August brought us darkening evenings and the first glimpse of the Northern Lights. Now in early September we are enjoying the “ruska” period, the autumn foliage, which paints our nature in a feast of colors. And before we know it, winter will settle in again here in Kilpisjärvi.
Our region enjoys the privilege of having the longest winter in Finland – and the most frequently appearing Aurora Borealis. Furthermore, we are still a rather unknown and therefore peaceful destination so chances are that you do not need to mingle in large crowds when you choose Kilpisjärvi for your winter holiday.
And what can you do here in winter? Check out the Visit Kilpisjärvi Guided Winter Experiences for snow fun with Siberian huskies, snowshoes, snowmobiles, ice fishing and more. You can send us a booking request or buy your choice of experiences in our webshop.
We love summer and we love autumn – and so do our Siberian huskies. Three of them – Talvikki, Tuisku and Pyry – are featured in these two Instagram posts. You can meet our huskies on a hike now in autumn or on a sled ride in winter. Check out our summer & autumn programs and winter programs for more info!
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.