Many thanks, T, Hi there, glad it was useful! Will it fully booked ? Hi Leanne, my trip was in early January (we flew out on the 2nd). So instead we mainly self-catered. These datas are probabilities for november from weather reports for over 10 years. Spring begins in early April in Åland and the southwestern archipelago and later in April elsewhere, except for northernmost Lapland, where it does not begin until early May. On 4 October, bad weather prevented Finnish air cover from reaching Tornio, leaving the fourth landing wave vulnerable. Thank You. Showing: All Year January February March April May June July August September October November December  In north-western Lapland, only four battalions of Finnish troops were left on 4 November and by February 1945, a mere 600 men. Lapland gets usually first snowfalls in the end of September, but it won’t usually be before the end of October, when snow completely covers the ground. Lapland is found in the north of Finland and has a cool subarctic climate. Keep on updating your blog with such awesome information. Until then it’s definitely possible to visit on a reasonable budget and still get the amazing experiences. I really want this trip to be "cold". You could have made a nice train trip to Kemi. As a counterbalance to the sleepy world of snow and ice, the Northern Lights flash across the clear night skies. Another top month to visit Finland! , There was never an official peace agreement signed between Finland and Germany. During the cold waves that hit Europe, the Faroe Islands are generally affected by a high pressure of subtropical origin, which brings mild and sunny weather. Total transport cost (excluding flights): €25/£23/$30 per person – €6/£6/$8 a day on average. German attempts to fight the fire failed and a train loaded with ammunition caught fire at the railroad station on 14 October, resulting in an explosion which spread the fire throughout the primarily wooden buildings of the town. , Finnish demobilisation and difficult supply routes took their toll. Finland responded by denying ships to sail from Finland to Germany and nearly doomed the materiel evacuations of Operation Birke. If you’re on a longer trip, we’ll still kit you out with the necessary gear, which is yours for the duration of your holiday. After a series of minor battles, the war came to an effective end in November 1944, when German troops had reached Norway or its vicinity and took fortified positions.  The first German naval mines were laid in Finnish seaways on 14 September 1944, allegedly for use against Soviet shipping, though since Finland and Germany were not yet in open conflict, the Germans warned the Finns of their intent. The Soviet troops in Ivalo did not leave until September 1945. Answer 1 of 4: Hi... we are planning to do Lapland & Rovaniemi in October. So the order was rescinded and then the Finns, in turn, allowed Finnish tonnage to be used to hasten the German evacuations. is that even possible? In spring, the mean daily temperature rises from 0°C to 10°C. We’ll lend you a cosy all-in-one thermal suit, as well as boots, gloves, socks and a hat. The weather is cold in December but if you wrap up warm and don’t stay out too long you should be fine. Finland sells alcohol through state-run Alko shops, which are the only place you can buy spirits, wine and beer over 5.5%.  Before deciding to accept the Soviet demands, President Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, former Finnish commander-in-chief, wrote a letter directly to Adolf Hitler:. The Germans planned to withdraw their forces northward in order to shield the nickel mines near Petsamo (Russian: Pechenga).  The Germans initially concentrated on destroying governmental buildings in Rovaniemi, but the fire spread and destroyed housing beyond that.  In response to the German operations, Finland immediately removed its shipping from the joint evacuation operation, but the evacuation from Lapland to Norway progressed according to the secret agreement. , On 7 October, the Finnish Jaeger Brigade forced the German Mountain Regiment 218 to fight a delaying action off of their pre-set timetable at Ylimaa, some 65 km (40 mi) south of Rovaniemi. Lower budget? It’s possible to see the phenomenon in any part of Lapland – if the weather conditions are right, but the best bet is in February-March and September-October. Hi.  On 9 April 1944, the German withdrawal plan was designated as Operation Birke. At Tankavaara, 60 km (37 mi) south of Ivalo, barely four battalions of the Finnish Jaeger Brigade attempted, unsuccessfully, on 26 October to dislodge the twelve-battalion-strong German 169th Infantry Division, entrenched in prepared fortifications. Gebirgsarmee) stationed in Lapland. Lapland is located in northernmost Finland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. You can sleep under the stars (and the Northern Lights if you’re lucky) in a glass-roofed igloo*, spend a day on the ski slopes at Ounasvaara Ski Resort or take a private aurora hunting or husky tour. Please can you comment with the link to the AirBnB as the one on the post only goes to AirBnB itself, not the property rental. For example, in late January 1999, the temperature reached 10 °C (50 °F), while a descent of cold air from the north pole brought temperatures of -40 °C (-40 °F) in Lapland, and snow as far as the southern Italy. Higher budget? Our original plan was to mix self-catering and eating out in the evenings, but we didn’t take into account how hard it would be to drag ourselves back out in the cold after it’d been dark since 3pm and we had a roaring fire going! By 5 November, Soviet reconnaissance troops met with the Finnish Army at Ivalo. The Finnish Army was required by the Soviet Union to demobilise and to pursue German troops out of Finnish soil.  