The beginning and end of Summer in Lapland are glorious times of the year. Days are super long from June until September and in mid-summer we have c. 3 - 4 weeks of the midnight sun. Hence, there is no need to draw your exploratory activities to a close in the evening because it is getting dark. In other words, for those of you who love hiking and are out on one of the many wilderness trails in the municipality - there is never an excuse to stop!
Around mid-summer, the insects that are so important for the arctic ecosystem come out to pollinate flowers so from one perspective, this isn't necessarily the best time to come. However, culture at this time is interesting since the flies are also important in that they drive the reindeer up onto the high fells and you may be lucky enough to witness one of the remote reindeer gatherings at this time, since this is when the Sami ear-mark their calves.
Temperatures in the summer vary between 5C and 25C although c. 10-15C would be the norm. Perhaps surprisingly, there is not a great deal of rain since we are quite far inland and the climate is relatively stable. When it does rain, however, it tends to pour quite heavily for short intense periods.
In summer Hetta attracts many independent motorists and coach tours, who stop off in Hetta to visit the nature centre/reindeer nature trails, and to overnight in one of the village's hotels before continuing their journey on towards Alta or the North Cape in Norway.
Kilpisjärvi, un village dans le bras ouest d’Enontekiö, attire plusieurs randonneurs en été puisque les tunturis dans sa région (le Sentier Arctique et Halti) sont relativement uniques. C’est également une destination touristique fréquente pour les amateurs de ski de fond et de motoneige, souvent Norvégiens. Des tours organisés peuvent être mis sur pied par les sites d’hébergement durant la saison printanière.
Kilpisjärvi est, comme Hetta, s’orchestre une semaine d’aventure des neiges. Le Sentier Arctique reçoit entre 5,000 et 10,000 visiteurs chaque an. Kilpisjärvi est aussi un arrêt fréquent des automobilistes qui se dirigent des fjords Norvégiens vers le sud de la Finlande ou vice-versa durant la saison estival. Plusieurs touristes font l’excursion jusqu’au Marqueur de la Frontière des Trois Pays ou grimpent jusqu’au sommet du tunturi Saana Sacré. En plus, certains touristes explorent la Réserve Naturelle Malla, visitent le Point d’Information Siilastupa or font de la randonné à a travers les divers sentiers de la région.
Reindeer Ear Marking:
This traditional Sami event takes place up on the hill fells in the summer villages and is generally something that you have to be invited to witness – but if you are, it is unforgettable.
Each year, the businesses in the area come together over three days at the end of August to present their wares and products in a market format.
Gifts from Lapland Market:
Each year in c. February. Craftsmen from around the area gather to present their wares to both buyers and locals in the village school. Buyers travel from far and wide to sample the traditional goods still available in this area.
Hetta Summer Triathlon
Hetta's summer triathlon takes place each year at the end of the Hetta Outdoor Week (normally at the end of July / start of August). The route (pdf) includes c. 12km biking on both tarmac roads and forestry trails, c. 8km of xc running and a 2km paddle.
NUTS Midnight Sun Trail Run
This 125k & 55k Trail Ultra is a trail ultra race in the scenic Ylläs-Pallas National Park which takes place at c. end July. The distances to choose from are the demanding Ylläs-Hetta with 125 km, 9 fells and over 3800 m ascent, and the Pallas-Hetta with 55 km. Finish and race centre in the Hetta village.
Fly Fishing Contest:
This event takes place, annually, in Karasuando, at the beginning of August.
A 1-2-week journey along the route of the traditional Arctic Canoe Race on the Muonionjöki River.
Mid-summer Skiing Festival, Kilpisjärvi
Tens of skiers gather at Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi for a traditional Midsummer skiing event. Each year the organisers prepare a short track of snow so cross-country skiers can keep their skills sharp over the short Finnish summer. This event is now in its c. 70th year.