From Endless Summer Days to Autumn Aurora: Lapland’s Seasonal Adventures

Finnish Lapland, renowned for its wintery allure and Northern Lights, transforms into a vibrant haven of natural beauty and adventure during the summer and autumn months. Under the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun and with the opportunity to witness the Northern Lights as early as late August, this region offers a unique and diverse range of activities for visitors.

Ylläs: A Mountain Biking Paradise

Ylläs is a dream come true for mountain biking enthusiasts. The Ylläs Bike Park provides a thrilling adventure for bikers of all levels, featuring exciting trails and challenging courses. Additionally, nearby Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park offers trails of varying difficulty levels, winding through the terrain and providing exhilarating journeys for cyclists of all skill levels. From leisurely scenic routes to challenging forest trails, every biking path promises an adventure through breathtaking vistas. Moreover, the region’s waterways offer exciting opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and packrafting. After a day of outdoor fun, immerse yourself in a traditional Finnish sauna experience, followed by a refreshing dip in the serene lakes of Ylläs.

Muonio: Nature and Relaxation

Harriniva Hotels & Safaris in Muonio, nestled within Lapland’s untamed landscapes, operate the Torassieppi Eco Reindeer Resort, where visitors can enjoy fascinating reindeer farm visits. The Muonio area offers extensive hiking trails, perfect for exploring the natural beauty of the region. Arctic Sauna World, located in Jeris Lakeside Resort, features four themed saunas by the lake, inviting you to relax and enjoy the pristine waters and swim. Experience the wilderness with activities such as canoeing, hiking in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, and thrilling white-water rafting on the Tornion-Muonionjoki River in Harriniva Adventure Resort. Bond with huskies on a summer sled dog tour and encounter reindeer in their natural habitat.

Experience Lapland’s summer wonders with Jeris Lakeside Resort’s “Best of Lapland summer” package. Enjoy a week of activities like canoeing, hiking in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, and visiting the Arctic Sauna World. Or book the Autumn Aurora – 3 nights breakaway package in August and September. Witness the Northern Lights, encounter reindeer, and enjoy white water adventures.

Saariselkä: Endless Adventure

Saariselkä, surrounded by Urho Kekkonen National Park, beckons with its captivating beauty and a plethora of outdoor activities. Whether hiking, cycling, or paddling, the opportunities for exploration are endless. The region showcases the distinct eight seasons of Lapland, offering a unique experience for every visitor. From the Midnight Sun to the vibrant autumn colours, Saariselkä caters to every adventurer’s desires.

For accommodation, Santa’s Hotel Tunturi offers various options to suit every traveller’s needs. With direct access to nature from behind the hotel, guests of Santa’s Hotel Tunturi can embark on a myriad of outdoor adventures.

For those looking for cabin accommodation, ideal for groups, Kolmen Koukun cabins are atmospheric, spacious cabins in the centre of Saariselkä. Kolmen Koukun cabins offer customers easy and hassle-free accommodation in a central location.

Luosto: Arctic Wonders

Luosto is more than just a destination; it’s an invitation to explore the Arctic wilderness and Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Visit the famous Amethyst Mine or embark on guided excursions through enchanting forests and rugged terrain. The well-marked trails provide an excellent opportunity to discover the natural wonders of the region.

Enjoy the charm of traditional Finnish hospitality at Santa’s Villa Borealis, a traditional log cottage accommodating up to 18 people. This villa invites you to unwind amid peaceful forest surroundings while enjoying the convenience of hotel services. Amenities such as a jacuzzi, a wood-burning sauna, and an electric sauna cater well to larger groups. Alternatively, nestled within the stunning Pyhä-Luosto National Park, Santa’s Hotel Aurora offers a boutique-style retreat with hotel accommodations in a pristine wilderness setting.