The task was further complicated by the Soviet demand that the majority of the Finnish Defence Forces be demobilised while conducting a military campaign against the Germans. There are some tours you can do with more of a ceremony too. We are family with a Kid. Now it’s time for autumn-winter, mystical and calm shoulder season between autumn and winter in Lapland. We did a big shop at the large K-Citymarket superstore in Rovaniemi at the start of the week. Travelers flock to the country's many ski resorts and also take part in wintry activities like snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and ice fishing. Also, October is the time when some unexpected Northern Lights can occur: even thought the Aurora forecast is low, there can be a good Auroras out there! By 1973, over 800,000 cartridges, 70,000 mines and 400,000 other explosives had been demined in Lapland, a total of 1,142,000 units. The 20th Mountain Army had been fighting the Soviet Karelian Front since Operation Barbarossa along the 700 km (430 mi) stretch from Oulu River to the Arctic Ocean.  By 25 October, the front captured the Norwegian port of Kirkenes. 14,900 buildings representing around 40–46 percent of Lapland's property; 3,700 km (2,300 mi) of phone and telegram lines. The Germans continued their withdrawal but remained in positions first at Palojoensuu village, 150 km (93 mi) from Norway, in early November 1944. Yes unfortunately that’s going to be a bit more pricey! The Moscow Armistice, signed on 19 September 1944, demanded for Finland to break diplomatic ties with Germany and to expel or disarm any German soldiers remaining in Finland after 15 September 1944. Due to this, the Finnish soldiers were mostly conscripts, as veterans were transferred away from the front.  Likewise, on 26 October at Muonio, 200 km (120 mi) south-east of defensive positions in Norway, the German 6th SS Mountain Division Nord reinforced by Kampfgruppe Esch again had numerical and material superiority with artillery and armoured support. On 8 October, the Germans bombed and heavily damaged factory areas of Kemi.  This took the Germans by surprise as the Finns had previously agreed to warn them should they be forced to take hostile action against them. But Scandinavia has a reputation for being one of the most expensive places to travel, so how much does it really cost to visit Lapland? Hi, there’s a line in the middle of Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi which marks the Arctic Circle so you can literally just cross it! This part of the world is a Christmas card come to life. Lapland experiences snowy conditions from October through May, while southern Finland is a bit more mild, experiencing four to five months of winter. We know people have their favourite holiday providers and hotel chains, so we've teamed up with some popular travel brands to create unique weather guides to help you choose your next holiday destination. Lapland is known for its snowy climate, and is a very popular destination during the Christmas season. I am planning to go to Finnish Lapland in the first week of October (1st October to 5th October) to see Northern Lights.I am not sure whether I my decision is rational or not. The snow cover is usually thickest in early April. Two regiments, Infantry Regiment 15 and Border Jaeger Regiment, reinforced the III Corps. The Finns considered the war a separate conflict because hostilities with other nations had ceased after the Continuation War. Finland introduced new travel-related health security measures in early October. , The 20th Mountain Army successfully withdrew most of its over 200,000 men as well as supplies and equipment from Lapland to continue defending occupied Finnmark from the USSR.  The Finns attacked Kemi on 7 October, attempting to encircle the Germans into a motti with a frontal attack by the 15th Brigade and an attack from the rear by Detachment Pennanen. Would be nice if anyone can suggest about how the weather will be and what are the things & places one should cover or visit. I sometimes opt for a boutique hostel so that he has some young-ish company, but the prices are so outrageous, it’s cheaper to book an art hotel or boutique hotel instead! The number of Finnish troops dropped sharply as the Germans withdrew and the Finnish Army was demobilised; by December 1944 only 12,000 were left. The army was positioned as follows:, The III Corps (Finnish: III armeijakunta, III AK) led by Lieutenant General Hjalmar Siilasvuo gradually shifted from the defence of the Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive to the latitude of Oulu and was fully repositioned by 28 September. It is … In addition, the Germans surveyed defensive positions and planned to evacuate as much materiel as possible from the region, and meticulously prepared for withdrawal. The Finnish Navy's gunboats Hämeenmaa, Uusimaa and VMV-class patrol boats 15 and 16 arrived with the sixth wave just in time to witness German Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor bombers attacking the shipping at Tornio with Henschel Hs 293 glide bombs without results. The percentage indicates the probability of having the weather mentioned. Rovaniemi airport is only around 9km outside of town and 3km from Santa Claus Holiday Village.  