Northern Lights Viewing and Snow and Ice Architecture

Northern Lights Viewing

When in Lapland you have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. The deep green and yellow colours, sometimes streaked with bands of red, are one of the most astonishing natural phenomena it is possible to witness.

From November to January, various shades of soothing blue are Lapland’s most distinctive colours. The land is cloaked in a dim veil of light, known as the kaamos, and bedded down for its winter slumber. During these mid-winter months, the sun does not rise at all. As a counterbalance to the sleepy world of snow and ice, the Northern Lights flash across the clear night skies. It’s possible to see the phenomenon in almost any part of Lapland – and sometimes much further south, including occasionally in Helsinki – if the weather conditions are right, but the best bet is in February-March and September-October in the Kilpisjärvi area in the far north of the country.

Snowland Rovaniemi

Snow and Ice Sculpture and Architecture

In Finland building with the natural resources of winter – namely snow and ice – is an art form which is enjoying a rapid growth in popularity.

Fabulous snow castles – such as the annual SnowCastle at Kemi – and exotic igloos test the imaginations of designers and architects, while snow hotels, restaurants and galleries are spectacular works of art. You can also spend the night in a snow hotel or get married in a snow chapel. The concept of a snow sauna sounds impossible, but in Finland there are places that have perfected the art of such an unlikely structure.