When Late Spring Meets Early Summer in the Arctic
The season of the Midnight Sun – the period in summer when the sun does not dip below horizon – is here again! The sun rose on May 20 and will set on July 24. And what does this season of the nightless nights mean to us, who live permanently here in the Arctic?
Well, first of all, it means reduced electricity consumption! We can read a book in the middle of the night, with no need to switch on the light. We can go boating, fishing and hiking at any time of the day or night. We spend a lot less time indoors in summer – and occasionally end up suffering of lack of sleep, because it’s just so much fun staying up and outdoors. It’s a magical time of the year – and if you haven’t experienced the Midnight Sun, do add it to your bucket list!
This video clip is from Tsahkal Waterfall, which is within a short walk from the village, taken on the last day of May.
The snow on the tundra is melting and the rivers are now flooding, yet the big lake, Lake Kilpisjärvi, is still frozen. It normally thaws by the middle of June, and that’s when the arctic birches will turn green and summer officially begins.
When you visit Kilpisjärvi in summer or autumn you can choose from a variety of guided excursions. Take a look at our Guided Summer & Autumn Experiences as well as our favorite day trips which you can do independently or in the company of a local guide. Don’t forget that Norway with its magnificent fjords is next door – so you can easily combine two countries in one during your summer holiday. The sights of the Lyngenfjord area, such as the famous Arctic Distillery, is within a day trip from Kilpisjärvi.
P.S. It’s not too early to start planning for your Arctic Winter Holiday! Our web shop for Visit Kilpisjärvi Guided Winter Experiences is now open.