wool) underwear + socks (double up for lower temperatures).
2nd Layer: Next, you can wear trousers and a shirt (preferably woolen or fleece)
3rd (+4th) Layer: Finally, you put on a wind + waterproof jacket, depending on humidity levels. Mine was waterproof.
Face & Arms: That takes care of the torso. The ears, head and hands have to be protected too. I wore a beanie at most times, carried a ‘buff’ to protect ears + nose and wore 1 or 2 pairs of gloves, depending on the cold and humidity conditions (base layer wool / outer layer waterproof material)
Footwear is VERY important too – but since Prrem’s didn’t stock that, i decided to buy good snow shoes upon reaching Helsinki.
I also kept a plastic ‘poncho’ (pocket sized foldable raincoat) in my day pack at all times, besides extra pairs of socks & gloves.
Review: The Prrem’s 2-in-1 Winter Jacket
– The friend that stayed closest to me in the Arctic, to keep me warm!
Dual layers of waterproof, insulated clothing which kept me warm even at -10 degrees Celsius
On the left here is the inner layer, while the one on the right is the outer layer with a detachable hoodie. All of this connected together with zippers + buttons.
At most times when it was not windy, i didn’t even need to wear the 4th / outer layer (right) but it was incredible when it did get windy in sub zero temperatures.
Come wind, snow or rain, it held together really well and it the quality of the product was unquestionably A-class, engineered to weather all odds.
For quick access, I would keep my passport / ticket in the chest pocket of the outer jacket. Most trains, restaurants and museums across Scandinavia have jacket hooks, hangers and even cloak rooms, so storage of your jacket when indoors is not something you should ever have to worry about.
I even tested the jacket in super windy Svalbard – the closest solo travelers can get to the North Pole, and it did just fine in -20 degrees with wind!
OK, it works in Longyearbyen, Svalbard too!
Verdict: All in all, the Prrem’s 2-in-1 Jacket did a fabulous job of keeping me warm in temperatures my mom would shiver just thinking about.
The one single thing I’d wish it had was drawstrings at the base, to fasten it and make it airtight when on the move.
Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.