Finland’s ruska

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ruska time in Finland

changing colours in Finland’s ruska.

Ruska is the name given by Finns to what we call autumn.

Unlike other destinations that are widely known for the changing colour of their foliage in autumn like New England and the New Forest, Finland is rarely considered. As their leaf colour change takes place earlier than many places, it is ideal as a short break holiday possibility in September. Even though it lasts for just about a fortnight, it never gets too busy to make the visitor regret the choice. Or at least, it doesn’t yet!

Although ruska occurs all over Finland, Lapland is the place to head to so here are three suggestions of places you might consider visiting

Kilpisjärvi is a tiny village located in the north of Finland on the Norwegian / Swedish border. This place is one of the few in the world where visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights and ruska simultaneously in an area of untamed natural beauty. In addition you can follow kayaking on the lake, fell walking and climbing. For more information about Kilpisjärvi, click here To get there, Finnair flies from Heathrow or Manchester to Kittilä via Helsinki. From Kittilä there is a bus connection to Kilpisjärvi.

Muonio is located along the Swedish border of Finnish Lapland and offers activities for the adventurous ruska traveller including river rafting and quad biking. Those who wish to enjoy ruska at a more relaxed pace can take a self-guided or escorted walk on the fells or a trip on a fishing boat The holiday centre, Harriniva,  has one of the largest husky farms in Finland, housing approximately 400 dogs where visitors can meet the For more information, click here  (website just in Finnish but do look at the images. Again the way to get there is via Kittilä via Helsinki and there is a bus connection to Muonio

Ylläs is one of Finland’s most popular ski resorts during the winter months however in September, before the snowy winter season, the seven fells of the area offer great terrain for foliage change. The Pallas-Ylläs National Park offers challenging trekking and walking and there are several round trip cycling routes taking in a combination of stunning scenery and authentic villages. Again there is a bus connection from Kittila to Ylläs

For further information on Finland,  click here .

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