Due to its geographical position, Central Finland is the region where you can enjoy all the four seasons of the year. Winter usually starts with the first snowfalls at the end of November. The temperatures in November-December can reach -10°C but do not drop below the -15°C mark. The past five years, December has been rather “warm” with the temperatures rising above 0°C.
January and February tend to be the coldest months of the year with temperatures reaching -28°C. These are also the months with some heavy snowfalls. In March, the temperatures can go up to the zero point. March is often considered to be the best month for winter sports and outdoor activities, as the temperatures stay comfortably low for the snow to stay on the surface, and there is much more sunlight.
The spring comes in April, and this is the month with the least stable weather – it can rain, snow or shine. Mid-May is often the period of time when you can feel that the spring is indeed behind the corner. By this time, all the snow melts, the ice surface on lakes melts down and the first spots of green colour can be seen here and there.
In June, temperatures can fluctuate between +10°C and +20°C. It is often the summer month with the heaviest precipitation. July and August are rather warm months with the temperatures reaching +20-25°C. With the long summer days June, July and August are perhaps the best months to visit the region. Impressive landscapes and endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities are what attracts many tourists to Central Finland. Starting from the end of June there are also many berries (e.g. blueberries and cloudberries) in the forests, which anyone can pick up as much as one wishes. The Everyman’s Right allows anyone to pick up berries and mushrooms in Finnish forests without limitations.
September and October can be rather warm. At the end of September starts the so called ‘ruska’ period, or golden autumn. The array of the colours from yellow to dark red with the spots of evergreen trees is spectacular. This is also the period of time when you can enjoy long walks in the forests.