One of our eight seasons – that’s right, eight, not four – is late summer. In Finnish we call it “syyskesä” which literally translates to autumnal summer. Days are getting short and evenings turn dark. The first northern lights appear already in August. Daytime weather is cool and at night the air can be chilly, even frosty. It’s blueberry harvest season – this super food of the Finnish nature is now ripe to be picked. Reindeer – Lapland’s native animal – can be seen roaming around the village. The “ruska season” is starting to paint the nature in a feast of autumn colors, and by late September winter will be on its way.
This is a perfect time to visit Kilpisjärvi and enjoy the great outdoors: Conquer the iconic Saana Fell, trek to the Three-Country Cairn, go on a guided fishing trip or biking tour and hike with Siberian huskies in our peaceful, pure nature. . .
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.
Autumn colors near Saana Fell
Trekking in Malla Nature Reserve
Kitsi Water Fall in Malla Nature Reserve is a legendary sight
View from the summit of Salmivaara Hill which is an easy trek from the heart of the village
Autumn is slowly turning to winter here in the arctic. We’ve had a gorgeous “Ruska”, the time of autumn colors, when nature celebrates the end of summer and starts preparing for the snow season. The season for Aurora Borelias is here again – it starts already in August when the nights get dark. The first snow paid us a brief visit some time ago, only to disappear again – but permanent snow cover is expected by November.
If all goes according to plans, we launch the winter activities in the beginning of December. In the meantime, check out what Kilpisjärvi is like in the “off-season” in October and November – you might find this to be the perfect time to visit the Top of Lapland! Please send us an e-mail to laplandconnection(at)gmail.com or give us a call and we’ll help you plan your trip.