Northern Lights Autumn Utsjoki

The autumn in Utsjoki is coming to an end and it feels like winter has already begun. The ground is covered in a thin layer of snow, the rivers have started to freeze and the trees have shed their leaves a long time ago. So before we officially start the winter season, we would like to share some of our favourite autumn moments with you.

Fall starts early here and like in most places can be divided into the colourful fall foliage (ruska) time and period in-between ruska and the arrival of the snow and ice.

The ruska season is short and only lasts from late August until mid-September. Ruska here in Utsjoki is also great for berry & mushroom picking and it is the time when the nights are getting darker and the Northern Lights are starting to dance again.

Ruska Lapland - Photo by Maria Berz
Ruska in Lapland – Photo by Maria Berz
Ruska Utsjoki - Photo by Maria Berz
The beginning of ruska in Utsjoki – Photo by Maria Berz

 

By late September the leaves were gone, only a few berries left here and the nights were dark enough again to see the Milky Way.

Why you should visit Aurora Holidays in autumn!

September and October really are a beautiful time to visit us here in Utsjoki.

Autumn in Utsjoki is a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and berry picking. Enjoy the crisp autumn air during a hike in the wilderness. The temperatures are still mild enough to have your lunch around an outdoor campfire, right in the middle of nature and you don’t need as many layers for your outdoor adventures to keep you warm (compared to winter).

While you might not be able to do some of the activities that we offer in winter, most of what we offer is still possible. Many of our guests this autumn have loved the husky adventure, even without the snow. You have the chance to join a team of huskies and their musher for a ride through the Norwegian wilderness. The duration is slightly shorter than during the winter, but it’s just as much fun!

The Northern Lights

Many people believe that aurora chasing is only possible during the winter and think that it is somehow connected to the snow. Good news – you can see the auroras as early as August. In fact during September and October we have seen some of the best Northern Lights displays, not just of the season, but of the year! See for yourself! These are some of our favourites photos from the autumn season this year. All of them have been taken in September or October.

Northern Lights Utsjoki Autumn
Photo: Tiina Salonen
Aurora Borealis Utsjoki Autumn
Photo: Tiina Salonen
Northern Lights Autumn Utsjoki
Colourful Northern Lights caused by a solar storm – Tiina Salonen
Solar Storm October 2018 - Photo by Tiina Salonen
Solar Storm October 2018 – Photo by Tiina Salonen
Northern Lights Utsjoki Autumn
Photo: Tiina Salonen
Northern Lights Lapland Autumn
Photo: Tiina Salonen
Northern Lights Tours Lapland October
Photo: Tiina Salonen

 

Another added benefit for aurora chasers in the fall are the incredible reflections. The rivers and lakes don’t freeze until mid-October to mid-November, depending on the temperatures and weather. So you can to see the green swirls, shapes and patterns not just in the sky, but the water as well. The reflections of the Northern Lights are equally impressive in person as they are in pictures.

 

The first snow & beginning of winter

First snow in Lapland - Photo by Maria Berz
First snow of the season – Photo by Maria Berz

If you choose to book an autumn package with us in late September or October, there is a good chance that you will be witnessing the first snow and the first signs of winter. The temperatures are still mild and only occasionally go below zero during the day time for most of the autumn, so the snow doesn’t tend to stick around. Many of our guests this autumn have loved being there watching the snow fall, the early morning frost on the trees and some where lucky enough to see the first pieces of ice floating on the river before they start joining together into a thick layer of ice.


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