What should you bring with you when visiting Polar Area? Weather can change quickly and you are safe… or not?
Let’s start with your personal equipment.
You are going spend some time outside. It’s going to be both during the day and night. In mostly cold conditions and you need proper and warmth clothes. During the daytime the weather can be mild and pleasant if you are not there during the winter. During the nighttime weather is totally different and usually you need more layers on your existing clothes or to completely change. Some of you already owns the winter cloths but some of you live in mild climate and don’t need it. If you don’t have a local stores to buy your own equipment and don’t want to order it online then you can buy it in Stockholm if you visit Sweden. You can do it in Kiruna as well or any other town in Scandinavia. If traveling organized with agency then you can sometimes rent all your special equipment. I mostly use and recommend Scandinavian companies designed and tested for those areas. You don’t need to follow this recommendation if you have another trusted companies or brands.
Let’s start with merino wool products. They are perfect for wearing as the first layer because of its good properties. In the wintertime you can combine with more layers of merino wool in combinations with fleece product. Fleece has good properties for extreme weather conditions and its much cheaper. Jeans are definitely not good to wear at all and all other cotton products. For example, if you are going to take long walk with your camera equipment your body will produce heat/moist. Cotton products will absorb all this and when not moving anymore (when taking the pause) will make you feeling cold. Cotton will even reduce the heat you need to feel comfortable during the winter and will help you only in summer. Merino wool will do opposite by removing the moist from you to the next layer which will keep you dry and warmth. Pants, jackets and other equipment you can choose based on your budget and stile and season.