In June 1944, the Germans started to construct fortifications against a possible enemy advance from the south. As Finnish infantry slowly picked their way through the dense woods and marshland, the motorised German units would simply drive away and take up positions further down the road. Travelzoo: Top offers with fully refundable vouchers. The German withdrawal allowed the Finns to surround one of the delaying battalions, but Mountain Regiment 218 returned and managed to rescue the stranded battalion. My trip took place in January 2019 but prices have been updated where possible to costs at December 2020. The USSR sent aircraft to support the Finnish defenders and the Kriegsmarine failed to capture Suursaari. October is a great time to visit Lapland in order to see Autumn leaf color turn from green to reddish and yellow all over. Generic astronomy calculator to calculate times for sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset for many cities, with daylight saving time and time zones taken in account. They can be difficult to see as you never know what the weather is like but I imagine December would have longer nights so a better chance. Could you shed some light on this at all? We didn’t unfortunately – they were only visible for one night and that was cloudy so we missed out. During the ensuing battle, the German Divisionsgruppe Kräutler, a reinforced regiment, conducted several counterattacks to retake the town as it formed an important transportation link between the two roads running parallel to the Kemi and Tornio Rivers.  On 30 September, the Finns attempted to encircle the Germans at Pudasjärvi into a pocket (called a motti in Finnish, originally meaning 1 m3 (35 cu ft) of firewood) with flanking movements through the forests and managed to cut the road leading north. The last German soldiers left Finland on 27 April 1945, shortly before the end of World War II in Europe. The winters are cold and rich in snow, but thanks to the Gulf Stream, the summers are relatively warm. I'm Lucy – a travel blogger 'On the Luce', helping you maximise your travel time and money, sharing tips for travel adventures with a touch of affordable luxury. The first ground-covering snow arrives on average in October or late September. I went to Norway for 3.5 days in January, and the prices were pretty much the same. So we picked a couple of things we really wanted to do – a visit to the Husky Park (€10) with a short 500m ride on a husky sled (€30) and a 15-minute reindeer sleigh ride (€29). Thanks John – it wasn’t as bad as I’d expected either, though did make it cheaper being in a group, and as you say it’s a special experience that you’re not going to be doing every year! , From the start of the war, the Germans had systematically destroyed and mined the roads and bridges as they withdrew in a delaying strategy. Lucy . Spring. I think Lapland is pretty safe all year! Normally when buy the best German white wine, it costs about 10 -11 Euros. For a group of us it’s been much better value to book an apartment but you do miss out on the social aspect if you’re travelling solo. An Astronomy Voyage runs from October to March, following the Aurora Borealis, with astronomers on board. , Evacuation and naval operations in September, Initial land battles in September and October. Photo: Hege Abrahamsen.  On 9 October, the demolition order was extended to include all governmental buildings with the exception of hospitals. We paid £100 return for easyJet flights from London Gatwick, booked three months in advance.  The 14th Army pursued German troops withdrawing southwest from Petsamo and Kirkenes approximately 50 km (31 mi) into Finnish territory along Lake Inari. As early as the summer of 1943, the German high command Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) began to plan for the eventuality that Finland might negotiate a separate peace agreement with the Soviet Union. Browse the weather guides for specific destinations offered by your preferred provider or search for the … By then, however, the bulk of the German force at Pudasjärvi had already left, leaving behind only a small detachment which, after warning the Finns, blew up a munitions dump.  The accidental death of Generaloberst Eduard Dietl on 23 June 1944 brought Generaloberst Lothar Rendulic to the command of the 20th Mountain Army. is it safe to visit Lapland in December ? Prices vary through the winter too – the period before Christmas is peak season so you pay a premium versus visiting between January and March. The long-lasting snow cover makes Lapland an ideal place for leisure activities like dog-sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Or there’s an array of bucket-list-worthy places to stay like forest cabins and glass igloos where you won’t get much change from €500 a night.  