We had a shock yesterday… Eliot checked the weather at yr.no and noticed that next week the temperature will fall to -12 degrees. Even more concerning, the website informs that it will probably feel more like -17 degrees!!!!!! The only bit of compensation is that it will be during Christmas Week and I did see snowflakes appearing in one of the graphics.
As British ‘southern softies’, we are not yet acclimatized to these kind of winters. Our house is already feeling cold (we have the fire lit every night) and our walk to work is taking longer – becoming more of a slip sliding swagger.
Trying not to panic too much, I quickly realised that we just don’t have the gear for harsh Nordic winters so a few weeks back, my friend Lina took me out shopping for clothes so we’re fully fitted out for these semi-arctic conditions. What an experience! Here’s a survival guide for those who fancy a winter holiday in the Nordics.
- Fleece/Wool lined boots: A pair of UGG or EMU boots – they are warm inside and the soft grip makes walking in snow easier. Like wearing a pair of slippers – you won’t feel the cold at all!
- Thermals: Not sexy but essential – get a top and trousers made from wool
- Wooly socks: You will be so glad of these when you’re walking in snow!
- A Puffer Jacket: Don’t think these are just for teenagers and rap stars – in Norway everyone wears them. Look out for Bergans, Helly Hansen or North Face. Bit expensive it but worth it – like walking to work with your duvet wrapped around you.
- Mittens: With wind chills hitting -20 degrees, if you want to feel your fingers after walking in the cold, get fleece lined mittens that keep your fingers together.
- Thick Hat: You can lose up to 75% of your body heat through your head – make sure it’s covered. Look for fleece lined and one that covers your ears.
- Fleece inner soles: Much the same as normal inner soles but these are made of fleece. Great to put in your normal shoes – you won’t feel the cold!
- Heated seats: If you hire/buy a car make sure it has heated seats – I think most have them. You will appreciate them more than ever before!