Best time to visit Finland

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Best time of year to visit Finland

The magic snowy period from December through March is the best time to visit Finland. Snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice-fishing, and snowshoeing are there for you. And December is the time to meet Santa in his village!
Summer in Finland is warm and it's the right time for hiking, boating, and wild berry picking. Beer floating takes place in July. But it is also much more crowded with significantly higher prices. And remember that after the summer is over, from September through March, you have a reasonable chance to witness the Northern Lights.

21 THINGS TO DO IN FINLAND (JANUARY 18 - JANUARY 27)

Reindeer Migration

Reindeer Migration

January–February • nature

By the end of Christmas season, thousands of Santa's helpers set off for the two-month long trip across the frozen plains

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

September–March • nature

Check out the amazing colourful aurora shimmering in the sky for a once in a lifetime experience

Stay in the Glass Igloo

Stay in the Glass Igloo

late August–April • activity

Experience one of the best night stays in a stunning glass igloo and enjoy the beauty of nature, especially the Northern Lights

Snow & Ice Architecture

Snow & Ice Architecture

November–March • activity

When winter lasts for so long, people make it a bit more exciting with the help of imagination. Come and marvel at creations of spectacular ice art!

Frost 'Flowers'

Frost 'Flowers'

November–February • nature

The most unusual "flowers" that "bloom" only in winter

Ice Diving

Ice Diving

late January–March • activity

A deep dive under the ice in cold, dark waters is an absolutely thrilling experience and not for the faint of heart!

Icebreaker Cruise and Ice Floating

Icebreaker Cruise and Ice Floating

December–April • activity

Take a cruise through the endless frozen sea on the icebreaker and try a dip in the frigid waters

Tykky in Riisitunturi National Park

Tykky in Riisitunturi National Park

January–April • nature

Enjoy the magical Finnish winter in the place from a fairytale with snowy spruces

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

December–April • activity

If you like snow and dogs and you are not afraid of frost, then this one is for you. Try out a one day or multi day adventure tour and enjoy traveling with some amazing huskies

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

December–mid-April • activity

Have fun and get where you are going fast! Driving a snowmobile can take you on an unforgettable snow adventure

Kaamos: the Polar Night

Kaamos: the Polar Night

December–January • nature

For most people it's quite hard to imagine a complete darkness for 24 hours a day. And then imagine that this period can last for several weeks, or even months

Kicksledding

Kicksledding

December–April • activity

A fun and easy way to move around and explore Finland's wildlife and nature

Thursday Meal Tradition

Thursday Meal Tradition

every Thursday • food

Try one of the most traditional dishes that can be found in every Finnish restaurant, every Thursday!

Ice Karting

Ice Karting

December–March • activity

Extreme and exciting, this fast and fun winter outdoor activity welcomes everyone

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–April • activity

Finland offers lots of various opportunities for skiers and borders with its amazing snowy scenery and neverending fun

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

December–April • activity

Enjoy peaceful skiing among Finland's silent white scenery

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

December–April • activity

Reach spectacular and untouched places and enjoy a winter fairytale during your snowshoeing walk

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

December–March • activity

Enjoy an ice climbing season that lasts for a few months

Snowkiting (Kiteskiing)

Snowkiting (Kiteskiing)

December–April • activity

Enjoy perfect snow and wind conditions for a great snowkiting getaway!

Burbot Soup

Burbot Soup

mid January–February • food

Love everything fresh and seasonal? This one's for you!

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

December–April • activity

If you are a fishing fan and want to try something new, come and enjoy ice fishing among Finland's vast peaceful scenery

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Wife Carrying World Championships

Wife Carrying World Championships

July 03–04, 2020 • event

Want to test your relationship? Couples from all over the world come to take part in this bizarre competition

Wild Berry Season

Wild Berry Season

June–October • food

This superfood is waiting for you in Finland. Some of the tastiest and most nutritious berries can be found here. Each has a specific spot and picking season so don't miss out!

Mobile Sauna Festival in Teuva

Mobile Sauna Festival in Teuva

July 25, 2020 • event

If you like extreme heat, take part in an incredible festival for sauna lovers

Restaurant Day

Restaurant Day

May 16, 2020 | August 15, 2020 • event

Enjoy the day when anyone can set up a restaurant

Christmas Season in Santa Claus Village

Christmas Season in Santa Claus Village

November 10 2019–January 15 2020 • event

Around the Arctic circle, deep in snowy Lapland a warmth and happiness await you in Santa's hut. Let your Christmas become even more magical!

