We have unique seasons in Lapland
At spring nature awakens, the sun is showing its power and light is coming back, snow and ice is melting and new life is born everywhere. If you are lucky you may witness the wild power of the ice run, when river ice is breaking apart and running downstream in the spring. Or you can find a brave little flower surrounded by melting snow, trying to face towards the sun.
At summer there is midnight sun and nature is green and flourishing. The air pure and it is easy to breath. Light summer rain makes nature fresh and odorous. Berries and mushrooms and all the herbs and plants are growing, birds are nesting and there is life everywhere. At sunny summer day by Ounasjoki River, when water is glimmering and there is no hurry, you can be but happy.
At autumn, nature shows all the beautiful colors and forest give us harvest, when berries and mushrooms are ripe. The nights are getting darker so there is also opportunity to see the Auroras.
At winter there is snow, dark sky full of stars and the Northern lights. Days full of fun playing in the snow or just admiring the beauty of winter forest and the frozen Ounasjoki river. There is something magical to walk in to the dark winter forest in the light of lantern.
Northern nature is powerful, pure, wild and full of beauty. We have four unique seasons, with their own special character. I like them all – Papa Fox –
I love the forest after summer rain. All shades of green, the freshness and the pure scent of the forest
– Mama Fox –
Some says that there is eight seasons in Lapland because the weather is constantly changing. This is true also in Rovaniemi
The beginning of the winter
The first snowfall takes place usually in October and the permanent snow covers landscape usually in late November or beginning of November. The Sunlight is very limited and especially if there is no snow it is very dark. So it is great time to see Northern lights! The temperature is typically between -5 0C and +5 0C.
The Christmas month is the darkest time of the year considered by the time the Sun is up (or is not ). It is the Kaamos time. Temperature is typically between -15 0C and -5 0C.
The Hart of the winter
The Midwinter take place from January to February. Day is short in January. There is only few hours of daylight. In February days are getting longer and daylight is increasing so at the end of February you may enjoy winter sun on glimmering snow. This is usually the coldest time of the year. Temperature is typically between -25 0C and -15 0C.
At Spring winter the Sun is coming back and daylight is increasing dramatically. There is usually lot of snow and this is the best time for cross country skiing and ice fishing or just having fun outdoors. Spring winter starts in end of February and it last until the end of April when the snow starts to melt away. The temperature is typically between -15 0C and 5 0C.
Spring is a powerful season in Lapland. The snow is melting and nature is awakening. New life is born everywhere, plants are showing signs of life again. The river ice starts to melt and if you are lucky you may witness the ice run, when river ice is breaking apart and running downstream in the spring. This usually happens in April-May. The temperature is typically between 5 0C and 15 0C.
The nights of Rovaniemi area are white from late May until early August, but the actual Midnight Sun shines from early June until early July. There is lot of daylight for outdoor activities. The warmest time, when temperature could reach 25 degrees, is usually between mid-June and mid-August. In July berries and mushrooms are ripen and nature is green and flourishing.
The temperature is typically between 15 0C and 25 0C.
August is the harvesting season of nature’s crops. The berries and mushrooms are ripe and ready to pick. This is the time when nights are getting darker and you may have a change to see the Northern Lights. Temperature is typically between 10 0C and 20 0C.
Autumn and the Ruska
At September there nature shows all the shades of yellow, red and orange, when it is the Ruska time. The leaves turns to beautiful colors painting the trees and ground to a colorful shades. The first touch of winter is in the air.
Temperature is typically between 5 0C and 15 0C.