Lapland’s 8 seasons
Did you know that Lapland actually has 8 seasons? Each season has its own special features and nature changes its appearance and form from colorful to white. Do you love bright summer nights, frozen lakes, colorful autumn colors, wonderful nature, northern lights, a sky of millions of stars, snowy winter or peace and quiet?
At Ranua, you can experience all of these, no matter what time of year you are on the move.
At the beginning of summer, the light takes over, and the sun no longer sets. The nightless night enchants with its brightness and you can enjoy nature and be outside even all night long. A boat trip on a calm lake, a hike in the nature or a nighttime swim feel completely different when done at night.
On the other hand, the luxury of the end of summer is served by the orange cloudberry swamps, calm weather and wonderful sunsets. The shades of summer green change little by little, and the orange of the cloudberry swamps spreads to the leaves of the trees when the fall season arrives.
September’s colorful fall season is the most wonderful play of colors that everyone should experience. The trees glow yellow, orange and red and the landscape changes its shape again before the arrival of winter.
The first snow often falls in Lapland already in late autumn, although permanent snow often arrives later. The temperatures are still moderate, so you can still enjoy the sunshine and small frosts. The northern lights begin to appear in the sky. Everyone should see the northern lights at least once in their life! Thanks to its location, Ranua offers the best setting for this. Northern lights typically glow in shades of green, but there are also purple ones.
December brings winter darkness and more aurora borealis. Arctic natural light phenomena color the sky when it is otherwise dark. When the permanent snow comes, you can enjoy winter activities; skiing, snowmobiling, husky safari, reindeer ride or even snowshoeing. Christmas time in Lapland is full of atmosphere and, according to many, the best time. Christmas carols, Santa Claus with his elves and reindeer is an experience for the whole family.
In January-February, the frost hits and the winter landscapes reach their full glory. Snow-covered trees and a clear sky make the landscape magically beautiful.
Spring pampers the outdoorsman, when the sun shines and the spring breezes enable various winter activities.
In May, nature wakes up from winter and the ice and snow begin to melt quickly. Little by little, the trees and bushes start to turn green, the days get longer and the birds are chirping again.