Hiking and Nordic Walking

Fall in love with the Midnight Sun!

Lapland Feeling Lodge is situated in the middle of summer activities and just on the edge of the Pallas-Ylläs National Park. From the middle of June the sun doesn’t go down for two whole months. Nature is controlled by the Midnight Sun – and you with nature. The time of the Midnight Sun is followed by a period of two months when the forest and the fells glow with the autumn hues.

The choice of the activities is up to you: from free sports to guided activities, from hiking in Pallas-Ylläs National Park to salmon fishing on the Tornio-Muonio river – the border between Finland and Sweden.

Autumn leaf and subshrub colours

We all enjoy and wonder at autumn foliage. However, bear in mind this particular reason to visit Ylläs, Lapland for autumn foliage: Namely not only trees and shrubs in forests, fells and wetlands but also subshrubs, plants growing almost along the ground, like calluna, blueberry and dwarf birch burn in brilliant colours there.  

When days get shorter and shorter, plants know that winter is coming, and they need to get prepared for it. The evergreens, like pines and spruces, have wax coated needles and are thus able to survive. Deciduous trees, shrubs and subshrubs must however protect themselves differently to withstand hard winter.

Eventually they need to drop their leaves, but just before their leaves fall, they bid a farewell to the summer in a most spectacular way: they turn their leaves into various shades of yellow, orange, gold, red, brown, even blue and purple. This is what we call autumn foliage, or ruska nicely in Finnish. 

One of the main reasons why autumn coloration happens is due to chlorophyll, a pigment responsible to the green colour, which finally disappears from the leaves when the length of night increases in the autumn. Molecules responsible for chlorophyll escape from the plant’s leaves to its branches, trunk and roots. This gives room to other pigments, for instance, to carotenoids, to colour leaves in yellow and orange. Furthermore, the production of anthocyanin pigments increases, which transforms leaves into red and purple. 

In Lapland the peak season to spot autumn colours is usually in August-September. We never know however how bright autumn foliage may become. This depends on weather conditions and moisture mainly. If days are sunny and warm and successive nights cool and crispy but not yet freezing, there are good chances that autumn colours flame bright and intense. 

If people love to admire the bright colour palette of autumn coloration, some animals however react differently. Old Samí people in Lapland know that grouse tend to escape it and fish swim into deeper waters.

The Magic of Autumn’s Colours on the ground and the sky 

Why would you visit Ylläs in the autumn? The bright summer nights and sultry days are already behind. In Ylläs you can experience a worldwide exceptional, spectacular colour show in nature : During the day time the ground vegetation glows together with trees and shrubs in thousands different shades of autumn colours. During the night time, on the other hand, the crackle and dance of northern lights in all colours of rainbow, the twinkle of stars and the enchanting moonlight penetrating a dark forest create a unique and magical atmosphere to the day and night of the autumn in Ylläs.

That’s why you need to visit Ylläs and Lapland in the autumn. No other season can provide you with such a unique experience, in amazing colours. 

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Renting of boats, canoes etc: On your arrival.