Since the arctic is already well known for its winter outdoor activities, we have concentrated, in the following pages, on highlighting the summer potential of the region given that the potential for outdoor and nature-based tourism, here, is little known but almost limitless.
We have made separate pages which explain the difference between national parks and wilderness areas and which outline the huge number of open and bookable huts you can stay in, in them. We have also looked at paddling, hiking and biking in the region in separate pages since in some areas, the hiking and biking routes follow the same trails whereas in others there are fairly strict mode of transport restrictions.
The mountains blossom throughout July and August and summer activities are possible from mid June to the end of September, (although you want to be on a fairly high trek if you hike in this area between c. 20th June and 20th August because of the mosquitos).
By the time we are into the Autumn, particularly the first three weeks of September, the landscape is vibrant with colour. This is known as the ruska period and is when most of the Finnish ‘summer’ tourists come to the area – almost as many as visit in the Spring for the long warm days of skiing.