It snowed yesterday here in Kilpisjärvi! An occasional snow flurry in summer is a not so unusual in the Arctic – but for the holiday maker who comes here unprepared it can come as a suprise. It’s good to know that the average daytime temperature in July – which is the warmest month of the year – is +11 C (52 F). Our cool temperatures are perfect for hiking and enjoying our magnificent nature! Bear in mind: “There’s no such a thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!”
A propos hiking – how would you like to join our Siberian huskies for a scenic hike in the vicinity of our village? Or conquer Mt. Saana and hike to the Three-Country Cairn and across Malla Nature Reserve in the company of an experienced wilderness guide? Check out our guided summer activities and the best day trips in Kilpisjärvi.
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.
The month of March is half gone already! Believe it or not, we are speedily heading towards the nightless nights. . . But for another month and a half we continue with Snow Time!
So far this winter we’ve been quite busy, with guests from all corners of the globe: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, all across Europe, the Middle East, Russia, South Africa, the United States. . . It’s been fun to meet people from so many different countries and cultures who have one thing in common: they arrive in Kilpisjärvi to enjoy our fantastic winter!
Winter is now turning to spring here in Kilpisjärvi and that means that our days are long and filled with light, and the cold spells – when the temperature kept hovering around – 30 C / – 22 F – are mostly behind us. Not that the cold weather kept us and our visitors from enjoying the outdoors. The saying goes that there’s no such a thing as bad and cold weather – only unsuitable clothing.
The spring days are perfect for conquering Mt. Halti – the highest peak of Finland, and the height of the season for these trips is in April and early May. Lots of cross-country skiers are expected to arrive in Kilpisjärvi to enjoy the sun-filled days on the tundra – and the easiest way to get amidst the most stunning landscapes is to book a snowmobile sledge transfer from us and ski back to the village.
Our holiday season and winter programs for 2019 – 2020 will be published soon on this website. Meanwhile, feel free to contact us by e-mail laplandconnection(at)gmail.com with your questions. And – it’s still not too late to book your Snow Time for this winter – we are at your service!
The period called the Polar Night enters Kilpisjärvi at the end of November and leaves again in the middle of January. During this time, which we in Finnish call “kaamos”, the sun does not rise above the horizon. The midday hours are wrapped in soft hues of blue light and the sky line is often blazing with various shades of orange. If you haven’t experienced the Polar Night, add it on your bucket list and start planning a trip to Kilpisjärvi next December!