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Come to Finland and enjoy the snow!

This site informs you about Finlands most important skiing-centers. The map to the right shows you the actual amount of snow, measured as kg per square meter.

You call them fells, we call them tunturis. There's another word of Finnish for you, which you will need when looking at Finnish maps. A tunturi is a mountain with a bare top. The further you get to the north the higher the mountains. Though most Finnish tunturis are only 500 to 800 m high, they offer excellent opportunities for winter sports. But not all tunturis are "developed", most are fortunately still in their natural condition.

The Finnish climate favours skiing, both alpine and cross-country. We have long periods of frost-weather, clean white snow and a long season. This year 2001 first snow fell in Oktober, and it will grow till the end of march, but lasts out till may. The ski-resorts furthermore apply artificial snow when necessary. Avalanches are very rare indeed. The slopes and tracks are kept in excellent condition. With the start of spring the daylight-period spans soon 20 hours and more due to the high latitude. In April Lapland often enjoys the highest afternoon temperatures in all Europe!


Click here for a map of the snow!

But also the midwinter, when the sun hardly makes it over the horizon (called kaamos in Finnish), is a splendid time for tourists. Enjoy a Finnish Chrismas and meet Santa Claus at his home! Or ski under the sparkling stars and listen to the northern lights! If you don't believe me you haven't encountered the silence of the tunturis. And of course the most important slopes and tracks are illuminated from evening to morning.

Every Automn -Every Spring: the snow comes and goes

About the maps: the blue curves with the dates show, when in average the first snowblanket will appear (left map) and when the snow permanently covers the ground (right map).

Below: the left map shows the snow-depth on 15th of march and the right map, when and where the snow usually melts away.

Source: Finnish Meteorological Institute. Data by Reijo Solantie from measurements in the winters 1960 -1993.