Our GUIDE to everything you need to know about the WEATHER in LAPLAND.
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Since Lapland falls within the Arctic Circle, you probably have visions of snowy hills, people bundled up in snow gear and warming up by a hot crackling fire, and you wouldn’t be wrong! However, it is not always snowing in Lapland. Let’s break it down by season:
Winter in Lapland (December – April)
You may be concerned about the coldness of Winters in Lapland. As a region in the Arctic Circle, it certainly does get cold, however the winters are dry, and it is very rarely windy when it is freezing outside. This means that the temperatures aren’t driven down by icy, frigid winds. The majority of the year in Lapland is covered by snow. 200 days of snow per year is the norm and, in some areas, you can expect temperatures to reach as low as -30 degrees Celsius up to +5 degrees Celsius. This is very dependent on the location and time of the year. The further North you go, the colder it gets. If the cold scares you- fear not! You’ll most likely come prepared with Winter gear which will keep you warm when travelling outdoors. The other amazing thing about Winter in Lapland, is the chance to see the Northern lights. The auroras happen almost every other night on average, however, the Midnight Sun makes it impossible to see in the summer. But in the heart of winter, when there’s only a few hours of Polar Night at midday, the Northern Lights really come out to play.
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Spring in Lapland (April- June)
Late in the winter, as the season edges towards spring, the weather begins to warm up significantly, even though there is still a lot of snow. There are long hours of sunshine during the day, and the light effect is magnified by the white snow. In Springtime, Lapland begins to awaken from a Winter slumber. The snow begins melting, birds start to return home from the South, and Northern animals are waking up from their winter hibernations. The winter wonderland changes dramatically as the ice melts, revealing coniferous trees and grass pushing through the melting snow. You can expect average temperatures in the spring to be between 0°C and +10°C. However, in the spring the nights can be still quite cold and the days warm.
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Summer in Lapland (June- August)
The most incredible aspect of Lapland in Summer is the midnight sun phenomenon. What is this ‘Midnight Sun’ you refer to? For months in summertime, the sun does not set at all. This means that there is sunlight for the entire day. Daytime temperatures are an average warm 20 degrees Celsius, reaching highs of +30 degrees Celsius. Summertime is a great time to explore the many forests and hiking trails of Lapland, go foraging for berries and mushrooms and enjoy the sunshine that never ends.
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Autumn in Lapland (September- November)
Autumn in Lapland is truly magical. As the region enters what the locals call ‘Ruska’ which roughly translates to ‘the colour of autumn leaves’. Close to 70% of Finland is covered in forest, so the transformation of trees to deep, rich shades of golden yellow, orange and russet is a sight to behold. The average temperatures are usually between 0°C and +10°C. The first snows of the season begin to fall in the mountains towards the end of September, but it won’t usually be before the end of October, when snow completely covers the ground.
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