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Ylläs 8 seasons

There are things to do for every season in Ylläs - and in Lapland there are eight of them! Take a look at our tips. Northern lights can be seen in the clear skies throughout August to April.

First Snow

First snow lays its white blanket over Ylläs in October-November and gives a hint of the winter ahead.

At night, temperatures drop below zero, making mornings sparkling crystal with frosty trees and ground. The late autumn sun still warms hikers in the daytime, and dark night skies set the stage for spectacular Northern Lights displays.

First Snow Activities in Ylläs

  • Gondola
  • Slopes
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Photography

Polar Night

In early winter, daylight diminishes and the Polar Night takes hold. Glimpses of sunbeams in the horizon are sparse, but uniquely colourful.

The twilight of the Polar Night embodies the magical mystique of Lapland, and is ideal for cosying up indoors next to a fireplace and getting in tune with the stillness around. Outside, the Northern Lights illuminate the darkness on clear nights.

Polar Night Activities in Ylläs

  • Snowmobiling
  • Reindeer
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Winter biking
  • Photography
  • Winter swimming
  • Gondola
  • Huskies
  • Bowling
  • Slopes
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing

Midwinter

After New Year, days slowly start getting longer. The increasing amount of light inspires people to get active – on colder days, gentle nature excursions are perfect while milder temperatures are ideal for tours on the slopes and the ski tracks.

In midwinter, there’s plenty of space on the trails of Ylläs and an international ambience can be sensed in the villages.

Midwinter Activities in Ylläs

  • Snowmobiling
  • Reindeer
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Winter biking
  • Photography
  • Winter swimming
  • Gondola
  • Huskies
  • Bowling
  • Slopes
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing

Early Spring

Ylläs is flooded with light in early spring, as the sunbeams reflect off the sparkling white snowdrifts.

This is a gorgeous time on the slopes, ski tracks and nature trails: smiling outdoor lovers enjoy their time with a hot cup from the backpack or wilderness café, and even the forest animals head down to the villages to take in the hustle and bustle of spring.

Early Spring Activities in Ylläs

  • Snowmobiling
  • Reindeer
  • Ice fishing
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Winter biking
  • Photography
  • Winter swimming
  • Gondola
  • Huskies
  • Bowling
  • Slopes
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing

Spring

As the spring progresses, the snow melts and flows in small streams down the fell sides towards lakes and rivers that are freed of their ice cover. The reindeer calve and migrating birds return to Lapland from their winter travels.

Hiking in the fresh conditions of May-July one can almost detect with the naked eye as nature awakens from winter’s slumber to summer’s bloom.

Spring Activities in Ylläs

  • Disc golf
  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Photography

Nightless Night

The most symbolic phenomenon of the summer in Lapland is the Nightless Night, also known as the Midnight Sun, during which time is not to be spent sleeping but exploring nature.

Summer nights are nice and cool and nature is bustling with life. The fell tops are unbeaten spots for admiring the Midnight Sun and the vast, endless scenery.

Nightless Night Activities in Ylläs

  • Trail running
  • Riding
  • Biking
  • SUP
  • Photography
  • Disc golf
  • Gondola
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking

Harvest Season

The harvest season in Lapland stands for berry and mushroom picking as well as hunting and fishing. These traditions are cherished and nature’s crops are stored for the long winter ahead.

The days are warm and the nights are cool, and the Northern Lights season starts on the first dark autumn nights – the best shows of the year are often seen at this time.

Harvest Season Activities in Ylläs

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Trail running
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Photography
  • Disc golf
  • Gondola
  • Fishing
  • Berries / Mushrooms
  • Canoeing

Colours of the Fall

The spectacular fall leaf colour is an annual highlight in Ylläs. The clear September mornings entice hikers to admire the
picturesque natural scenery in the national park.

The fresh and crisp days are ideal for outdoor life, and the colourful terrain can be experienced in several ways: one chooses a brisk bike ride, the other goes for a relaxing walk.

Colours of the Fall Activities in Ylläs

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Trail running
  • Riding
  • Northern Lights
  • Photography
  • Disc golf
  • Gondola
  • Fishing
  • Berries / Mushrooms
  • Canoeing