The season’s first snowfall is always an exciting moment eagerly awaited by many Finns and visitors alike. But as a big country – Finland stretches over 1000 km north to south – the start of the snow season depends on where in the country you are.
In Lapland, which sits mostly above the Arctic Circle, the first snow often falls in September. In 2023, the first snow came in mid-September covering over 20 centimetres in many places, which is a lot for first snow. Usually, the first flurries hit the felltops with full ground cover coming later in the year. In northern parts of the country, snow typically stays permanently on the ground by late-October and lasts until the spring.
In Finland’s central and southern areas, including the capital Helsinki, you’ll usually experience the first snowfall in November (although it usually melts away). The closer you are to the coast, the more likely it is for the snow to turn into rain due to the heating effect of the Baltic Sea in late autumn.