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6 Reasons to Travel to Lapland in Autumn

We’ve compiled six reasons to visit Rovaniemi in Autumn, as it’s arguably one of Lapland’s most beautiful seasons. Although we love all seasons here in Rovaniemi, after the Midnight Sun, we happily welcome the dark nights again. The cool autumn nights are filled with lights of their own; stars, the moon, and the Northern Lights. On the other hand, days are still sunny and warm, perfect for activities.

1. The Northern Lights are Best Seen in Autumn in Lapland

Autumn in Lapland is one of the best times to catch the Northern Lights dancing in the sky. Due to the earth’s rotation, we are closer to the sun during the autumn and spring months. This creates optimal conditions for the Northern Lights. Just imagine a magical horse carriage ride under the shimmering auroras!

2. Ruska, Meaning Autumn Colours

In Finland, especially in Lapland, the word ruska is used to describe the autumn foliage. As the season unfolds, trees burst into vibrant hues of yellow, orange, and red. There’s a special allure to hiking amidst the ruska, perhaps explaining why locals cherish their time in nature during autumn.

Hop on the Apukka Shuttle Bus and explore the Arctic Circle Hiking Area amidst the enchanting autumn colors at your own pace. Alternatively, opt for an electrically assisted fatbike and venture into the wilderness to discover our marked trails.

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3. World’s Cleanest Air

Did you know that Finnish Lapland has the world’s cleanest air? The world’s cleanest air doesn’t only mean clean air but pure ingredients from nature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to savor these treasures by foraging for berries and mushrooms.

4. Morning Fog

Ahh, those mystical foggy mornings. In autumn, the days are still warm, but as nights get colder and colder, even frosty, the fog rises slowly during the night. Nothing is as calming as these mornings before the mist fades away and a sunny day begins.

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5. Autumn in Lapland is Peaceful

Autumn in Rovaniemi and Lapland is not only calming because of nature but because the most popular travelling season hasn’t started yet. Traveling to Lapland off-season means you can truly enjoy the peace and quiet that Lapland has to offer without the crowds. Start your visit by meeting reindeer and Santa Claus. Afterwards, relax in a wood-heated sauna and take a dip in a tranquil lake.

6. More Intimate Tours

As there are fewer tourists in Lapland during autumn, the group sizes tend to be smaller. Whether you want to enjoy a husky ride, hunt the Northern Lights, or experience the local life, you’ll get a personal touch on tours as the guide has more time just for you.