Autumn is one of the best seasons in the arctic and is, not surprisingly therefore, one of the most popular times for Finns from the south of Finland to visit the north. The 'ruska' period (two glorious weeks when the trees become every imaginable shade of red and gold) is particularly popular since at that stage (generally early September), there are no longer any mosquitos and hiking and biking conditions are perfect. Mornings are crisp and clear and days are generally sunny and long. International tourists have still to discover the wonders of this area at this time.
Our 'Summer' Activities section describes some of these options and our location section has additional information about the range of autumn activities availabile in Enontekiö as a whole, including detailed guides to our wilderness areas, national park, wilderness huts and trails which you may need to access at this time.
Once the first flutters of snows come, we treat them as a warning that winter is just around the corner. We then generally have about two weeks before they come in such volume that they are here to stay. Hence, for locals, there is a mad panic at that time to gather everything in from the yard and to maybe go for the last hike or bike of the season. This may happen as early as mid October or as late as the first weeks of December. At that point, we move into what we call early winter, but we only start to open the wilderness trails once there is a good cover of snow on the ground.
Autumn is our main 'training' season for the dogs and for the guides and it is a great time to join us if you want to learn more about the dogs in an intensive way since we are frequently out training them on either quadbikes or sleighs from morning until night. Each year we offer a one-week intensive training course for new mushers and those who are interested in a more in-depth / rounded perspective of working with sled dogs than they can get when taking part in a normal safari journey (see below).
Arctic Sled Dog Guide-training Week
Our 'autumn training' week is generally in October each year and is targeted at those wanting to learn more about the art of working with and training sleddogs, either for a hobby or professionally.
The Full Moon Art Night.
This takes place once a year – normally in mid-October. It includes presentations of music, poetry, literature and handicrafts.
The event will include presentations on local life skills, business products and services, villages, organizations and other entities in the market place and evening events.Common celebration and presented invited to participate in all;local residents, leisure-time residents, neighbors and visitors.