Luosto Igloos

Kilpisjärvi: Solace and Adventure in Finnish Lapland

Located in a remote corner of Finnish Lapland, Kilpisjärvi awaits, a picturesque village overlooked by the towering Saana Fell. Here, surrounded by miles of treeless fell landscapes and the tranquil waters of Lake Kilpisjärvi, you’ll find solace and adventure in equal measure. At the heart of Kilpisjärvi lies Santa’s Hotel Rakka, a design hotel and haven for nature enthusiasts. Partnered with local activity providers, the hotel offers a gateway to the unique fell landscapes of Kilpisjärvi. Embark on day trips to Tromsø and the majestic fjords of Norway, enhancing your Kilpisjärvi experience.

Santa's Hotel Rakka
Kilpisjärvi Hotel Rakka

Kuusamo: Bear Watching Adventures

Kuusamo is the northernmost bear-watching destination in Finland, offering a wonderful opportunity to observe bears in their natural habitat. With Bear Kuusamo, you can experience the thrill of photographing these magnificent creatures up close, all while they roam freely in their natural environment. Perfect for those who cherish untouched natural habitats, Bear Kuusamo provides unforgettable bear-watching experiences led by professional guides. From custom-made wooden hides, you’ll have the chance to see Finland’s national animal, the mighty bear, in an authentic and intimate setting.

Levi: Arctic Adventures and Scenic Beauty

Located approximately 170 kilometres (about 105 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, Levi offers a diverse array of activities and experiences. Go on guided tours to spot local wildlife, including reindeer, moose, and various bird species. Visit local museums and cultural centres to learn about Sámi culture and traditions. Play a round of golf at Levi Golf, an 18-hole course set in beautiful natural surroundings.

Hotel Levi Panorama is a scenic hotel overlooking the Levi Fell Village, offering magnificent views that stretch out to the nearby fells of Pallas and Kätkä. The hotel provides golf packages, and with the Midnight Sun in summer, you can even play night golf! For cosy and atmospheric accommodation, K5 Villas are located in the Levi Fell Village, just a short walk from village services, ski slopes, and Kätkätunturi outdoor trails.

Hetta in Enontekiö – Unparalleled Location

Situated near four national parks, including the breathtaking Pallas-Ylläs National Park, Hetta offers unparalleled access to the stunning Finnish wilderness. Located in Hetta, Enontekiö on the shores of Lake Ounasjärvi, Hetan Kota offers a truly relaxing accommodation experience for all kinds of groups. Whether you’re seeking adventure or tranquillity, Hetta is the perfect backdrop for your Arctic getaway.

Hetan Kota offers several activity packages for an unforgettable experience. Visit a reindeer farm to feed the majestic creatures and try your hand at reindeer herding by throwing a “suopunki,” a traditional Lappish lasso. Explore nearby hiking trails suitable for all levels, or embark on exhilarating mountain biking adventures. Enjoy complimentary boat rentals for a leisurely paddle on Lake Ounasjärvi, or simply relax on the pristine shores.

Ranua: Nightless Nights and Autumn Colours

Ranua, located in Southern Lapland about an hour’s drive from Rovaniemi, is renowned as the cloudberry capital of Finland and is home to the famous Ranua Wildlife Park for Arctic animals. In Ranua, the nightless nights of summer allow for continuous outdoor activities such as boat trips, hiking, and nighttime swimming. As summer fades, the landscape transforms with the orange glow of cloudberry marshes and the vibrant colours of autumn foliage.

Ranua Wildlife Park is a highlight for visitors, offering an up-close look at a variety of Arctic animals in naturalistic settings. The park is home to over 50 species, including polar bears, lynx, and wolves. It provides an educational and exciting experience for all ages, showcasing the unique wildlife of the Arctic region.

Finnish Lapland in summer and autumn is a haven for those seeking adventure, tranquillity, and the mesmerising beauty of the Northern Lights. With a wide range of activities and breathtaking landscapes, this Arctic paradise promises an unforgettable experience.

Ranua Resort Wildlifepark