I'll be camping in Scandinavia during the winter, but I can't find any 1-person 4-season tents on REI or similar sites. Do these things exist?

Could it be that I can't find them because it's highly advised against? (Yikes!)

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There is at least one option from Ferrino, but I am sure there are more from "mountain" brands. Maybe you should stop looking for "4 season" and start looking for extreme/mountaineering/alpinism solutions, because high mountain expeditions usually imply low temperatures and high winds. But make sure you the tent is not an "emergency" tent.

However you are right, sleeping in a 1-person tent in winter is not recommended at all, at least if you have relatively little experience in winter camping. In e.g. -10 or -20 C it is still cold when you sleep tightly packed with your friends, and it is much worse when you are alone. And if you make a mistake letting yourself to get too cold, there may be no one around to help you. So in winter people in my area tend to travel in relatively big groups and (if possible) to have a log stove inside their tent, which is obviously impossible with a small tent (please don't take this as an advice to burn any kind of stove inside you tent, it is always very risky).

If you still want to try, then there are some key points that you will want to check when shopping for your tent:

  • 2 canvas. The Ferrino tent above has only one, but that is because they try to minimise weight. If weight is not a problem, go for a two-layer tent, it's warmer.
  • A "skirt" at the bottom of the tent, which makes outer tent reach the ground, so wind is not beating into the inner tent
  • It should be designed for 1 person. The bigger the tent the more inner volume it has, which you have to warm up with your body heat.
  • It should have good skeleton in case of a heavy snowfall.
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    Would you suggest a bivy then? :D
    – MarkE
    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:43
  • @MarkE, oh, I'm not suggesting any model, just found something under "4 season" in Ferrino catalogue (sorry, I have no time for a better market analysis). The best thing would be to find something similar, but with 2 canvas.
    – Steed
    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:52
  • Isn't warming up a matter of a good sleeping bag?
    – gerrit
    Jan 23, 2014 at 18:12

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