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The Only Constant Is Change

Cold winters, warm summers, colourful autumns and light-filled springs that bring about the rebirth of nature are the foremost nominators in the northern annual cycle. In Rovaniemi, the four main seasons are completed by seasons of transition in between them, which means the weather is ever-changing – find out more below.

Midwinter

This period takes place in January-February and is also known as the heart of winter. With only a few hours of daylight, a rather mysterious air of silence and peacefulness shrouds the natural surroundings. A great way of experiencing the fresh and crisp midwinter is through winter activities.
Typical temperature: -25°C to -15°C

Snowy Spring

The amount of daylight starts increasing dramatically towards the end of February and the snowy landscapes bathe in the bright springtime sun until the snow starts melting away at the end of April. For many locals, this is the favourite time of year and it shows: fells, forests and frozen waters are filled with people doing outdoor activities like skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and just generally walking about, enjoying themselves.
Typical temperature: -15°C to 5°C

Spring – When The Ice Breaks And Nature Is Reborn

Solidly frozen for months, the ice on the rivers Ounasjoki and Kemijoki – at the confluence of which Rovaniemi is situated – starts to melt, break and glide downstream in floes in April-May. This time marks the annual rebirth in nature: flowers and plants show signs of life again after being buried under snow for months, reindeer start calving, and days get increasingly longer; summer is round the corner.
Typical temperature: 5°C to 15°C

Summer And The Midnight Sun

In Rovaniemi, the Midnight Sun shines from early June until early July, but nights are white from late May until early August. Warm spells, where temperatures reach 25 degrees, usually happen between mid-June and mid-August. With 24 hours of daylight, there’s plenty of time for summer activities and festive events.
Typical temperature: 15°C to 25°C

Harvest Season And The First Auroras

August in Rovaniemi is defined by harvesting nature’s crops, namely berries and mushrooms. Locals flock to forests in search of cloudberries, bilberries, lingonberries, boletuses and russula. For visitors, guidance on what and where to pick is available. Nights start getting darker in mid-August, and the Northern Lights season begins.
Typical temperature: 10°C to 20°C

Autumn Leaf Colour

In September, the first whiffs of the coming winter can be sensed in the air. In nature, a colourful display known as Autumn Leaf Colour takes place as leaves turn various shades of earthy tones. This time is perfect for outdoor activities in Rovaniemi, especially hiking and trekking.
Typical temperature: 5°C to 15°C

First Snowfall – Winter Is Coming

Night-time temperatures drop below zero in October, sometimes even in late September, and frost turns mornings glistening white. People eagerly wait for first snow to fall, and when it does, kids rush outside to build their first snowmen. The first cross-country skiing tracks are opened with the help of stored snow from the previous winter. First snow melts away fairly quickly, only to return permanently within weeks, usually in late November.
Typical temperature: -5°C to 5°C

Christmas

By December, the darkness of the Polar Night has descended upon Rovaniemi, but the snow and Christmas lights brighten the surroundings with their merry glow. The town is buzzing with visitors from around the world who have come to meet Rovaniemi’s most famous citizen, Santa Claus.
The shortest day of the year is December 21st or 22nd (varies annually), and thanks to being located right on the Arctic Circle, on this day, the sun doesn’t rise at all in Rovaniemi. After the Christmas season, focus turns to the New Year and the increasing amount of light.
Typical temperature: -15°C to -5°C

Guess who is excited about winter? The lovely Husky Dogs of course, oh, and Santa Claus! #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #arcticcircle #lapland #husky #huskylove #santaclaus
Guess who is excited about winter? The lovely Husky Dogs of course, oh, and Santa Claus! #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #arcticcircle #lapland #husky #huskylove #santaclaus
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We feel like dancing and singing at the Arctic Circle @mrssantaclauscc #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemichristmas #elf #christmas
We feel like dancing and singing at the Arctic Circle @mrssantaclauscc #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemichristmas #elf #christmas
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6th of December, Independence Day in Finland ❤️ #visitfinland #visitrovaniemi
6th of December, Independence Day in Finland ❤️ #visitfinland #visitrovaniemi
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Magic moments at the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi ❤️#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticcircle #lapland #finland @ourfinland
Magic moments at the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi ❤️#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticcircle #lapland #finland @ourfinland
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Enjoying the winter and snowy landscape in Rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #iceskating #rovaniemichristmas #winter #arcticlifestyle #arcticcircle #lapland #visitfinland
Enjoying the winter and snowy landscape in Rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #iceskating #rovaniemichristmas #winter #arcticlifestyle #arcticcircle #lapland #visitfinland
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@tuiuk, our long term Winter Holiday Partner and true Lapland Specialist, has given the name ”Rovaniemi” to one of the aircrafts. More than 28,000 excited British holidaymakers will make their way from six different regional airports to the most Christmassy place on earth, Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We welcome you with open arms! #visitrovaniemi #lapland #TUIUK #collaboration #finavia #visitfinland #lapland #travel #tourism #flight
@tuiuk, our long term Winter Holiday Partner and true Lapland Specialist, has given the name ”Rovaniemi” to one of the aircrafts. More than 28,000 excited British holidaymakers will make their way from six different regional airports to the most Christmassy place on earth, Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We welcome you with open arms! #visitrovaniemi #lapland #TUIUK #collaboration #finavia #visitfinland #lapland #travel #tourism #flight
@tuiuk, our long term Winter Holiday Partner and true Lapland Specialist, has given the name ”Rovaniemi” to one of the aircrafts. More than 28,000 excited British holidaymakers will make their way from six different regional airports to the most Christmassy place on earth, Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We welcome you with open arms! #visitrovaniemi #lapland #TUIUK #collaboration #finavia #visitfinland #lapland #travel #tourism #flight
@tuiuk, our long term Winter Holiday Partner and true Lapland Specialist, has given the name ”Rovaniemi” to one of the aircrafts. More than 28,000 excited British holidaymakers will make their way from six different regional airports to the most Christmassy place on earth, Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We welcome you with open arms! #visitrovaniemi #lapland #TUIUK #collaboration #finavia #visitfinland #lapland #travel #tourism #flight
@tuiuk, our long term Winter Holiday Partner and true Lapland Specialist, has given the name ”Rovaniemi” to one of the aircrafts. More than 28,000 excited British holidaymakers will make their way from six different regional airports to the most Christmassy place on earth, Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus. We welcome you with open arms! #visitrovaniemi #lapland #TUIUK #collaboration #finavia #visitfinland #lapland #travel #tourism #flight
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