Travel Guide

Winter in Lapland

The Arctic is a magical mix of long nights and cold winters with snow covered wilderness and frozen lakes as far as the eye can see; to mild, if not warm, summers with babbling brooks, wild flowers and berries and the midnight sun. Both summer and winter in Lapland provides the perfect backdrop and conditions for a wide range of activities from whitewater rafting, hiking and fishing in the summer, to dog sledding, snowmobiling and Northern lights hunts in the winter. 

The winter climate in Lapland can vary dramatically depending on the time of year and where you are visiting. Areas around the coast like Tromso and Narvik in Norway, can be as much as 10 degrees warmer than other destinations inland, simply because of the ‘warming effect of the sea’.

Winter weather

In wintertime, from around November to April the landscape in Lapland is covered with snow. A normal winter on the east coast brings around 70-80 centimetres of snow and in the west and mountain regions it is not uncommon that snow levels reach as high as 100-130 centimetres. The record for the most amount of snow in the Lapland region exceeds 2 meters (around 80 inches).

That makes Lapland the perfect destination for snow-based activities like dog sledding in Tromso, snowmobiling in Kiruna or Ice fishing in Abisko.

It’s no wonder that many visitors from around the world choose Lapland as their destination for a snowy winter wonderland Arctic activity holiday.

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Winter Daylight

Above the Arctic circle the daylight changes a lot across the year, and in winter this means that there are times when the sun doesn’t even make it above the horizon. The further north you go, the longer the sun stays hidden.

One miss conception is that this means that means that the region is entirely plunged into darkness. This is the case if you go far enough north, however across Lapland you will still get the effects of daylight, however they can appear as a permanent warm pinkish glow of sunrise that then merges with the warm glow of sunset, all in one movement.

Days do shorten and by early afternoon dusk recedes into the dark skies of night, perfect for Aurora hunting activities in Lapland.

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