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Best Time to Visit Finland

‘Maritime’ and ‘Continental’ are the two words which best summarizes the climate of Finland. Even though the ideal time to visit this country is from May through September, Finland offers many interesting natural phenomena throughout the year.

If you are looking to pay Southern Finland and Lakeland a visit, consider the summer months of June to August. This is the time when Finland is abuzz with activity and a host of festivals envelop the entire country in gaiety and joyous fervour. Water bodies also experiences some action when cruises, steam boats and ferries set sail in the ocean. The most interesting part of summer season is the ‘Polar days’ when ‘Midnight Sun’ appears in the sky, as if transfixed in the atmosphere for two months. Quite obviously, prices are bound to sky-rocket and accommodations are scarce, therefore, reservations in advance will save you from the trouble of it all.

Planning a visit to Northern Finland and Lapland is reversed if you are looking for the best time to go. October to March is the suitable time to visit Lapland if you want to take the popular ‘Santa Claus Tour’. Winter is also the time for ‘Northern Lights’ which is brought on by ‘Polar Nights’ and is guaranteed to leave you in awe of Mother Nature. The season is also the perfect time to give dog sledging and skiing, a try. If you have zeroed in on July for a visit to this part of the country, word of caution- bring along mosquito repellents as mosquitoes might prove to be a nuisance in this month.

Winters in Finland are synonymous with skiing and that’s precisely the reason why the country holds the Ski Marathon every year. As far as snow fall is concerned, most part of the country will receive their maximum share by March, however, in the Santa Claus region, which is Lapland- September through May, is the time for snow.

Climate

A lot less severe than one might expect, considering its latitudinal location, Finland has a temperate climate thanks to the surrounding water bodies. Summer months from mid June to mid August have warm days and cool nights. Daylight hours are long and depending on the region the sun never really sets. In winter, mild snow forms a sheet on the ground for a couple of months in the south, and for a little longer period in the northern mountains. Precipitation is roughly 460mm in the north and 700 mm in the south. Averages temperatures during the summer are about 16.5° C and drop to as low as – 8° C in the winter.


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