Located in the far north of Finland, on the shores of Lake Inari, you will find Inari village the centre of Sámi culture in Finland. The Sámi way of life is intertwined with Lapland’s nature throughout the seasons and for any visitor to Lapland, Autumn is a prime month in which to witness that natural world at its best. This time of year offers an ever-changing landscape and some fascinating experiences, all ahead of the winter crowds.
In September, the nights grow longer once again after the daylight hours of summer, and the Northern Lights return to the sky. The forest floor and canopy take on a golden and burnt orange glow during September as the leaves change. Then throughout October and November, the temperatures begin to drop, and the first snowfalls of winter arrive. Each change provides its own glimpse of how nature adapts in this challenging environment. This itinerary has been designed so you can explore and learn, experiencing the very best of Lapland during these transitional months.
One of the biggest draws of Autumn in Lapland is the chance to witness some exceptional Northern Lights displays and of course, we will do all we can to maximise your viewing potential.
Before Lake Inari freezes, there is also the opportunity for you to hopefully witness the Aurora Borealis reflecting off its vast surface, before it gains a layer of ice around the end of October. This holiday includes a boat trip on the lake for earlier dates which is changed for those travelling after the 20th October to a minibus hunt for the Aurora.
You will also enjoy a guided hike to a carefully chosen Aurora Camp with spectacular views of the night sky. Scientific evidence suggests that solar activity is heightened during the autumnal equinox, so you may potentially witness some captivating displays.
During the day you will gain an insight into the Sámi culture. This includes a visit to the Sámi Siida Museum in Inari which has impressive exhibitions displaying the history of the indigenous people of Lapland and the natural world in which they live. If you wish, you can also learn about reindeer herding and add a visit to a Sámi family to your holiday. Please see the 'Personalise section of the holiday page for further details.
You will also visit a nearby husky centre and meet the sled dogs, which are synonymous with the Arctic. Whilst the lack of snow means that you cannot go out on a sled, you can still learn a great deal about the lives of these working dogs and their mushers.
Autumn in Finland is known locally as ‘Ruska’ which refers to the vibrant colours which are typically displayed in September. A guided nature hike will lead you into the surrounding forest where you will assist your guide picking local berries or mushrooms before enjoying lunch around an open fire.
The weather in autumn can change very quickly and so an element of flexibility is required when travelling at this time of year. On the plus side, this does mean that you might witness the magical morning when the area awakens to the first dusting of snow.
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