Unlike many cultures, due to the dramatic change of weather from winter to summer, the Sami people believed in eight seasons that spanned a year.
The Arctic's Eight Seasons
The Season of Awakening, 28 February – 29 April 3: As the days begin to lengthen, visitors still have the opportunity to see and photograph the Northern Lights, however with the days lengthening and the nights shortening, daytime activities such dogsledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing can become important to consider. Add to this the longer days, and the heart of the ski season and your range of Arctic activities widens a little further.
The Season of Returning, 30 April – 19 June 3: With the warming weather and receding snows brings the start of summer seasons and hiking, cycling, golf, fishing, white water rafting and summer photography activities. As the days get longer some areas of Lapland will start to experience the Midnight Sun where the sun remains in the sky for the entire day.
The Season of Growing, 20 June – 10 July: With the sun reaching its highest point in the Arctic sky beings a flourish of growth with wild flowers and berries covering the mountains and wilderness across Lapland. Summer Arctic activities are now in full swing with the wilderness dotted with visitors walking, cycling, fishing; local golf courses being enjoyed; and the waterways being enjoyed by those kayaking and white water rafting.
The Season of Contemplation, 11 July – 28 August: The warmth of the summer sun is now in full swing with July traditionally the warmest month of the year across the region. More summer Arctic activities are popular by those looking for unspoilt wilderness for hiking, cycling and other Arctic outdoor activities. Events such as the Bjorkliden Mountain Marathon also make an appearance in August.
The Season of Harvesting 29 August – 9 October 3: With reindeer showing off their full antlers and wild berries, herbs and mushrooms abundant for foraging – early autumn sees the long warm days of summer gradually shorten in preparation for winter. The darkening skies see the return of Northern Lights activities with the season’s first Aurora Photography activities, however the snow is just arriving – so no dogsledding or snowmobiling yet.
The Season of Desire, 10 October – 20 November 3: The shortening days bring both longer nights with the wilderness awash with golden autumnal colours – perfect for photographers and enjoyed by late season hikers. Longer and darker nights bring an increasing chance of experiencing the Northern Lights and with snow building up throughout October the first dogsledding and snowmobilingactivities begin to open for guests in November.
The Season of a Journey, 21 November – 29 January 3: The sun entirely disappears with the warm glow of the sun illuminating Lapland a magical glow, and giving Northern Lights hunters long nights for spectacular Northern Lights Activities and Aurora Photography activities in the night, and snow based activities in the summer.