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Tourism during autumn in Lapland is an all-embracing experience – mountain biking holds its own as a trendy autumn activity

Press release | Tue Sep 05 13:29:00 2023

Autumn season tourism in Lapland means enjoying nature and experiencing its diversity. In the darkening evenings of September, temperatures can range from overnight frosts to around 20 degrees, which provides the tourist with opportunities to admire the colourful foliage and the Northern Lights, while still enjoying warm and sunny days on nature trails. The autumn season in Lapland is particularly popular among Finnish tourists.

Mountain biking, a trendy hobby that took off during the COVID-19 period, still remains popular among autumn tourists visiting Lapland. In the autumn, many Finns grab their own bike or rent one in order to explore Lapland’s national landscapes and parks. Hiking by foot is also popular – various routes of different levels can be accessed directly from Lapland Hotels’ services.

– “In recent years, plenty of walking and mountain bike trails have been restored, so there are now great opportunities for outdoor activities in nature. For example, Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park begins right next to Yllästunturi, and you can head there with your child or dog to hike on the easy routes. There are also separate routes for more experienced hikers,” says Tommy Sippo, Area General Manager of Levi and Ylläs.

Lapland’s nature is at its most diverse in autumn

Lapland Hotels’ destinations in Lapland are mainly visited by domestic tourists in the autumn, while international tourists visit the area during the winter season. Many Finns visit Lapland in September to see the autumn colours and experience the seasonal change from summer towards winter.

In addition to the colourful leaves on the trees, autumn tourism also involves experiencing the diversity of nature: you can see reindeer or Siberian jays on nature trails and enjoy a coffee in a campfire hut in the crispy autumn weather. In the same day, temperatures can range from night frost to almost 20 degrees.

– “Nature in Lapland is characterised by rapid changes. Autumn foliage colours last from the turn of August–September until late autumn. In the darkening evening sky, you can also see the Northern Lights, which also live in the moment: they dance in wonderful colours in the sky before suddenly disappearing. It’s worth looking at them a little further away from the yard area, but otherwise, the best way to see them is just by looking at the northern sky,” says Esa-Matti Tamminen, Area General Manager of Pallas-Hetta-Kilpisjärvi.

Nature experiences culminate in dining and music

At the moment, some autumn travel reservations have been made for Lapland Hotels’ properties in Lapland, but
there is still availability for those interested in experiencing autumn in Lapland. In some of the locations, it’s possible to rent suitable outdoor equipment from the experience service company Lapland Safaris.

– “Autumn tourism naturally also includes our hotels’ excellent breakfasts and other restaurant services, as well as live music. For example, the Pirtukirkko restaurant at Äkäshotelli has excellent live music every night, which is a perfect ending to a day spent in nature,” Sippo says.

Further information:

Tommy Sippo
Area General Manager, Ylläs & Levi
Lapland Hotels
Tommy.sippo@laplandhotels.com
+358 40 840 3262

Esa-Matti Tamminen
Area General Manager, Pallas, Hetta, Kilpisjärvi
Lapland Hotels
et@laplandhotels.com
+358 40 502 6486

Travel enterprise Lapland Hotels & Safaris offers Northern experiences for all the senses. It consists of Finland’s largest private hotel chain, Lapland Hotels, the largest experience service company in the Nordic countries, Lapland Safaris Group Oy, and Lapland Ski Resorts. The Group has a total of approximately 1,700 employees.

Lapland Hotels has 19 hotels, more than 2,400 rooms and apartments as well as over 10,000 restaurant seats around Finland: In Ylläs, Levi, Saariselkä, Rovaniemi, Olos, Luosto, Kilpisjärvi, Pallas, Hetta, Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu and Kuopio.

Lapland Safaris offers unique outdoor activities in eight destinations in Lapland: Rovaniemi, Ylläs, Saariselkä, Levi, Luosto, Olos, Hetta and Kilpisjärvi.

Lapland Ski Resorts comprises five ski centres located in Ylläs, Luosto, Olos, Pallas and Rovaniemi. www.laplandhotels.com, www.laplandsafaris.com

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