Northern Lights Village is open from last week of August to last week of April. That covers three different seasons, and the Northern Lights can be seen in all.
WINTER Main travelling season in Lapland is winter, from mid-November to February, peaking at Christmas season. Arctic winter offers lot to experience and the polar night (in Saariselkä 4.12. – 8.1.) colors of pink and blue are mesmerizing. Be sure to book your stay and flights early enough if you are planning a winter trip as they tend to be sold out for busiest weeks. Coldest months, December and January have average temperature of – 15c. Saariselkä is situated on an elevated location in the fells and because of that the temperatures are higher than in lower altitudes in the same region.
According to the statistics published by the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the average starting date of permanent snow cover ranges between October 27th and November 6th, whereas the average ending date of permanent snow cover ranges between May 10th and May 20th.
SPRING As days grow longer in February, the temperatures start slowly to rise. More light for daytime activities – the best time for ice fishing, downhill skiing and other snow sports. Snow and ice can stay even until June, but spring season in Northern Lights Village ends in April. In May there is already too much light for the Aurora Borealis to be seen.
AUTUMN The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Inari region as early as August, as soon as the nights get dark after polar summer. Before the temperatures drop to below zero degrees, the Northern Lights reflect from the ice-free lakes and rivers. This creates especially magnificent sights and great photo opportunities. Northern Lights Village offers variety of Autumn Activities, including Aurora hunts, husky rides, trekking trips and other activities from mid-August to mid-November. In Autumn there might not be snow yet, but bright autumn colors and milder weather make up for it.
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