Written by Malena Rasetto
Let it cool down a bit and talk about my experience in a Swedish winter. Unfortunately, I’m no longer in Sweden to talk about the summer. Instead, I spent 5 months in such a country, I had the real experience of Swedish winter.
I lived in such winter last December until April 2021. It was quite an experience I really enjoyed! But how to survive the Swedish winter? I mean, me coming from Argentina, where winter is not colder than 0°C and the maximum is 16°C…
How to survive the Swedish winter?
I knew that all I needed was good clothes. So, before moving to Sweden, back in December 2020, I bought a second-hand snow trouser, and I had thermal t-shirts and tights. However, that was not enough! I also needed good gloves and a hat.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have good gloves, so my hands suffered the cold, sometimes I used to borrow gloves from my hosts, which were made to survive the -30°C.
And what about the boots? Ok, yes! You’ll really need special boots, those kinds of boots your feet won’t breathe but won’t suffer the cold either. Plus, thermal socks; or if you wanna feel Scandinavian for a bit, those cool wool socks everyone wears on Christmas (you can buy them in second-hand shops).
Now, you may be wondering what I have done for months up north when it’s cold and dark! Well, I enjoyed life. I caught few Northern Lights, learnt how to ski, walked in frozen lakes, and froze standing on a frozen lake waiting for Northern Lights that never appear… Do you remember watching movies where the guys are standing outside and ended up completely white like in Home Alone? Ok, that was me the whole of January trying to survive a Swedish winter.
When it comes to such weather, you need to enjoy life, go out despite the cold. A place is as beautiful in winter as it is in summer.
I remember being in Kiruna for Christmas, I had 2 hours of daylight from 12 am to 14 pm, but I woke up at around 8 to go on tours, and enjoy the snow. I spent Christmas in Kiruna, what an amazing experience! I booked a tour in a sled and had dinner in the mountains trying to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see them, but that didn’t ruin my experience, or even, my Christmas. I was living the dream.
If I have to recommend spending winter in Sweden, I would say be prepare. It may sound silly but during the night, given it is so white outside, it looks daylight. The landscape, the view, and the experience worth it! So, sit back, get ready and enjoy the Swedish winter.
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About the Author
Hej! I’m Malena. I’m an Argentinian travelling Sweden. After living in Ireland for 2 years and a half I decided to start backpacking Europe. I’ve been living with different families since then. I love to be around different cultures, I love outdoor activities like hiking and swimming. I love blogging, reading and writing. You can find me on Instagram as @malenarasetto. I really hope you enjoy my articles! Vi ses!