One of the most underrated seasons in Finland is Ruska, or autumn leaf colour in more international terms.
The phenomenon is especially evident in Lapland, where landscapes virtually explode into spectacular displays of colour. The peak season lasts two to four weeks in September.
Here’s a few hints where and how to best enjoy Ruska:
Harriniva holiday centre in Muonio will not leave you wondering what to do amid the amazing Ruska. Activities include:
- River rafting
- Quad biking
- Hiking in the fells, take a guided trip or ask for maps and directions at the reception
- Fishing equipment and boats are available to rent, fishing permits to be bought at the reception
- Miniature golf and frisbee golf
The holiday centre is also known for having one of the largest husky farms in Finland, housing approximately 400 dogs.
Kilpisjärvi, a tiny village located far up north on the Norwegian border, is one of the few places in the world where you can enjoy the Northern Lights and Ruska simultaneously.
- Kilpisjärvi is THE place for serious Arctic treks. Check out wilderness guide Martti Niskanen of The Lapland Connection on Facebook.
- Stay in Tundrea holiday centre and enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes in Finland at the foot of the iconic Saana fell.
Get to Kilpisjärvi: Finnair flies from Helsinki to Kittilä, from where there’s a bus connection.
Ylläs is a top ski resort in the winter, and the seven fells of the area offer quite some terrain for leaf peeping, too. Try these while enjoying Ruska:
- Gondola lift to the top of Ylläs fell
Ylläs has a reputation for hosting fun local cultural events. The Ruska season is no exception: Ylläs event calendar
Like Ylläs, Levi is one of Finland’s most popular ski and holiday resorts. Here’s a few picks for the Ruska season:
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