Karelia, Russia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Karelia, Russia? If you're planning to go to Karelia, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Karelia, Russia

Based on the climate and weather in Karelia, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Karelia, Russia by month

January

January in this region can be bitter cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures average in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Coveralls
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Insulated boots
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • High performance gloves

February

February in Karelia is biting cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thick pajamas
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • High performance gloves
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments

March

If you go to Karelia in March, you will notice that it is frosty and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat

April

April in Karelia is cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

It also snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Umbrella

May

If you vacation in Karelia during May, you are likely to find that it can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly and snow occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella

June

June in Karelia is balmy and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear

July

July here is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

August

In August, Karelia is mild and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) and regularly jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Karelia, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage

September

September in Karelia is brisk and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

October

If you visit Karelia during October, you are likely to find that it is brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time and snow a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Socks

November

In November, Karelia can be extremely cold and very snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Karelia, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket

December

Traveling to Karelia in December, you will notice that it is unbearably cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain occasionally and snow nearly every day this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Karelia, Russia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Karelia, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Karelia
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing

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