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How to Dress for Arctic Adventure

Some of you may be watching the latest reality show “71 degrees North” on ITV. This new adventure reality show stars 10 celebrities and is set amongst the icy glaciers and snowy landscape of Norway, mixing spectacular experiences and pure danger, with sheer entertainment and breathtaking scenery. Activities so far have included Husky Sledging, Snowmobiling, Swimming in the Icy Waters and Building a Snow Cave. To come is reindeer racing, frozen waterfall climbing and snow hiking to name but a few.

As many of our Arctic Adventures breaks are set in similar conditions, though we offer Arctic breaks in Greenland, Sweden, Finland and Iceland and include many of these activities we thought it might be interesting to talk about what you should be wearing in these climes.

In order to dress right in a cold climate it is important to regulate the body’s exchange of heat with the surroundings.

The 3 layer clothing principle outlined below will ensure your comfort.

What to pack
An inner layer or Thermal base layer made from synthetics, wool or a woollen mixture (pure cotton should be avoided since cotton clothing cools down when it becomes wet.)
A middle layer of clothing should strengthen and regulate the heat insulation, isolate air and hold the humidity from the body. For example woollen sweater/shirt, fleece or thermal sweater.
An outer additional layer of woollen jumpers/sweaters, fleeces or thermal sweaters made of breathable material in order to allow even distribution of body heat, which can be added if required. Good Quality Woollen Socks
Gloves and Hat (for use outdoors when arctic clothing is not essential)

What would be provided to complete your Arctic Wear

An arctic jacket and trousers or thermal overalls, warm protective boots, outdoor hat, balaclava and gloves.

A proper hat restricts the great heat losses from the head while giving protection to ears and neck. A Balaclava offers excellent additional protection from the elements and can be worn under your Arctic Hat. People may find this of help to protect their faces from the elements (when travelling on snowmobiles in particular).

Gloves give good protection to the hands, and Arctic Thermal Shoes protect against moisture as well as the cold ground. They are larger than a normal shoe, in order to leave space for socks and soles, and to have an insulating layer of air in the shoe. Remember to take good quality woollen socks.

So now you are set and know what to wear! Take a look at the Arctic Adventure Breaks and see where you would wear them!

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