Kaljakellunta or Beer Floating

Kaljakellunta or Beer Floating

August 03, 2019 • event

How about a weekend in a company of 5,000 beer-drinking floaters?

Helsinki Sauna Day

Helsinki Sauna Day

March 14, 2020 • event

Check out the unique possibility to visit some of the best private saunas in the city absolutely free of charge!

World Air Guitar Championship

World Air Guitar Championship

August 19–21, 2020 • event

One of the most unique and extravagant festivals to attend

Helsinki Festival

Helsinki Festival

August 20–September 06, 2020 • event

This unique annual celebration showcases unique art to everyone. It's the perfect time to open the art inside of you as well!

Hobbyhorse Championship

Hobbyhorse Championship

June 13, 2020 • event

Hobby-horsing is a new craze in Finland for young girls

Moomin World and Moomin Place

Moomin World and Moomin Place

June–August  • activity

A journey to the Moomins may bring lots of pleasant memories from childhood

World Village Festival

World Village Festival

May 23–24, 2020 • event

Check out this celebration of multiculturalism, tolerance, and cooperation. This festival is full of various performances, arts, exhibitions, and debates

Viking Market

Viking Market

July 23–25, 2020 • event

Come and see true Vikings: the way they lived, how they looked, or become a Viking yourself and take part in the battles and various competitions

Flying Squirrels

Flying Squirrels

May–early August • nature

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel? Consider yourself lucky if you manage to meet one in Estonian and Finnish forests

Juhannus (Midsummer)

Juhannus (Midsummer)

June 24 • event

This midsummer celebration in Nordic style has lots of traditions and secrets to be discovered

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter

April 05–12, 2020 • event

Rich in traditions, Finnish celebrations incorporate the visits of Easter witches, Passion plays, Easter fires, and seasonal treats

Kummakivi Balancing Rock

Kummakivi Balancing Rock

June–October • nature

If you think you have seen everything, prepare to be surprised! The world has lots of unbelievable and curious things to discover like this weird balancing stone

Flow Festival

Flow Festival

August 14–16, 2020 • event

This is a huge open air celebration of music of all kinds. Art installations and a unique list of performers draws crowds to enjoy the sounds of the Flow Festival!

Red Caviar Season

Red Caviar Season

October • food

Come to Finland and try the best!

Seal Safari

Seal Safari

May–August • nature

Meet some of the rarest seals in the world—Saimaa ringed seal—at the largest lake in Finland

Boating

Boating

May–October • activity

Finland's huge number of channels, lakes, and long coastline with thousands of islands offer some of the best boating around!

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–September  • nature

The great nature of Finland and its nothern location makes it home to lots of unique bird species

Elk Meat

Elk Meat

September–December • food

Taste something new from traditional Finnish cuisine

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

June–October • activity

Check out the beautiful nature and numerous waterways that welcome paddlers to enjoy long summer days in Finland

Hiking

Hiking

May–October • activity

Finland's diverse and unique nature welcomes everyone to explore its beauty

New Potato Obsession

New Potato Obsession

June–July • food

Come and enjoy this tasty and simple food that gives so much happiness to the locals

Kuusamo Folk Healers' Gathering

Kuusamo Folk Healers' Gathering

July 23–26, 2020 • event

A fun way to find out more about your own body, nature, and health

Finland Ice Marathon

Finland Ice Marathon

February 19–22, 2020 • event

The largest and most famous celebration of winter sports in Kuopio

Midnight Sun Swimrun

Midnight Sun Swimrun

June 27, 2020 • event

Have you ever experienced a midnight swim and run? Come and take part in the annual swim and run competition!

