Snow in Lapland
People are relieved when the snow comes in winter since it reflects light and for that reason it is not that dark anymore compared to the end of autumn or beginning of winter. Also, it is easier to see the people in black or dark clothes against the white snow. In Lapland we can have snow until the beginning of summer, but luckily only small amounts.
The most beautiful moments of winter are those moments when it is really cold, about -30 degrees and everything is frozen and white. You don’t care about the cold anymore because the view is so beautiful.
Some of the sport activities I enjoy require snow such as snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Driving a snowmobile and driving a racecar on an ice road are also fun activities to do in winter. There a plenty of snowmobile safaris organized in Lapland during the winter season.
Differents seasons in Lapland
In Finland we have four seasons that differ from each other. In winter we have a lot of snow and it’s cold, in spring the snow starts to melt and nature wakes up, in summer it is warm and nature is really green and in autumn it gets colder again and the leaves change their color.
In Lapland the seasons differ so much that we actually have eight seasons; in addition to winter, spring, summer and autumn we also have spring-winter, summer-spring, autumn-summer and winter-autumn. For example spring-winter is the time of spring when it is starting to get warmer and sunnier, yet there is still lots of snow and the nights are cold.
An example from Lower Austria: there you couldn’t really separate autumn and winter. I went there in September and it was still really warm. The weather got colder sometime in October and then it was just a really long autumn till the end of January. On one day it was +16 degrees and for only a few days there was some snow. For a Finn and specially a Lappish person it felt weird; winter without snow is not winter. Snow is the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about winter.
Ruska: The lappish autumn
Ruska is a phenomenon in autumn when leaves change their color from green to different shades of red, yellow, orange or brown. Ruska is the best time to go hiking in Lapland; nature is unbelievably beautiful with all of these colors. Also the weather isn’t yet too cold or hot. Ruska phenomenon lasts around three weeks.
Sun doesn’t go down in the summer
Above the Arctic Circle the sun doesn’t go down in the summer. It doesn’t mean that we have sunshine at night; it means that it is light also during the night. During midsummer the day is at its longest and the sun doesn’t go down at all. After the dark winter the bright summer is more than welcome.
I have lived my whole life in Lapland and lightness is a strong part of summer. For me it is natural that when you are out at two o’clock at night it is still light. This might be the reason people have a habit of staying up all night in the summer.
Santa lives here!
Last but not least! Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus. Santa and the elves are so kind that you can also go visit them at Santa Park or at Santa Claus Village! You can personally meet Santa and play with the elves. Isn’t that every kid’s (and adult’s) dream? Here in Rovaniemi we have Christmas all year around. Even in summer!