The Northern Lights
In Finland, nights are dark enough for Northern Lights viewing from late August to April. Seeing them requires clear skies and just a bit of luck. In Finnish Lapland, The Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year. The more traditional ways to go Aurora spotting are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobile and sled dog tours. If gazing at the dark sky in crispy winter air is not your thing, you can simply add comfort and admire the Northern Lights in Seaside Glass Villa or in Olokolo.
Autumnal Lapland is the best place in Finland for witnessing “ruska” – a short period when all the foliage turns into bright colors like red, yellow and orange. Seeing ruska makes looking at the already breath-taking landscape into an out-of-this-world experience. Best ruska-time is usually in mid-September, lasting around one week. Autumn leaf color occurs in all of the Finland but gets more vibrant the further north you go. We recommend hiking trips to Lapland in the autumn if you want to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon. The temperature is also ideal for hiking, usually around 10 degrees Celsius. Mountain biking, canoeing and fishing are staples of the season, too. Berries are still good to eat off the ground.
Northernmost Finland is above the Arctic Circle, so the sun does not rise for a month or more during the winter. It’s not completely dark – there are a few hours of twilight around noon. This polar night is called ‘kaamos’ in Finnish. Kaamos doesn't reach Sea Lapland, there's few hours of day light around noon. The Finnish winter lasts half the year, so Finns have thought of plenty of activities to fill the time. You can go downhill or cross-country skiing, go on a dogsled or snowmobile safari, or even indulge in some ice-skating or ice-fishing.
Days are already longer when the spring is coming in March. You'll need sun glasses because of the bright white snow. You can still do all the winter activities but it's not that cold anymore. Snow starts to melt in April and you can even see some tulips rising from the snow. In May you can admire the changing season when the ice melts away from the rivers with the powerful sound of the river flow.
Although the Midnight Sun only shines above the Arctic Circle, nights are white all over the country. Late at night, the sun briefly dips beyond the horizon before rising again, blurring the boundaries between fading night and dawning day.
In the northernmost parts of Finnish Lapland, the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 consecutive days. Below the Arctic Circle, the sun pops below the horizon for a few hours at night. This is not to say it gets dark – white nights are a fact throughout the country, and even Helsinki on the southern coast has virtual daylight around the clock.
Source: Visit Finland