One of the coldest months of the year with only a few hours
of daylight. The temperature can be anywhere from -5 C to
-25 C with beautiful starlit nights. The forest is sleeping
and only the largest animals, such as elk, fox and rabbits
can be seen. Depending on the amount of snow, you can see
small tracks of rodents in the snow. Some birds stay over
for the winter and the local people feed them and the other
animals so that they can get by the winter. This is a good
time for skiing, skating, pheasant shooting, ice fishing,
Nordic walking and shopping.
This month can be even colder than January but the sun starts
to shine a little even though it is not yet warm. The light
this time of year is exquisite. People start to come out more
for winter sports. Pheasant shoots are ending. Long walks in
crackling snow, skating, ice fishing, skiing can be very enjoyable.
March is often full of sunshine glittering on the snow. Now
the sun starts to get warm melting the snow and ice. Long
walks on ice is a favourite with the Finns. Fill a backpack
with lunch, coffee and tea, find yourself a good spot sheltered
from the wind and have a picknick in the snow and ice. A good
time for walking, skiing, ice fishing, just enjoying the snow
April is full of expectation. No day is the same. It can be
warm or it can be cool to cold but for sure, summer is on the
way. People start taking chairs outside and sit inside warm
blankets drinking hot chocolate. Everyone is outside. The sunshine
is warm, the air is clear, the snow and ice is melting. Birds
start their migration and come to the archipelago by the thousands.
Their cries can be heard miles around. Bird watching and seal
safaris are starting. Cycling and kayaking can be enjoyed again.
The snow has now melted although there is still a small chill
in the air in the evenings. This is a busy time when everyone
puts their boats back into the water. All kinds of fishing
is very popular because the waters are still quite cold and
the catch is good. This is the best time for bird watching
and seal safaris. Walking, cycling, hiking, fishing, outside
yoga, jogging, kayaking are all enjoyed in May.
Summer has arrived. All the flowers are starting to bloom
and nature is all shades of green again. The bees are flying
and collecting honey. End of June we have only a couple of
hours of dusk as night – otherwise it is daylight, over
20 hours/day! Fishing is good, walking, cycling, hiking and
all types of activities are very popular, also bird watching
and seal safaris. Many different happenings are being organised
throughout the archipelago. Market places offer a display
of local goods. People from cities move to their cottages
and enjoy their summer close to nature.
July is the holiday month in Finland. Lots and lots of activities
are everywhere in the archipelago.
There are lots of boats out with people going out to near-by
islands for the day. Walking, cycling, swimming and all outdoor
activities are now possible. The summers are so short in Finland
that the wild flowers bloom during a very short period, practically
all at the same time. Shopping and antique markets can be
visited. Local market places, local handicraft shops and cafes
are all welcoming visitors.
Summer is still in the air but the nights start to get darker.
It is time to start lighting up the yard with lanterns. All
activities with boats are very popular. Cycling along fields
of wheat and wild flowers is an experience not to be missed.
Take a ferry to the islands, or visit local historical sights.
The air is mellow in August.
A scent of autumn is now in the air. Leaves are starting to
turn red and yellow. All outside sports are still possible and
fun. Fishing is good again with colder waters. Pheasant and
partridge shoots are starting. The bees have gone to sleep.
Mushrooms can be found. Migrating birds are starting to fly
South in large formations.
Nights are getting longer now. It can still be warm outside,
or very cold. The nature is all colors of red, yellow and brown.
Nordic walks are very popular, so is cycling, fishing, pheasant
and partridge shoots. The leaves are starting to fall from
the trees and most of the birds are on their way to warmer
climates. Mushrooms can be picked until frost sets in. Sometimes
snow falls in October.
The first snow often falls in November but the sea is still
open. The light is fading quickly and the dusk time is getting
longer. Starlit nights are beautiful. All outdoor activities
are still possible. Weather allowing, kayaking is still possible
but warm clothing is a must. All types of fishing is very
good and pheasant shoots are continuing. Most boats are still
out on the sea but are being taken on dry land for the winter
months. Local historical sights can be visited.
Christmas is just around the corner. The sea is still open
and fishing is very good. Often snow falls also in December
and Christmas is usually white. Many outdoor sports are possible
but people prefer to stay indoors much more. This is the time
to pack a picknick basket and go into the forest to cut down
your own Christmas tree.
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