Weather in Lapland
The best time to arrive to Lapland depends on the style of vacation you are looking for - the seasons and weather in Lapland are constantly changing and each season is unique! The light, temperature, natural phenomena, and ideal activities for the traveler vary from season to season.
If you are used to four seasons a year, Lapis people enjoys eight different seasons!
The local laps think that the weather conditions in Lapland are constantly changing and therefore mark the eight seasons: mid-winter, snowy spring, spring, summer, harvest season, autumn leaf color, first snow and Christmas.
Winter begins in late November and lasts until early April. This is despite the fact that the first snow may appear long before. December and January are snowy months characterized by the darkness of Pole Night. It may sound like the night envelops the whole day but in practice during the few hours of the day, the sky is painted in special shades of deep blue and pink clouds. This is a special time to get to visit Lapland and see a day that is a night. The sun shines again in February and marks the beginning of the snowy spring full of light. In summer the Lapps enjoy 24 hours of light a day where the sun does not set at all. In the winter in Lapland, you enjoy a magical winter atmosphere and it is a great time for attractions in the snow and a warm local cultural experience.
Typical daytime temperatures:
• December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
• March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius
• April: -6 to 0 degrees Celsius.
May: 1 to 6 degrees Celsius.
June: 7 to 20 degrees Celsius.
• July: 10 to 25 degrees Celsius.
• August: 8 to 12.5 degrees Celsius.
• September: 3 to 7 degrees Celsius.
• October: -2 to 0 degrees Celsius.
• November: -6 to -9 degrees Celsius.
*** Information according to climatestotravel.com
Lapland - weather and climate
Lapland is in the continental climate zone. The winters are cold and rich in snow and the summer is relatively hot. Rovaniemi The capital of Lapland is part of the Arctic region; However, the weather in Rovaniemi is relatively balanced compared to the more northern areas of Lapland. Weather throughout the year is characterized by strong contrasts: dark vs. light and cold vs. hot.
Facts about the weather in Rovaniemi:
• The average annual temperature is 0 degrees.
• The amount of precipitation amounts to 535 mm per year.
• Half of the year there is snow on the ground. Usually from late November to mid-April or even early May.
• The coldest temperature recorded is -45.3 degrees Celsius.
• The warmest temperature recorded is + 30.6 degrees Celsius.
How to dress properly and enjoy the winter in Lapland!
The winter in Finland is cold, much colder than winters that most people are used to. But the cold is not a good enough reason to stay home. With the right attire and good planning, you can enjoy a magical and unforgettable winter experience.
Winters in Lapland can reach very extreme temperatures of even -30 degrees! It sounds scary and intimidating but with appropriate attire we guarantee you can enjoy once-in-a-lifetime activities outside as well.
The best recommendation is to use layered clothing. With the right outfit and strong thermal clothing, you will not believe that you are spending time outside at a temperature of -20 degrees. In most areas in Lapland the air is dry and there is not much wind, so people say that the temperature does not feel as cold as they imagined.
Still afraid? Remember that getting to Lapland is usually a once in a lifetime trip with unique activities and attractions that are nowhere to be found in the world! This snow kingdom is a spectacular sight to behold and of course not to forget the Northern Lights that appear in the sky.
Four steps to guaranteed enjoyment in the cold of Lapland
1. Wear thermal clothing on the body, over it another layer of T-shirt or a thin sweater of your choice and a pair of warm / thermal socks.
2. If it's cold, -20 or below, wear an extra layer of wool, or recommend 100% wool with no warmer than that. Another pair of socks, preferably wool or thermal, to keep your feet warm.
3. Wear an extra layer of ski pants or pants with a thermal lining. A warm neck or scarf is also recommended. For those who really suffer from cold, you can put on another pair of socks before wearing the warm boots.
4. Finally, wear the warm overall or jacket, a warm hat, and thermal gloves.
* As part of the equipment rental, you will receive thermal overalls, boots, a pair of wool socks, gloves and a hat.
Link to a nice video that illustrates the shape of the dress:
Lapland clothing Tips:
• If you visit Lapland in the winter months, remember to dress warmly and in several layers! The outer layer should consist of an insulated outer garment designed to repel wind and frost.
• No need to worry if you do not have suitable equipment, we of course rent winter equipment that is suitable for extreme weather conditions and promise to keep you warm.
• Warm and strong shoes are important when it comes to hiking in Lapland, as well as thermal socks or thick wool socks. Wearing light gloves with thick, warm gloves on top will ensure that your hands are best protected from the cold. Always wear a warm wool hat, even if you are going for a short walk in the city. The temperature reaches heavy minus, and it is important to keep all parts of the body protected and warm to prevent chills or discomfort in the body. If you do not have suitable winter equipment, we will make sure to rent you the appropriate clothing and footwear.
• In summer the temperatures warm up and the sun heat is strong compared to other places in the world. The warmest months are usually June-early August. We also recommend coming in the summer with long pants and sleeved shirts, if you are planning nature walks there are a lot of mosquitoes in the woods, and long clothes are the best protection.