Right, I promise I’m not going to keep banging on about our brilliant Big Adventure (much) in Finland for much longer.
That was probably a big fat lie. It was one of the best trips of our lives and I want to relive every minute of it as much as possible. Even the bits that irritated me at the time – like waiting for Boofuls to get his act together so we could get outside as fast as possible have now taken on a rose tinted glow since we got home. I discovered that one can only wear so many layers of clothing before it becomes a physical impossibility to move. Our walk took on an pronounced and ungainly roly poly gait while we were there Oi! Cheeky! Because of the layers of clothing, not because of the pies! Rude!
Generally, I was so keen to get togged up and outside that I got ready far faster than Boofuls and then I’d stand there ridiculously hot and struggling to breath while he poodled about taking his tablets, getting a drink, brushing his teeth etc. etc. etc. It’s very difficult to dance around from foot to foot like an impatient two year old when you’re dying of heat exhaustion and bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Michelin man. After a couple of days we developed a routine where I’d get dressed and then wait outside for him.
So, just in case you’re curious, or even if you’re not. This is what the well dressed traveller wears during a Finnish winter (we’ll take the grundies part of the dressing process as a given and not in need of comment).
1 pair liner socks
2 pairs thermal socks
1 pair long johns. Silk if the temperature was above -15 and fleece if it was below
1 pair padded walking trousers
1 long sleeved base layer wool or silk vest
1 light woollen polo neck jumper
1 warm jumper
1 pair liner gloves
1 pair thermal mittens
1 all in one babygro style thermal suit
1 hoodie ‘Buff’ hat with face bandit style face cover for robbing banks or for keeping your face warm if there were no banks to rob
1 Buff for keeping the neck warm and doubling up as another hat
1 hood on thermal suit (if it was particularly cold )
1 pair heavy thermal lined boots
As you can imagine, wearing that little lot indoors wasn’t the most pleasant experience. It was a relief to get outside and get on with the serious task of gazing around me like a fool and exclaiming every 10 seconds, “It’s just so beautiful.”