When life is conducted by nature, as in Lapland, one pays much closer attention to how the environment changes in time with the course of the year. The Samis – Europe’s only indigenous population – have therefore been dividing a year into eight seasons for centuries, when they were still nomads with the reindeer. It gives our life back so well in the far north that we don’t want to keep it from you:
Winter (30 January to 27 February)
Winter is still a real winter in Lapland! The temperatures are between -5 and -20 degrees. However, there can also be slips up and down. Snowflakes normally pile up to two or three meters high. The chances of northern lights are high. The sun is five to six hours above the horizon. Once the moon is in the sky, the trees cast shadows and you see millions of stars. The huskies have a lot of fun, especially when driving at night. However, you should not go on tour without a headlamp and a charged mobile phone.
Late winter (28 February to 29 April)
From the middle of March the days will be longer than in Germany. The light comes with a mighty power and awakens nature. It is not so cold any more, during the day mostly only just under 0 degrees, and often stable high pressure areas reign for a long time. Sunscreen and sunglasses are the order of the day when skiing! The ice on the lake and the snow cover are still over a meter thick: the best time for ice-fishing and fantastic possibilities to be on the way in the taiga and in the mountains with tent and dog sledge! For us it is the most beautiful time of winter that we would like to capture…
Spring (30 April to 19 June)
Now the days and nights are bright, the plates of ice on the “Älven” dissolve with a numbing roar, the lively bubbling watercourses tickle the earth and lure the green to return. The first colourful flowers look out of the ground in June. Fascinating how quickly the snow masses of winter dissolve. It can be over 25 degrees, but there can also be night frost. Usually the weather is only inhospitable on a few days in May (German April) – with storm and rain. The reindeer calves are born and the chances of encountering moose on the road are particularly high. Because the moose cows now drive away their yearlings to have strength for the new calves. And the “half-strong” are now stalking the world in quite an irritated way.
Early summer (20 June to 10 July)
The earth is dressed in strong green, catching up with giant steps everything it has missed compared to Central Europe in spring. In Sweden it’s summer holidays: All camping sites are open, motorhomes dominate the streets. The temperatures are between 10 and 30 degrees. It can be wonderfully dry and warm, but there can also be storms and rain (which has the advantage that there are fewer mosquitoes). But since it is still bright for 24 hours, there is a big time window for activities: canoeing, hiking, swimming or running can also be done at midnight!
Summer (11 July to 28 August)
It is this unique atmosphere of the bright Nordic summer that invites you to travel. Open-air museums and cultural sites are full of life and await visitors. The domestic railway is in season. And it is the time for hiking, trekking and lingering in the magnificent nature. The huts along the marked hiking trails on Kungsleden are open. Also in the mountains the snow of winter should have disappeared by now. At the end of July, cloudberries – the most expensive berries in the world – ripen in the forests. There are plenty of blueberries and mushrooms. You still have to be quick with collecting, because you compete with reindeer and bears: they now eat both in masses to eat themselves winter bacon. In mid-August, when the nights are only about 10 degrees fresh, it becomes too cold for the mosquitoes, and the husky companies start their first training trips.
Late summer (28 August to 9 October)
If you travel to Lapland in August, you will find nature on the threshold from summer to autumn. The weather conditions are usually very stable, it is pleasantly warm and dry with about 20 degrees, and there are hardly any insects left. Indian Summer enchants the country with glowing yellow and red. Rivers and streams often carry little water. The nights are already dark, so it is possible to see the northern lights dancing. The high season for tourists is coming to an end, so those who are looking for solitude will now get their money’s worth – be it hiking in the mountains or climbing, cycling or jogging. But it can also get quite fresh, the day and night temperatures differ greatly. At night you have to reckon with frost, which makes the sled dogs impatient: They would rather pull the sled than the heavy training quad! For the Swedes, moose hunting begins at the beginning of September.
Autumn – (October 10th to November 20th)
The frost announces its presence, the enchanting scenery of the glowing tundra and birch forests is covered by the white snow. Temperatures remain below the frost line even during the day.
The Sami reindeer are now being brought to the coast because they find more food there. By mid-November at the latest, the thousands of lakes in Lapland will be frozen over and will wear a thick white coat. The dog sleds, skis and snowmobiles are made ready for take-off. The light of the setting sun is often unreally beautiful when the clouds are illuminated from below. For the polar dogs the best time of the year begins. With deafening noise they urge not to be forgotten when tensing.
Early winter (21 November to 29 January)
The season of the late risers begins: On the shortest day, the winter solstice on 21 December, the sun is still 4 hours above the horizon. During this time, the people of Lapland pack all their energy, stand on a dog sled, ski or drive a snowmobile. Even the weeks before Christmas are a winter fairy tale time, as they are known from stories of the past. Temperatures can drop by 0 degrees, but also to -30 degrees. The snow cover grows almost daily and brings an incredible amount of light into the days.