What to wear for a Winter FjordSafari

Look cold? Not with the right clothing!

 

With waterfalls frozen to ice, and snow on the mountain tops, winter is an amazing time of your to experience the Fjords. The low temperatures that give the landscape its winter coat can, however, be intimidating. As long as we dress appropriately, we can enjoy sub zero temperatures in comfort. As the Norwegian saying goes <<Ingen dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!>> - “No bad weather, just bad clothing!”

Base Layers


Closest to your skin in winter we always reccomend our guests wear wool. Wool is a great insulator and helps transport moisture away from your skin (damp skin is rarely pleasant, and cools you down much faster). Base layers made from wool will also keep you warm even if they get wet. Products made from materials such as merino wool can seem expensive at first, but as wool has antibacterial properties, often you can use the same item for several days without needing to wash it, and as such these items tend to last longer! Good quality woolen undergarments are a worthwhile investement in your comfort once the temperatures start to drop. Woolen socks (some of our guides reccomend a thin inner sock, with a thick insulating sock on top, to avoid blisters and provide extra warmth on the coldest days) should keep your toes nice and toastie!
Some guests have mentioned that they don’t react well to wool items being directly in contact with their skin. Synthetic alternatives can be found, and we have heard of people wearing a synthetic layer innermost, with wool on top. While wool allergies are rare, fleece offers a good alternative. Just remember that synthetic fleece must be washed in a protective mesh bag to avoid releasing microplastic pollution.

Insulation


For insulating layers, down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio, and should be ethically sourced. Synthetic insulation is somewhat heavier for the warmth provided but offers warmth when wet that down cannot match. When you arrive to our dock ready to head out on the boat we have thick insulated trousers and jackets available to go over what you are already wearing.

Outer layers


The most important aspect of your outerwear should be that it is windproof! Standing still, -5 Degrees Celcius feels manageable, but just a 10 meter per second wind can make this feel like -14!
You don’t need the latest style or the most expensive shell clothing available, but something to keep the wind off will do the trick. The floatation suits we provide for our guests are insulating, windproof and impregnated with waterproofing to keep you safe and comfortable whatever the weather.

Hats, Gloves, Goggles and boots

We provide all our guests with insulated hats, winter weight mittens, and goggles to protect your

The mittens are oversized so that you can whip them on and off to take photos along the journey. The goggles will protect your eyes from the wind up at speed, and also serve to hold your hat in place. So that you don’t have to splash out on an expensive pair of arctic grade boots if you won’t be spending lots of time in snowy areas, we also have insulating and windproof coverboots available for guests to slip on over their shoes. If you know you feel the cold, we can provide you with an additional floatation suit to act as a sleeping bag for you to put your feet inside while on the boat.

So what should I wear?

Arrive dressed for a day out in winter temperatures. This means warm underlayers, a jumper like insulation piece, and windproof outer layers. If you have winter boots, wear these, if not wear our coverboots! On top of your usual winter outfit, we will give you even more clothing to keep you safe and comfortable out on the fjord; thermal trousers and jacket, a wind/waterproof floatation suit, and hat, gloves and goggles that can go on top of what you are already wearing.

 
Trip InfoFred Thomas-Bowman