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Spring arrives in May, and the summers are short. A standing joke is that in Helsinki, summer lasts from Tuesday through Thursday. July is the warmest month, with temperatures averaging around 59°F (15°C). The coldest months are January and February, when the Finnish climate has been compared to that of New England. Snow arrives in southern Finland in December; in northern Finland in October. In Lapland, snow generally lasts until late April.

The Midnight Sun -- In Lapland the midnight sun offers the visitor an unforgettable experience.

The following places and dates are the best for seeing the midnight sun in Finland: Utsjoki, from May 17 to July 28; Ivalo, from May 23 to July 22; Sodankylä, from May 30 to July 5; on the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi, from June 6 to July 7; Kuusamo, from June 13 to July 1; and Kemi, from June 19 to June 25. Helsinki has almost 20 hours of daylight during the summer months.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.