Before we start praising our wonderful summer – which is just starting here in Kilpisjärvi – it’s time for the good news about next winter: Safaris & Tours for winter 2018-2019 are now published on our website and we are ready to accept bookings.
It’s early summer here (if you’re well versed in the seasonal changes of the arctic region of Kilpisjärvi, you know that we have eight seasons rather than four and that the real summer does not start until later in June), with daytime temperature between + 5 C and + 10 C (in the 40’s Fahrenheit). Next week we launch our summer programs: fishing (for your dinner!), river rafting (in Finland and in Sweden, during the same trip), terrain biking (by the Finnish-Norwegian border), hiking with our Siberian huskies, and exploring nature in our magnificent “fell country”.
The midnight sun keeps us company until July 24. After the sun sets the evenings start turning dark really fast, so by the end of August we usually have our first sightings of Aurora Borealis. And then, in the first part of September, it’s time for the autumn colors, nature’s grand festival before starting to prepare for winter. Our short and sweet summer should be on your bucket list!
Lake Kilpisjärvi and Saana
At the entrance to Malla Nature Reserve
View from the summit of Salmivaara
No doubt about it – winter has arrived in Kilpisjärvi! Thanks to our northern high-altitude location we get to enjoy winter earlier than most places in Lapland, and by now the ground is covered by a 20-cm blanket of snow and the temperature stays below 0 degrees Celsius. Lake Kilpisjärvi is in the process of forming its permanent solid ice cover, and we expect to launch the winter season on schedule in the beginning of December , if not earlier. Check out our our winter activities and book your holiday to Lapland’s winter wonderland!
Meanwhile we observe the signs of winter’s arrival on Autumn Nature Trail, we get acquainted with the history and culture of our village on a walking tour and chaise the Northern Lights which statistically appear in Kilpisjärvi more often than anywhere else in Lapland – welcome to Discover Kilpisjärvi Off-Season!
Assistant guide, Husky Sulo, on Autumn Nature Trail.
Trekking on Autumn Nature Trail. This 3-hour tour is offered during the Kilpisjärvi Off-Season Aurora In-Season program in October and November.
Picnic about to start on Autumn Nature Trail.
Aurora Borelias is a frequent visitor in Kilpisjärvi. The Northern Lights are in season already in October and November.
The landscape in October and November offers fantastic photo opportunities.