Winter in True Lapland spans six months of the year and as the season unfolds there are different reasons to experience a winter break deep inside the Arctic Circle. Here is our guide to the best times to enjoy your Arctic honeymoon.
This month marks the true beginning of an Arctic winter, with the first falls of virgin snow once more blanketing the landscape.
November also offers a value-for-money time to travel.
Local insight: November is the beginning of the best period each year to see the Northern Lights. This month, nature’s most spectacular phenomenon will once again return to light up the Arctic skies.
- You do not need to visit Santa to visit Lapland in December. However increased flights this month means you have a wide choice of departure airports to choose from. If your break takes in Christmas or New Year, special celebrations will be included to mark the occasions.
Now is the time to fully experience polar nights, with 22 hours of darkness and the sun never quite managing to rise above the horizon.
Local insight: The Sami farmers are hard at work this month corralling their reindeer herds to see them through the winter.
- With the harshest temperatures of winter now over, the days are becoming a little longer and the snow deeper underfoot.
If the weather is kind, you can experience polar blue skies amid the intense cold, while the northern lights still blaze frequently overhead.
Local insight: This is the month that Tromso stages its annual international film festival.
- This month sees the first traces of spring about the Arctic landscapes, although the snow remains deep and the days icy cold.
Local insight: Finland’s Sami national day also falls in this month.
- The deepest snows of the winter, combined with longer daylight hours and more moderate temperatures make March a wonderful month for an Arctic honeymoon.
Many people consider March to be the best month for spotting the Northern lights
This is the best month too for those who would like to try an overnight Arctic adventure, thanks to the long days and warmer temperatures.
Local insight: Each year in March a Sami festival is staged in nearby village of Hetta.
- This month sees spectacular sunrises and sunsets as warmth at last returns to the Arctic landscapes
Local insight: Finland’s national ice fishing completion in staged in Enontekio.