Seasons and Weather
If you want to experience snow and winter, plan your trip for late November to early April. Between the first week of December and the first week of January is the time of the Polar Night, the sun does not rise above the horizon at all. The hours of daylight are very short, from about 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. The quality of light can be very beautiful, similar to what you may see just after sunset. The reflection of light on the snow adds to the beauty and brightens up the night.
The sun begins to return in January and early February but still sits low on the horizon. The beautiful light, deep cold and thick blanket of snow create an amazing, magical atmosphere.
By mid March the days and nights are about equal in length, the sun really starts to warm up the day, and it is a great time to be outdoors and active.
The days get longer and by the end of May we have Midnight Sun and 24 hour daylight. The sun does not set again until about the middle of July. Summer weather can be quite variable with cool to warm temperatures and rainy or sunny weather. Thundershowers and rainbows are quite common in June. An explosion of wildflowers occurs around early to mid June. Late June to the end of August is the season for mosquitoes and gnats.
The first frost is usually at the beginning of September and with it we say goodbye to the mosquitoes and gnats for another year. September brings autumn colours and as the hours of daylight shorten, the season for the Northern Lights is again upon us.