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Live weather in Lapland

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Wednesday 25 April
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25 Apr
UK Time: 05:15 BST
Local Time: 07:15 EEST
Mostly Cloudy
36°F (2°C)
6mph (10kmh)
  • Sunrise 05:00
  • Sunset 21:28
Temp feels like: 36°F (2°C)
Length of Day: 16h 28m
Pressure: 29.3" (992 hpa)
Visiblity: 4 miles (6 km)
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Weather in Lapland

Lapland is tucked away in the northernmost region of Finland, in the Arctic Circle, bordering Norway, Sweden, Russia and the Baltic Sea. This vast wilderness is sparsely populated, but it is a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, when tourists flock to the snowy ski resorts and Christmas-themed holiday resorts.

With its far northerly position, the region experiences something between a subarctic and continental climate. Summers here are relatively mild while winters are cold and snowy. Although it is an arctic region, Lapland is not as cold as other areas of similar latitude. The weather in Finland stays quite mild thanks to the influence of the North Atlantic Current, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf Stream close by. Additionally, the Scandinavian Mountains calm rainfall and storms that come over from the Atlantic Ocean. However, throughout every season, the local climate is known for being very unpredictable and can change drastically at any time. Blustery snow storms and a drop in temperature can occur with little notice. Take a look at the weather forecast before you travel to help plan your trip.

Lapland also experiences some unique weather phenomenon that attract visitors year round, including 24 hour sunlight in summer and the appearance of the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis in winter.

Lapland, North Sweden, Scandinavia

Lapland, North Sweden, Scandinavia


Spring time is quite short in Lapland, appearing around the end of March and lasting until May. The weather at this time is typically mild with pleasant temperatures and some sunshine, but, as with most of the year, spring can be very unpredictable. Bright, sunny weather can be interrupted by sudden cold spells and snow that come out of nowhere. April still sees a 24% chance of snowfall but this drops to just 6% in May. As the probability of snow decreases, the likelihood of rain increases.

March is still quite cold, with temperatures regularly going below freezing, but the weather is starting to heat up in spring as summer approaches. April has an average temperature of 2°C, reaching highs of 6°C, while May is even warmer. Much more comfortable than the winter months, spring is a great time to visit Lapland. Visit the average page if you would like to know how the averages are calculated.  

Mystic RIver in Lapland

Mystic RIver in Lapland


The weather in Lapland changes for a few short months in summer, becoming mild and pleasant with much less humidity. With lush forests and sparkling lakes all around, it's a beautiful time to visit the region.

July is the warmest month of the year in Lapland, with an average temperature of 17°C, reaching a surprising high of 21°C on the warmest days. Low temperatures stay well above freezing throughout the season, with the lowest temperature being 9°C.

As temperatures increase in the region, the snow melts away and there's an almost impossible chance of snow. Although there's no snow in summer, there is some wet weather throughout the season, with around a 50% chance of rainfall each month.

Summer sees an increase in sunshine in Lapland, with a 23% chance in June, the sunniest month. Between May and July, the sun stays above the horizon at all times, which results in two months of endless light. This unusual occurrence is famously known as the Midnight Sun and is a wonderful thing to witness.

Northern Lights above waters edge

Northern Lights above waters edge


Autumn in Lapland begins quite early, around the end of August, as the summer weather starts to wane and sunshine hours get shorter. This time of the year is known as Ruska to the locals, when the leaves change colour, painting the landscape in vibrant and beautiful shades.

The weather also gets colder at this time of the year, with average temperatures dropping quite rapidly in autumn, from 10°C in September to just -2°C in November. High humidity also returns in the autumn months, hitting levels above 80%.

The frost and snow that Lapland is famous for starts to slowly arrive around September, and by the time October arrives there's an 18% chance of snowfall. The permanent blanket of snow doesn't set in until December or January though.

Autumn is the windiest time of the year in Lapland and the region often sees storms and gales. There's around four days of storm-force winds on average, which can cause sudden hazardous weather conditions that visitors should watch out for.

Sunrise, Swedish Lapland

Sunrise, Swedish Lapland


Because of its festive spirit and cold weather attractions, winter is the most popular time to visit Lapland, however, visitors should be well prepared of the weather that occurs at this time of year. Winters are cold and long in the region, with freezing temperatures and heavy snow occurring every day. Between December and February, temperatures stay constantly below freezing, with the lowest falling to -13°C in February. January is the snowiest month of the year, with an 81% chance of a snow day. Humidity is also high at this time of year, with levels at around 80% or higher.

Daylight hours in Lapland are limited in this season, with just a few hours between 10am and 2pm during the peak winter months. The rest of the time is filled with darkness, providing excellent conditions to see the Northern Lights which are most visible between November and March. This spectacular marvel of nature appears around 200 times a year on clear nights in Lapland.

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