What to pack to see the Northern Lights

You've booked your Northern Lights holiday. You've been excited for ages now, and now it's time to get ready. But hang on, you've never done this before. What's supposed to go in the suitcase? How cold will it be? We've put together a handy infographic to help you easily understand what needs to go in your bag, just so you don't forget something important until it's too late!

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Warm Hat

While it's actually a myth that you lose more than 40% of your body heat through your head, it is true that if your head is cold, your body's core temperature drops fast. A hat that covers your ears is ideal.

Polarised Sunglasses

Ultraviolet (UV) light reflects four times more off snow, so protect your eyes (just don't wear them when you're watching the lights!)

Winter Jacket

Choose something that has insulation, ventilation and is weather resistant. Gore-Tex is an ideal material.

Thermal Underwear

In the coldest of climates, having a base layer of clothes is crucial for keeping in body warmth.

Thick Socks

Toes get chilly quickly too, so good socks are a must – a thermal rating of 4 or 5 is needed for sub zero temperatures.


A great winter holiday investment – waterproof and good grip are essential qualities and Gore-Tex is a good choice of material.


The Scandinavians love their saunas and hot tubs, especially in the winter, and you don't want to miss out if you've forgotten your bathers.


An essential piece of kit for protecting your extremities. Light, breathable and waterproof is the way to go. Look for a thermal rating of 4 or 5 if travelling in sub zero.


Ultraviolet (UV) light increases 4 to 5% for every 1,000 feet you ascend, so you'll want to protect your skin you're in the mountains. Factor 50+ is best.

Enjoying the sights of the Northern Lights shouldn't be done in the cold. The essentials we recommend will keep you warm down to -30ºC. Everything you need can be bought on any budget, from designer dapper to charity shop chic. Just be smart with your materials, pile on the layers and you'll stay snug under the stars.

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