Rafting

Rafting

April–May • activity

Finland's overflooded rivers in spring provide extreme speed and offer lots of rafting challenges

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Finland weather in January

8.2/10 score
Excellent
-5° average
average temperatures
4 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
January is the windiest month in Finland. Real winter is all over the place, and snow carpet wraps fields and forests. South and southwest of the country tend to be warmer thanks to the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Drift Current, which moderate the climate of the continent from the west. Helsinki daily mean temperatures hover slightly below freezing, but some days are warmer. The northernmost regions are swallowed by darkness as at this time of year polar night prevails. Finns call it Kaamos. Places like Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, do not experience polar night, but the sun barely rises above the horizon in mid-winter, so in half of the country it is a twilight season. This gives more chances to witness the enchanting Aurora Borealis or Polar Lights. The air is generally dry and crisp, so event extreme winter temperatures do not feel so bad. Yet, extremely warm clothes are a must for the other outdoor activities like snowshoeing and dog sledding. The coldest days usually occur in late January.

Finland weather in February

8.3/10 score
Excellent
-7° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In February, nature is dressed in magical snow apparel; the air is dry and crisp. February is usually the coldest month in Finland in the coastal regions. Helsinki and Turku experience temperatures a few degrees lower than in January, below freezing. The good news is that the southern part of Finland also receives less precipitation and more hours of sunshine than in mid-winter. Lapland typically has a twice-thicker snow carpet than the southern regions. Temperatures in Rovaniemi and other northern settlements start creeping up slowly, but they remain well below the freezing point. The water in the lakes and seas is frozen, and the one can spot so-called frost ‘flowers’ through the end of the month. Winter in Finland offers excellent conditions for ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and Polar Lights hunting. Make sure to bring warm clothes like a proper winter coat, waterproof winter shoes, warm gloves, a scarf, and a hat to survive the Nordic winter. The positive side of Finnish winter is that indoor spaces are well-heated so that you can rest well after outdoor activities in the cold.

Finland weather in March

8.5/10 score
Excellent
-5° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The deepest snow cover in Southern and Middle Finland can be observed in the middle of March. Even though the weather is quite wintry, there is a springy feel hanging in the air. In Helsinki, Turku, and other southern destinations, average highs proudly step above the freezing line. Aurora hunting season in North Finland is coming to its end. Thanks to fewer days with precipitation and solar activity, March is one of the best months to spot Northern Lights in Finland. Day and night temperatures in Rovaniemi are also gradually increasing, yet, the above-freezing day is a rare occasion. The snow cover is still thick up north, so if you want to catch the last chance of pure winter magic with snow and magic Northern Lights in Lapland, March is your best bet. All winter activities from dog sledding to behold the beauty of the ‘tykky’ phenomena in Lapland are in full swing.

Finland weather in April

7/10 score
Very good
2° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Winter fans should go up north to Lapland, where the snow cover reaches its peak in combination with plenty of sunshine. As days are getting longer, it’s the perfect time for winter outdoor activities in the wild. Packing warm clothes is a must as daily mean temperatures in Lapland are dangling close to freezing. In the south, everything starts melting, leaving the landscape gloomy and grey, which isn’t that appealing without the snow and the green. The average sunshine hours in Helsinki and Turku areas almost double, and cities seem to be more attractive than the nearby countryside at this time of year.

Finland weather in May

7.1/10 score
Very good
11° average
average temperatures
4 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Spring enters in full swing in southern areas of Finland in May. Lake ice finally splits, revealing the beauty of Finnish nature. As the temperatures are rising, everything starts blooming and turning green in a span of a few weeks. May is a beautiful time in Southern and Middle Finland. In Helsinki, average highs give a chance to wear a light jacket. In some years, record lows in the Finnish capital dropped below the freezing point, but it’s a rare occasion. Up north, snow melts in May, but ice still covers the lakes until June. Daily temperatures in Rovaniemi crawl up well above freezing. It rains across the country in about one-third of May, so you might be lucky to catch a sunny day. And the good news is that days are long, especially in Lapland.

Finland weather in June

7.8/10 score
Very good
13° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Weather conditions in Finland in June make for an excellent travel destination. Daily temperatures across the country range roughly between 10°C (50°F) and 20°C (70°F). Record highs in some years brought hot summer days while record lows dropped almost to freezing. Southern regions tend to be warmer than northern areas. On the other hand, northern places like Rovaniemi receive only nine days of precipitation in June compared to 14 rainy days in Helsinki. Moreover, northern regions of Finland enjoy Midnight Sun, also known as a polar day when the sun doesn’t set. Across the rest of the country, it doesn't get totally dark either, feeling more like twilight. The sun goes down for only a few hours and then rises soon again. All in all, June in Finland promises unpredictable weather when one day could be wonderfully warm and the following one rainy and cold.

