Finland Recommended Equipment

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Our equipment recommendations for trips in Finland

Basic Equipment

Waterproof duffle bag: 
To carry your main gear we recommend using a 110-120L duffle bag.

You will need to carry your own daypack on the activities. 30-40L is sufficient. We recommend Osprey daypacks.

Trekking poles: 
Trekking poles can reduce the impact on your joints by up to 20%. They are great for trekking in the snow! We recommend adjustable Black Diamond or Alpkit trekking poles.

Water bottles: 
Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water. Wide-mouthed nalgene bottles are recommended.


Sun hat: 
Preferably wide-brimmed for protection.

Warm beanie style hat: 
Go for a version of beanie that is either knitted or fleeced for extra warmth.

Neck gaiter or balaclava: 
We recommend bringing a neck gaiter or bandana for warmth. The most versatile options are made by Buff or Hoo-Rag Headwear.

Choose a pair of high UV protection glasses. Julbo are a great mountain sunglass brand but any brand with high UV protection will suffice.

You will need a headlamp with good light output as the sun sets in late afternoon in the Finnish  winter. Petzl make market-leading and affordable headlamps.

Hands and Feet

Lightweight gloves: 
For daily use we recommend lightweight, fleece or quick drying fabric gloves. Berghaus and The North Face make good lightweight gloves

Heavyweight mittens: 
Insulated heavyweight mittens with safety straps that fit over your liner gloves to provide additional warmth and wind protection. They have to be warm and extremely weather-proof.

Merino wool is the best material and Bridgedale or Smartwool make good trekking socks.

Training shoes: 
To wear around the accommodation after your day's activity we recommend bringing a pair of training shoes or sandals.

Trekking boots: 
We recommend using mid-weight trekking boots with good ankle support. Recommended brands include: Salomon, Scarpa, Hi-Tec and Merrell.

Help keep your trousers dry in snowy conditions.

Upper Body

Thermal base layer: 
Ideally made from merino wool. No cotton. Recommended brand is Icebreaker.

Long sleeved shirt:
Go for a medium weight, moisture wicking long sleeve shirt. Icebreaker, Berghaus and Under Armour make great breathable trekking shirts.

Fleece or Soft shell jacket: 
A mid-weight polartec fleece jacket is ideal. Berghaus, Helly Hansen and The North Face all make great fleeces.

Hard shell outer jacket: 
A water/windproof hard shell outer jacket to protect you from the elements. Goretex material is best. Recommended brands include The North Face, Arc'teryx, Berghaus and Mountain Hardwear

Insulated jacket: 
A good quality and warm down or primaloft jacket is required for the cold. Recommended brands include The North Face, Rab, Arc'Teryx and Mountain Hardwear

A swimsuit may be required for a soothing sauna after a day out in the cold! 


Base layer: 
Merino wool is preferable. Recommended brand is Icebreaker

Trekking trousers: 
Medium weight trekking trousers that can fit a layer underneath. Recommended brands include Craghoppers and Columbia

Hard shell trousers: 
To protect yourself from the elements you need a good pair of waterproof / windproof hard shell trousers. Ideally Goretex. Patagonia, The North Face and Arc'teryx make good outer trousers

Odds and Sods

Sun and lip screen: 
High SPF sunscreen and lip protection balm. SPF 40 or higher

Toothbrush and toothpaste: 
Ideally travel size

Wet wipes and hand sanitizer: 
Staying clean in the wilderness can be challenging. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer are a huge help.

Personal medicines and medical kit: 
We recommend bringing Paracetamol and Ibuprofen at a minimum.

Ear plugs: 
For light sleepers.

Personal snacks: 
Boiled sweets, nuts, energy bars and dried fruit are all a good shout.

Dry bag: 
Only required if your main duffle bag or rucksack is not waterproof. Sturdy rubble sacks will also help to keep your kit dry.

Camera and spare batteries: 
Unless you are a keen photographer we recommend taking a good quality and lightweight point and shoot camera like the Panasonic Lumix.

Plug adapter: 
A plug adapter for charging your devices in the accommodation each evening. See Finland Travel Guide for information on which plug to get.