Did you know that in the northernmost parts of Finland the sun does not rise for almost 2 months in winter?
In Finland winter lasts for months. If you want to see snow, reindeer and auroras, make sure you’re heading for Lapland. In southern Finland there’s snow and northern lights only occasionally, and no reindeer whatsoever.
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However, in northern Lapland the sun does not rise for weeks, but in Southern Finland such as in Helsinki, you can enjoy some sunlight also in winter.
Usually the coldest months are January and February. In 1999, a little northern village called Pokka was the coldest place in the European Union: the temperature was -51,5 degrees Celcius, or -60,7 degrees Fahrenheit! Luckily, most of Finland doesn’t have to put up with temperatures anywhere near as cold as this. For example in Helsinki the average temperature in February is – 4,7°C (23,5°F).