Kilpisjärvi, where it's located

The climate of Kilpisjärvi is subarctic, with freezing winters and cool summers.
The village is at 500 meters (1,600 feet) above sea level, in the extreme north-west of Finland, near the Swedish and Norwegian border, and close to Lake Kilpisjärvi and Mount Saana. Not far away is Mount Halti, the highest in Finland with its 1,365 meters or 4,478 feet (although the peak is in Norway). Since we are at the 69th parallel, so north of the Polar Circle, the sun does not rise (polar night) from December 1st to January 11th, while the sun can be seen at midnight from May 22nd to July 23rd. The white nights occur from April 14th to August 30th.
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of -13.1 °C (8 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 11.7 °C (53 °F). The temperature fell to -40.8 °C (-41.5 °F) in February 1985, while it reached 28.3 °C (83 °F) in July 2018. Here are the average temperatures.
Kilpisjärvi - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-18-18-15-9-24862-3-12-17
Max (°C)-8-8-50612161482-4-7
Min (°F)00516283946433627101
Max (°F)181823324354615746362519

Precipitation amounts to 485 millimeters (19.1 inches) per year: it is therefore quite scarce. It ranges from 25 mm (1 in) in the driest months (April, May) to 75 mm (3 in) in the wettest (July). Given the location and altitude, we are in one of the snowiest places in Finland. Snow covers the ground from October to May, and reaches its maximum height (about 90 cm or 35 in) in March and April. Here is the average precipitation.
Kilpisjärvi - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)503530252540754535403545485
Prec.(in)21.41.2111.631.81.41.61.41.819.1
Days1197768108810910103

Kilpisjärvi

Best Time


The best time to visit Kilpisjärvi is the summer, in July and August, since they are the mildest months. However, you must take into account some rainy days and a bit of cold at night.