Missed out a Lapland trip? Don’t worry we have good news!
We are receiving many messages daily by fans of Lapland and who had to cancel their trip to magical Rovaniemi due to outbreak of Covid – 19. We truly feel for you and we wanted to let you all know we are here waiting for you, we miss you, and we wanted to share the best tips when dreaming of Lapland. Take this time to adjust your mind into thinking more sustainably, what Lapland Rovaniemi has to offer all year round. When we get through this together, and we will, you will be ready to choose from a variety of Lapland wonders waiting for you. Does Rovaniemi have truly snowy winters? Yes totally! Does Lapland bathe in the Northern Lights from August until April? Yes, every year! But there is so much more to Lapland yet undiscovered, we have four seasons, actually eight to be exact, yet you have only heard of one am I right? We wrote the best tips when dreaming of Lapland out in the form of FAQ to help your dreaming even more:
What is the magical Midnight Sun and summer like in Lapland?
Imagine a night with a sunset that lasts all night long, ending to a break of dawn, unbelievable isn´t it! Well in Rovaniemi, the Midnight Sun shines from early June until early July, and nights are white from late May until early August. Here the locals enjoy Lapland´s beautiful nature and hike a lot and spend nights outdoors during the summer. Arctic cool summers draw local people to the arctic waters, canoeing and kayaking, swimming after a hot sauna and just chilling on the river deltas. Why sleep, when the sun doesn´t either, the restaurant offering of Rovaniemi is one of the gems in Lapland. The temperatures of Lapland summers vary between 15°C to 25°C.
When can I experience the Colourful Autumn “Ruska” and the first Northern Lights in Lapland?
When summer starts to turn into autumn and the nights get colder, the nature starts to prepare for winter. Autumn in Rovaniemi is the season of harvesting nature’s crops like berries and mushrooms. Nights start to get darker in mid-August, and that is when the magical Northern Lights season begins. When we reach September, a colourful display “Ruska” takes place and the leaves turn various shades of yellow, orange and red tones, truly an incredible natures display. Typical temperature of Lapland autumn is between 5°C to 20°C
When will the winter begin in Lapland?
When the night-time temperatures drop below zero, it is time for the period of first Snowfall and beginning of snow and ice here in Lapland. This natures display takes place in October, sometimes even in late September, and mornings are covered by white frost, it is now time to build your first snowmen. Kids and even adults rush outdoors to roll in new snow. Here in Rovaniemi the stored snow helps to open the first cross-country skiing tracks. Permanent snow usually in Lapland Rovaniemi falls in late November and the temperatures vary between -15°C to 5°C. Snow and Christmas lights brighten the city and Rovaniemi’s most famous citizen, Santa Claus, is very busy during this season in Christmas preparations.
What is the Polar Night “Kaamos” like in Lapland?
By December, the darkness of the Polar Night, in Finnish language Kaamos, descends upon Rovaniemi. Polar Night is the period when the sun does not rise above the horizon due to Earths slight tilt on its own axis. Most people think Polar Night is just cold and dark, but it is actually filled with mystical lights of long sunsets, blue moments and Northern Lights. Polar Night in lapland is the magical time of night-time photography, star gazing, campfires and candles. The shortest day of the year in Rovaniemi is December 21st or 22nd and because Rovaniemi is located right on the Arctic Circle. This is also usually the time of heavy snow on trees and the forests turn into magical winter wonderland for the locals to roam. The mystical lights of Polar Night are amplified by the frost that shimmers on snowdrifts.
When is the snowiest time in Lapland?
Super snowy and frosty winter season takes place in January-February and is also known as the heart of winter or the midwinter. This is a period with only few hours of daylight and this mysterious phenomena, whit its pastel tones is loved by photographers. usually the temperatures of the snowiest season vary between -25°C to -15°C. Sun appears and snow sparkles towards the end of February while the daylight increases. This is the best time of the winter to many locals because it is snowy, filled with light and the temperatures are at their best for outdoor activities. Wouldn´t you just love to explore Lapland during this period? There are so many reasons to visit Rovaniemi after December! The temperatures also get milder varying between -15°C to 5°C.What is spring like in Lapland?
What is spring like in Lapland?
When ice breaks and snow melts, nature begins the rebirth process. Solid frost of the long winter starts to give in to the warming weathers of spring. The ice on the rivers Ounasjoki and Kemijoki start to melt, creating a serenade of crackling ice to the river valley and gliding ice rafts towards downstream in April-May. This time is the rebirth of arctic nature and plants show signs of life again after a long cold snowy winter. The reindeer and husky farms have happy offspring news and the days get increasingly longer and it is finally time to roam the woods. Temperatures are rising towards summer and spring temperatures vary between 5°C to 15°C.
When can I visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi and is Santa Claus Village open during the summer?
Ever imagined spending Christmas during a summer holiday? Well in Rovaniemi you can for we have everything set for Christmas all year round. Rovaniemi is special, an authentic city where new stories are born every day and the magic of Christmas can be experienced all year round. So no matter when you visit Rovaniemi, Santa Claus and his Elves will be here.
Rovaniemi is proud to be the Official Hometown of Santa Claus®, and Santa Claus can be visited in his own Village every day of the year, right here on the Arctic Circle.