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Ultimate Packing Checklist For Northern Norway

Northern Norway, the endless country above the polar circle, the country of the Sami, northern lights and raging rivers full of salmon is also known for its cold temperatures below freezing point.

In order to stay warm on your adventures, whether you are dog sledding, reindeer sledding or snowmobiling there are a few things you should have with you in order to always stay comfortably warm even at -30 degrees Celsius.

What to pack for Northern Norway:

Winter in northern Norway can be cold. We are talking of temperatures between -10 and -35 degrees Celsius. These are a few things you definitely should consider taking with you when traveling to countries above the polar circle.


1. Outdoor Jacket

You definitely need a good jacket that keeps you warm and comfy out in the wild. Weather you are dog-sledding, snowmobiling or just ice-fishing and not moving much. A good jacket will keep the cold away. An outdoor research jacket will exactly do this and it even looks good.

2. Water & Snow proofed pants

The best pants you can wear are bib shorts because they keep the snow away when falling. They might now look as cool as other pants but when it comes to being cold you should prefer to stay warm than to stay cool and you don’t really see this when wearing the jacked on top.

3. Windproof Balaclava

If you don’t want to wear a scarf, I’d recommend a windproof balaclava out of fleece. Fleece keeps the warm inside but still lets your skin breathe.

4. Waterproof and warm boots

There is nothing worse than having cold feet when being outside. Kamik have great and affordable shoes. They seriously saved my life out in the polar circle. They have a big rubber sole that keeps away the cold from your feet. Good waterproof and warm boots are a must wear when somewhere in the cold.

5. Gloves

There is nothing worse than a frozen hand that you can’t feel for hours. Gloves are very important and a personal preference thing, you can choose between mittens and normal gloves. They say that mittens keep warmer; my personal favorites are gloves for extreme winter conditions.

6. Arctic Underwear

One of the most important things you need to wear while out in the middle of nowhere is good and long underwear. It needs to be thick and extra warm. You need a good and warm vest and good long johns.

 7. Great Backpack

Take a good backpack with you that is big enough to fit all your belongings. Finding a good backpack is difficult.

Apart from these things that especially bought for my trip up north I was carrying my regular equipment with me like my GoPros, Laptop, DSLRs etc… I would advice to carry a good tripod with you and a light for GoPro with a red filter, I never thought about that the sun would set so early, therefore I wasn’t able to make any videos since all activities were taking place in the dark.

Ever been in northern Norway or somewhere similar where you needed extremely warm clothes? I’m looking forward to your opinion in the comments below!

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11 comments on “Ultimate Packing Checklist For Northern Norway

  1. Freddie on

    Hey Sebastian! Love it, I’m from Norway and I approve of this:p

    Send me an email, me and Nick want to talk to you about coming on our podcast!

    If we get along we’ll do one;)

    Talk soon, Cheers Freddie;)

    • sebastian on

      Hey Freddie,

      I’m glad that you as a norwegian approve my list. I felt incredibly warm and comfortable wearing these even when I had the snow up to my waist!

  2. Audrey on

    I just went to Norway earlier this year and I was quite prepared, except for the shoes. Lol.
    Having lived in Singapore all my life, the winter was certainly a shock but I loved the cold, as long as I’m properly bundled up. 😀

    Next time if I’m going to a winter country again, I will definitely invest in a pair of fur lined boots!!

  3. Melisa on

    I’ve never been to Barcelona, yet I keep it in my mind as a future live in city… it fits my most important requirements: a city, and a sea!