The mean temperature in Tromsø in November is +3ºC. However, due to the wind chill factor, it can feel as if it's a lot colder. Remember to pack extra warm layers of clothes.
We recommend you dress in layers, it allows you to easily adjust to variations in temperature. Wear three layers or more; to get rid of perspiration, insulate you from the cold and protect you against the wind. Layering also allows you to easily adjust your clothing when the weather and temperatures change.
When going ashore by Zodiacs, make sure to wear waterproof jacket/trousers and high boots. Below you will find some instructions on how to dress in polar climate, followed by an equipment checklist.
THE INNER LAYER
The layer closest to your skin must get rid of perspiration from your body to keep you dry and warm. Recommended materials are wool or synthetic materials. Cotton should never be worn close to the body.
THE MIDDLE LAYER
This layer provides insulation and retains body heat without restricting movement. Suitable materials for this layer are fleece or wool. It is better to wear several thin layers than one thick layer. On cold days you may need extra insulation. This way you control your body temperature.
THE OUTER LAYER
The main function of this layer is to offer protection against the wind and water, but also to let out excess body heat. Therefore, it is good to use breathable materials such as Gore-Tex or similar.
Please bring a warm hat! Preferable materials are synthetic fibre or wool, preferably windproof.
HANDS AND FEET
These parts of your body are particularly sensitive. It is important to keep hands and feet dry and warm. The same layering method applies here. Use inner gloves made of synthetic fibre, silk or wool and cover with a wind/waterproof mitten. Mittens are much warmer than gloves. Please remember to bring an extra pair of mittens.
You should wear inner socks of synthetic fibre and cover with layers of wool or synthetic socks. A pair of solid, waterproof boots is great when going ashore with the Zodiacs. It is also wise to bring wool insoles.
If you are considering bringing special equipment of any kind, please consult the PolarQuest office before travelling.
- 1 soft bag – Your check-in luggage should be a large backpack or soft duffel bag to check-in. A soft bag is recommended as it is easily stored in your cabin.
- 1 backpack – small and preferably water resistant, to use in the rubber boats and during shore excursions.
- Jacket – water and windproof for example Gore-Tex.
- Trousers – water and windproof for example Gore-Tex.
- Hat – warm and windproof.
- Gloves – water and windproof.
- Sturdy and warm waterproof boots
- Regular shoes/sneakers to wear on board the ship, with sturdy rubber soles to avoid slipping.
- Inner gloves – wool, synthetic or silk.
- Warm underwear – wool or synthetic fibre.
- Warm trousers – wool or fleece.
- Warm sweater – wool or fleece.
- Warm socks – wool or synthetic fibre.
- Camera & memory cards
- Cleaning cloth for camera lenses.
- Charger & extra batteries
- Waterproof bags to protect your camera from getting wet during rubber boat cruises.
IN ADDITION, WE RECOMMEND
- A good pair of binoculars
- Motion sickness medicine – pills, wrist bands or patches for seasickness.
- Pen & note book
- Swimwear in case you get the opportunity to take a plunge.
- Water bottle
- Ear plugs
- Heat packs for your gloves or boots, if you know that your hands and feet easily get cold.
- Walking sticks – please note that they must be foldable and stored in the checked in luggage.