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It's time for "Ruska"

While Finns are going back to work, recalling the summer and planning for the next one, others are still finding their way here, to spend a different kind of holiday. Autumn is a time of silence. A time to step back and calm down. It is a time for hiking in clean, crisp air and colorful surroundings. Waiting for the winter to arrive.

Autumn leaf colour, or “ruska” to locals, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that paints northern landscapes in deep and soft tones. Covered in forests and wildernesses, Finland is a prime destination for some serious leaf peeping.

The stark contrasts between the four seasons are the main characteristics of the annual natural cycle in Finland. Autumn leaf colour acts as a messenger of sorts; it bids a melancholy farewell to long summer days and serves as a reminder of the dark and cold winter that looms around the corner.

The peak season only lasts for roughly two weeks. The period varies from year to year, but the latter part of September is usually a safe bet (in Lapland) when planning a trip. The “ruska” season is popular with photographers, and why wouldn’t it be: the variety of broadleaf trees and conifers as well as berries and moss on the ground provide an array of hues of green, auburn, blue, red and yellow so vivid not capturing them would be a crime.

Locals know how to admire autumn leaf colour, which occurs in all of Finland, but gets more vibrant the further north you go. Leaf peeping trips to Lapland are standard issue with Finns, as the province is home to the biggest wilderness areas in the country. Hiking is the most favoured activity for witnessing the phenomenon, and routes vary from accessible to all to challenging enough for more experienced trekkers. The temperature is also ideal for hiking, usually around 10 degrees Celsius. Mountain biking, canoeing and fishing are staples of the season, too.

Blueberries are still good to eat off the ground at the time of autumn leaf colour. In Finland’s forests everyone can freely pick wild berries and mushrooms thanks to liberal laws of access to the land, known as Everyman’s rights.

Even though many people associate the aurora with cold and snowy winter scenery, the most active seasons are actually autumn and spring when the earth’s orientation towards the sun maximises the probability of solar flares interacting with the planet’s magnetic field to generate this phenomenon. The autumn lights are especially spectacular because the reflection on the lake creates a beautiful double aurora!




Source : visitfinland

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