Oh yes, we sure have it. Snow.
In Finnish Lapland, winter lasts about 200 days a year. Thanks to the long period of snow cover, the look and texture of snow varies greatly thus offering possibilities for various kinds of moods and sceneries.
According to the statistics, Lapland is one of the most snow-reliable shooting locations in the World. On average, Lapland receives its first temporary snow cover in October and its permanent snow cover in November. The thickest snow cover can be found in mid-march and after that the snow starts to melt rapidly. The last snow remains on the ground until late into the spring.
Under optimal circumstances, you can have access to snow for up to a half a year. However, this is not always the reality and when planning a production it is highly recommended to contact us to double-check the snow conditions at the scheduled place and time.
Lakes and rivers of Lapland freeze in the beginning of the winter. Although the surface of the water is frozen, the water is fluid (yet very, very cold) below the ice cover.
The ice cover builds up when the weather is cold enough and at it's thickest, it's capable of carrying a truck. The ice can be treacherous, though, especially early in the winter and late in the spring many people fall through the ice which is yet (or still) too weak to carry a man or a snowmobile. Therefore it is better to ask the locals if the ice is thick enough than finding it out yourself through trial.
There is some regional variance as to how much and where there is snow during the winter season. The depth of snow largely depends on the region and the existing weather conditions as well as the phase of the season, so the following statistics should not be relied on as a sole source of information when making decisions.
Under following links, you will find a list of operating webcams around Lapland depicting current weather or snow conditions at various locations. All the links open to a new page.