The seasons of Lapland are in stark contrast to each other with winter being the most noticeable simply because it lasts so long, over 200 days. Winter is also the time when there is the twilight period where there is no real daylight and the sun stays firmly and stubbornly behind the horizon, the twilight period lasts for a couple of months.
The winter begins to move aside for spring in late April as the snow beautifully glistens off the snow. The birds begin to sing and the buds on the trees make their reluctant appearance. The snow will gradually start to melt, so slowly that at first you won’t really notice. Skiing and winter sports are still continuing and the snow is reluctant to budge. It isn’t unusual for it to gently snow in spring but with the warmer temperatures and the sun making regular appearances, the snow begins to melt once more. Sometimes backwinter can occur meaning there is a slight return to the freezing temperatures, this can happen as late as June when snow can fall.
Summer will eventually arrive in early June and Lapland will be transformed into a bright sunny wilderness where for a few weeks Lapland experiences 24 hour light, known as the midnight sun. The sun will stay firmly above the horizon which is in stark contrast to the twilight period in the winter months. The further North you travel, the longer the sun will stay above the horizon and in some parts of Lapland that can be for over two months. The warmest month of the summer in Lapland is July and the average temperatures are between 10-16 degrees. Lapland can and does have very warm summers but the average temperature of a typical Lapland summer is between 10-16 degrees. The snow has disappeared in the summer months and the frozen vast lakes and rivers are transformed into beautiful picturesque water ways which give way for fishing, canoeing and many other sports.
Ruska time in Lapland sees the vibrant colours of autumn, as the temperatures begin to drop; nature once again prepares Lapland for the long winter ahead. Ruska begins in the North of Lapland around the second week of September and this is the best time to see the beautiful spectra of Rusk time. Ruska time is also a great time to collect the wild berries and mushrooms up on the hillsides of Lapland.
The first snowfall in Lapland Can occur as early as late August although the first snows that stick will be around late October early November time. The days begin to grow shorter and the temperatures drop lower. The snowfall can and usually does reach depths of 60cm in some places and the snowfall puts people in mind of Christmas and winter sports. The coldest month in Lapland is February and this is when the twilight period ends and the days begin to grow longer once more. The return of the sun combined with the beautiful glistening snow allows room for all of the winter activities Lapland is famous for. The winter will continue however and the skiing in Lapland can go on until early May.