Autumn is about to begin in Lapland – there’s already some beautiful autumn foliage to be seen. But autumn colors are not the only sign of the summer being over. Autumn in Lapland smells like fresh rain in the forest, tastes like berries and sounds like singing swans. You can also see the beautiful starry sky of Lapland for the first time in months. Here are nine signs of nature that tell you autumn is here!
Autumn is the time of beautiful, cold and misty mornings. You want to get up early so that you won’t miss them!
Nights get darker
This feels very special especially because in Lapland the sun hasn’t set for months. So when it finally does set and the evenings get dark, it feels truly amazing. You can see the stars for the first time after spring, and even some auroras can soon appear!
The first ones to begin turning red are bilberries. Make sure that you have a camera with you when you go outside – this is something truly amazing.
Berries get ripe
Bilberries first, then lingonberries and soon also cranberries – they are waiting for you and they are delicious! Thanks to the everyman’s right, anyone is allowed to pick berries in Finland. Just make sure you treat nature with respect and leave nothing behind! Do not litter!
Fresh smell of rain
Who wouldn’t love the smell of a refreshing rain in beautiful nature. In autumn, this smell is at its best. Each forest or swamp has a wonderful smell of its own.
Time for some mushroom picking
Like berries, you can also pick mushrooms. If you’re lucky, you’ll find delicious porcinis or chanterelles!
Swans get ready to leave
The whooper swan is the national bird of Finland. But they can not stay here for the winter. In autumn you can hear them singing in the wilderness, as they get ready to leave.
Thunder storms appear
Especially in August it’s possible to see and hear some amazing thunder storms and rainbows in Lapland.
Reindeer get handsome again
This might come as a shock, but reindeer get really ugly in the summer when they moult. In August they start to look very handsome again, and the males also have huge beautiful antlers.
P.s. We advice you not to approach male reindeer especially in September, as they can get aggressive during this period of reindeer’s rut.