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NOVEMBER -  DECEMBER: The arctic nights’ unique tranquillity and the distinctive atmosphere experienced in the wilderness dominate this time of year. There are a few hours dusk, and on occasion the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen on the sky. As a rule, the weather is cold, clear and stable. Mean temperature: -8 to -15°C.

JANUARY - FEBRUARY: Towards the end of January the days gradually become longer as the sun starts to reappear. The only people one meets on the mountain plateau at this time of year are the Sámi herding their reindeers.Mean temperature: -17°C.

MARCH - APRIL: The weather starts getting milder as the days become longer and brighter. This is a good time for ice-fishing in the many lakes found in this region. From mid-April it is bright even at night.Mean temperature: -10 to -3°C.

MAY: Mild days, chilly nights. Enjoy 24 hours of daylight and the midnight sun towards the middle of the month. The snow is just starting to melt and it is the best time for ice-fishing. Dog sledding  is still good in the mountains but in the lowlands the snow is getting slushier. The reindeer herders start to migrate with their herds towards the coast in late April or early May. Late in May, nature is "waking up" and you can literally feel the energy returning to the land. Mean temperature: +4 °C.

JUNE - JULY: Middle of June the trees are starting to sprout.  July is the salmon fishers main time and the mosquito's become active. From July the river levels are down again after the spring floods and the canoe season starts. 24 hours of daylight and Midnight Sun.  Mean temperature: + 10 to +13 °C.

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER:  Until mid-August it is bright even at night. Nature is at its most generous and it is the time for humans and animals to harvest the riches produced by nature through a light summer. Berries and mushrooms are ready to be picked and this is when the hunting season starts. Nights can become chilly as early as mid August and very importantly the mosquitoes are gone. The Finnmarksvidda plateau with its bold autumn colures, dominate the landscape in September.  In September the Finnmark plateau wraps itself in bright yellow, red and brown autumn colours. Darker nights allow you to begin seeing the magical Northern Lights. This is the best time for hiking holidays. Mean temperature: +10 to to +5°C.

OCTOBER: This is autumn, in between summer and winter. You can experience beautiful warm and sunny days and ice cold snowy days within the same week. Fishing can still be very good and for the adventurous traveller, hiking can still be an absolutely beautiful experience. The first snow is coming in October, and lakes and rivers begin to freeze. On occasion the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can be seen on the sky. It is especially common here. Because it can be seen only against a dark sky, which must be clear. Here in Karasjok, we have a continental climate, which usually means clear stable weather and not much cloudy and precipitations. The areas here around are free of light pollution, so with no competing light sources, the clarity of the night sky is excellent. Mean temperature: -1°C