The Finnish Infantry Regiment 11 was reinforced with Infantry Regiments 50 and 53. Winter in Sweden. The harsh winter is perfect for winter sports and activities of all kind which is why Lapland is popular with tourists seeking to experience the Arctic winter. I’ve always wanted to spend the night in one of the igloos. Holiday weather, updated 4 times a day to keep you upto date. Unfortunately I think my plane ticket from the US might cost more than £100! will October be good for that? Great blog. Large amounts of materiel were evacuated from southern Finland and harsh punishments were set for any hindering of the withdrawal. The latter part of August is often a great period for birding here but alas the weather intervened again bringing northerly winds and the coolest summer bank holiday on record. , A second wave of four Finnish ships arrived on 2 October and a third wave—three ships strong and with Brewster F2A fighter escorts—landed its troops with only a single ship being lightly damaged by German Stuka dive bombers. The Caribbean has a tropical climate so you’ll find hot and sunny weather all year round. The Wehrmacht completely withdrew from Finland by 27 April 1945 and a Finnish battle patrol raised the flag on the three-country cairn between Norway, Sweden and Finland to celebrate the end of the wars. The Germans told the Finns they had no interest in fighting them, but would not surrender. Permanent snow cover comes between mid-October and the end of November, significantly earlier than in southern Finland.  The Finns beat back German counterattacks for a week until 8 October, when the Germans withdrew from Tornio. , One of the best-known works settings events on the Lapland War is the 2011 novel The Midwife by Katja Kettu, on the basis of which Antti Jokinen made the film Wildeye in 2015. Calculations of sunrise and sunset in Lapland – Finland for October 2021. Our German brothers-in-arms will forever remain in our hearts.  The Germans began to seize Finnish shipping. Lapland weather in November is extremely cold and temperatures often dip below 0°C. In the Arctic Lapland, we have 8 seasons. The latter part of the war was therefore dubbed the "Children's Crusade" (Finnish: lasten ristiretki) in Finland. Hi Saoirse, I just updated the post and double checked the prices and most were still the same (though the pound has dropped against the Euro) – have added links to the places for activities at Santa’s Village so you can see which we used. By November, there’s usually a heavy blanket of snow that lasts until mid-March. , When Allied advances continued, German high command OKW and 20th Mountain Army leadership asserted that it would be perilous to maintain positions in Lapland and east of Lyngen municipality in northern Norway. October; November; December; Back to top. I’ve been to Denmark many times, Finland and Sweden, and their prices are not as bad as you’d think! Weather guides by brand. I want snow and lots of it. From there, they moved to the fortified Sturmbock-Stellung position along the Lätäseno River, 100 km (62 mi) from Norway, on 26 November. Would you recommend late December or late March? Thus, Lieutenant General Siilasvuo ordered the III Corps to engage. Many Finns travel north to wander in the midst of it. , As the Finns wanted to avoid devastation of their country, and the Germans wished to avoid hostilities, both sides strove for the evacuation to be performed as smoothly as possible. This prevented the Finnish 11th Division from gaining the upper hand despite initially fairly successful flanking operations by Infantry Regiments 8 and 50. Hi, Could you explain on ‘crossing the arctic circle’ ? Classic Norwegian Coastal Voyages (6-12 days - October to March) Multiple offers 12 days Regular departures. Trade winds blow in from the east, bringing an enjoyable sea breeze that helps to cool things down and lower humidity levels at the same time. Kittila is 21 miles from Lapland, so the actual climate in Lapland can vary a bit. Or a bottle of wine in a restaurant costs around €30.  The Finns initially landed the Infantry Regiment 11 (Finnish: Jalkaväkirykmentti 11) of the 3rd Division, which, together with a Civil Guard-led uprising at Tornio, managed to secure both the port and most of the town as well as the bridges over the Tornio River. The opposing forces were roughly even numerically and the lack of heavy weapons and exhaustion from long marches prevented the Finnish brigade from trapping the defending Germans before it received permission to withdraw on 9 October after causing substantial losses to the Finns. Weather in Cape Verde in February Call us on: 0203 451 2688 Some images shown throughout this website do not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face masks and physical distancing requirements. Weather and climate. Our house came with an amazing BBQ hut in the garden, so we cooked a side of salmon over the fire out there one night. We booked a five-bedroom house through AirBnB which sleeps up to 11 people and cost €1789/£1620/$2169 for four nights in January (including fees). The daylight hours range from 2-6 hours a day during the winter months. If you’re coming to Lapland for the day, wear warm clothes and only take hand luggage on the plane. The Finnish Jaeger Brigade pursuing them had by then been mostly demobilised. On average, the island has around 1,140mm of yearly rainfall, with October having the most rain spread over 16 days of the month. As ordered by Generaloberst Rendulic, the Germans took 262 Finnish civilian hostages in an attempt to trade them for captured soldiers. If you’re looking for a winter long weekend break that ticks all the boxes – snow, Santa, saunas and sleigh rides included – then a trip inside the Arctic Circle to Lapland is just what you need. 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