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10 TIPS FOR AN AUTUMN JOURNEY TO LAPLAND

Lapland’s autumn colours invite you on an adventure! Autumn transforms the northern landscapes with a breathtaking touch, as the glorious autumn colours take over in nature. The best way to enjoy autumn in Lapland is to hike or cycle to the top of a fell to admire the vibrant autumn colours and landscapes, breathing in the refreshing northern breeze. By heading for Lapland's hiking trails during the second or third week of September, you will likely get to hike among the most beautiful of colours. The splendour of the autumn continues after its peak for about ten days, fading gradually. Get the best tips here for a trip to Lapland in the autumn!

1. ADMIRE THE GOLDEN BIRCH TREES AT KILPISJÄRVI

Every year in the second week of September, the glowing reds of the plants of the ground and golden orange birches of the fells colour the landscapes of Kilpisjärvi with breathtaking beauty. At its best, autumn in Kilpisjärvi is the most colourful in Finland!

The surroundings of Kilpisjärvi offer a large number of great hiking trails for admiring the colours of autumn. Climb the mighty Saana fell, hike through the Malla Strict Nature Reserve or conquer the boundary marker of three states. The vast moor-like areas at the foot of the great fells are excellent hiking grounds. After a day of hiking, the Lapland Hotels Kilpis lakeshore sauna offers relaxing steam and a fresh dip in the midst of autumn’s colours into the clear Kilpisjärvi lake.

STAY IN KILPISJÄRVI:

2. CLIMB THE FELLS WITH A FATBIKE 

Fatbike cycling offers a unique way to ride at speed in the midst of the shining colours of autumn. Lapland's destinations offer a large number of diverse mountain biking trails of different levels, so there's plenty to choose from!

Someone craving a challenge will head to Saariselkä to experience the wonder of open fell biking on the marked routes in the Urho Kekkonen National Park, where you can admire the endless chain of open fells. For more relaxed cycling, you can, for example, go to Luosto for the circular route of Ukko-Luosto, along which you can admire the over 400-year-old forests and stop at the Lampivaara amethyst mine. The location of Ylläs, surrounded by seven fells, offers up to 190 km of mountain biking routes, from which beginners as well as more experienced cyclers can choose a route according to their own level.

RENT A FATBIKE FROM LAPLAND SAFARIS:

SaariselkäLuostoYlläs

3. ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF COLOUR ON A PLATE, TOO

During an autumn trip, it is also a good idea to stop and experience a variety of flavours! Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara’s scenic restaurant Sky Kitchen & View in Rovaniemi has been voted among the best restaurants in Finland many times. In the restaurant, you can enjoy breakfast or dinner with a view, as the panorama windows allow you to admire the wonderful nature of Ounasvaara that extends to the horizon.

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4. HIKE IN THE MIDST OF AUTUMN’S GORGEOUS GROUND PLANTS

What makes Lapland's autumn special is the glowing wine-red of the fells' slopes and wilderness trails. Shimmering in red, the leaves of the alpine bearberry are an impressive sight that people come to admire from far and wide!

The colours of the ground plants can be admired, for example, along Finland's most legendary Hetta-Pallas hiking trail in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The route, approximately 50 kilometres in length, passes over the rugged peaks of the fells, sometimes descending down into gorges and pine forest terrain. The route is well signposted and there are several wilderness huts located along it. To the south of the village of Hetta, Lake Ounasjärvi must be crossed by boat transport.

STAY IN YLLÄS:

Lapland Hotels Saaga

Lapland Hotels Äkäshotelli

Lapland Hotels Ylläskaltio

5. SPOT THE DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS

In addition to the shining colour of the ground and trees, it is worth looking towards the sky during autumn evenings, as autumn is one of the best times to spot the Northern Lights. In the autumn, the Earth's magnetic field is in a favourable position in relation to solar winds, meaning that the energy of the solar wind is effectively transferred to the Earth's magnetosphere.

The Northern Lights may even appear brighter in the autumn than in the winter, in part because the snowless, black earth offers a great contrast to the Northern Lights that blaze across the sky. Many also head to the lakes of Lapland to admire the spectacular double Northern Lights, which are created when the Northern Lights are reflected on the surface of the dark water. Magical!

6. BE ENCHANTED BY THE PEACE OF THE WILDERNESS

Lapland has plenty of space to enjoy the silence and the wilderness. Those who are more adventurous will seek peace from the wilderness huts of the hiking trails, and those who desire comfort will choose a cottage or a wilderness hotel. The historical hotel Lapland Hotels Pallas stands alone at the foot of Pallastunturi in the middle of the endless natural scenery of Pallas-Yllästunturi. Lapland Hotels Hetta is located in Hetta, in the village of Enontekiö on the shores of the beautiful Lake Ounasjärvi, surrounded by expansive areas of wilderness. At Lapland Hotels Olos, the landscape is filled with numerous lakes, rivers and, of course, fells.

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Lapland Hotels Pallas

Lapland Hotels Hetta

Lapland Hotels Olos

7. EXPERIENCE THE SHADES OF AUTUMN FROM THE WATER

The numerous bodies of water in Lapland, from lakes to ponds in the wilderness, highlight the glowing colours of nature as the shades of autumn are reflected on the surface of the waters. For active travellers, the waterways provide a great setting for kayaking, canoeing or fishing trips, for example. Guests can enjoy the glorious autumn colours from the comfort of their own bed – in the autumn, Lapland Hotels Riekonlinna's accommodation options include a glass igloo floating about a kilometre from the hotel on the idyllic Iiskonlompolo pond. What could be more wonderful than waking up to the vibrant autumn!

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Lapland Hotels Riekonlinna

RENT A KAYAK OR CANOE:

Lapland Safaris Saariselkä

8. PACK LESS BY RENTING HIKING GEAR

To hike and enjoy the outdoors, you do not need to own all the necessary equipment and supplies yourself, as renting is the perfect way to have access to high-quality equipment without any purchases. Renting is also an ecological alternative to owning that helps to save natural resources. Lapland Safaris offers hiking equipment rentals for the needs of day trips and longer hikes in several destinations in Lapland.

9. GOLF IN LEVI IN THE MIDDLE OF AUTUMN COLOURS

Did you know that Levi's golf season continues until the end of September? At the foot of the fells and in the glowing shades of autumn, it is great to golf. Lapland Hotels Sirkantähti offers flexible golf holidays until 23 September. The accommodation includes breakfast and one green fee per person per day.

STAY IN LEVI:

Lapland Hotels Sirkantähti

Photo: Visit Levi

10. VISIT THE AMETHYST MINE

For those seeking Lapland’s magic, the Lampivaara amethyst mine in Pyhä-Luosto is the number one destination during the autumn season as well. At the mine, which operates on sustainable principles, you can find stories and atmosphere from millennia ago, not to forget your very own lucky stone! On your trip, you can stay in a high-quality hotel or cottage surrounded by nature. The Pyhä-Luosto National Park is known for its beautiful fells, from the slopes of which you can admire the vibrant colours of autumn in all their glory. The scenery ranges from rocky gorges and peaks to grove-lined creeks and from fens to rugged fells. At Luosto, you can enjoy the silence of nature, not to mention the services.

STAY IN LUOSTO:

Snow Village