Finland weather in July

8.3/10 score
Excellent
17° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The month of July is generally the most pleasant time of year in Finland. Days are warm and long, and lots of locals are on holiday. Average temperatures promise to be T-shirt friendly, yet, bringing a sweater is always a good idea when visiting Finland. Southern destinations like Helsinki and Turku receive plenty of sunshine, and only about ten days a month promise to be rainy. In Lapland, July is also wonderful, but not only tourists think so: mosquitos are there to accompany your outdoor adventure. July has another perk of the season—the Midnight Sun to illuminate your summer nights in Finland. Northern territories enjoy the sun 24/7, while in southern regions, the sun sets below the horizon only for a few hours to rise again soon.

Finland weather in August

8.8/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The last summer month in Finland generally brings excellent weather for exploring the beauty of Finnish nature and cities. It is a fabulous month to visit both the south and the north of Finland. In Helsinki, August temperatures are slightly lower than in July, and the city receives a higher number of rainy days with occasional thunderstorms. Lapland starts cooling down as well, but wearing a light jacket or a sweater should be fine. In some years, record low temperatures in Rovaniemi drop below freezing, although it is a rare occasion. In areas north of the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set at all as the Midnight Sun season is still running. In mid-August, Finnish kids go back to school, so family attractions tend to be more quiet, which is another perk of the season.

Finland weather in September

8.4/10 score
Excellent
12° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
September brings a sweet farewell to long summer days. Temperatures keep lowering, which is perfect for hiking in clean, crisp air. Autumn foliage wraps forests of Lapland, so heading north for trekking is a popular pattern. This season is known as ‘ruska’ when the reds and yellows of fells in northern Finland are mesmerizing. Early autumn is also an excellent time for spotting Northern Lights. At this time of year, conditions for Polar Lights observation are excellent as solar activity levels are high, and nights are relatively warm. Weather in southern destinations, including Helsinki and Turku, is generally sightseeing-friendly, but be ready for a rainy day and pack some warmer clothes as nights get chilly.

Finland weather in October

7.8/10 score
Very good
5° average
average temperatures
8 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Autumn takes hold of the southern areas of Finland. Hues of yellow, red, and orange paint the nature in this part of the country. Besides the colors, travelers have to face more frequent rains and stronger winds that are the main companions of cold autumn days in Finland. Average daily temperatures in Helsinki and Turku keep decreasing, making your visit to the cities rather unpleasant, sprinkled with rains. Up north, days get even colder, temperatures drop below freezing, and by the end of the month hiking is replaced by cross-country skiing. There are a few things that could cheer you up and make your visit to Finland in October brighter. In autumn, Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, light up the sky and reflect in the numerous lakes. Another perk of the season is wild berries that are usually in season through late October. And if you get cold and miserable, simply visit a famous Finnish sauna to warm your body and melt your heart.

Finland weather in November

7.9/10 score
Very good
2° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In southern regions of Finland, November is sort of a transition month from autumn to winter. It tends to be dark and wet, and the ground is usually covered with sleet. Temperatures in Helsinki and other southern Finnish cities dangle slightly above freezing, so it might be a riddle to pack proper clothing. Lapland welcomes the beginning of winter with a thick snow cover and temperatures below freezing. The number of days with precipitation reaches its peak of about 12–18 days a month. To cheer yourself up during this gloomy period of short and cold days, spend some time in a traditional Finnish sauna, hit local bars, enjoy the silence of the low season, and hunt for Northern Lights.

Finland weather in December

7.8/10 score
Very good
-2° average
average temperatures
7 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Winter takes over the whole of Finland. Southern and Middle Finland receive a proper snow cover. Temperatures in urban destinations like Helsinki and Turku tend to hover slightly below freezing, so warm winter coat, hat, and gloves will be your best friends. Days are short and gloomy. In the north, December brings the mystical Kaamos season. In December and January, the sun does not rise above the horizon at all, but there is some light for about five hours per day. The magic sky hues of blue in the north and red in the south are mesmerizing. At about 2 pm, the so-called 'blue moment' occurs, when everything, including the sky and fluffy snow turns blue for a short time. Northern Lights are another perk of the freezing winter season in Lapland. Make sure to pack proper winter outerwear if you plan to engage in the outdoor winter activities.