The Finnish Climbing Season Peaks In The Autumn

As a Finnish climber I love Finland and all the wonderful cliffs and boulders we have hidden in the woods here. But let's be honest: climbing season is short in Finland. Some devoted climbers might get a few outdoor sessions even in the winter, but early autumn is definitely more enjoyable for a rock climbing tourist.

If you decide to visit Finland and want to get as much as possible out of your climbing holiday, I'd say book your flights to Helsinki in August or September. Why? For two reasons: precipitation and temperature. Statistics show, that precipitation in all of Finland drops dramatically towards the end of August, while average temperature is still above 10 ℃. Considering these two facts, the last weeks of August and first weeks of September are best suited for visiting multiple cliffs without knowing much of their conditions beforehand.

Precipitation is an important factor, because some of our finest overhangs are shady and tend to drip long after rain. Lammi, Falkberget and Karkaus to name a few of them. Same goes with the cracks ‒ some popular traditional climbing venues like Halsvuori and Havukallio take days to dry.

Kotkanpesä (6c) at Havukallio
Havukallio has some awesome lines to climb, but the shady crag takes a while to dry.

Temperature is another important factor, when you're planning a climbing holiday in Finland. If your timing isn't right, it can get really cold or hot here. You're not likely to enjoy climbing at Olhava, Kustavi or Nalkkila for instance in mid-day during June and July, and towards the end of September the weather gets more unstable and temperature makes a sudden steep drop.

Laatta at Olhava
Laatta is the main sector at Olhava and the mighty slab can be burning hot in the summer.

Slab of Nalkkila
Can you imagine climbing this beautiful slab at Nalkkila on a hot summer day?

As you know, too hot or cold weather makes both climbing and camping uncomfortable. In August and September the temperature is usually suitable for both activities. If you're lucky, our lakes are also warm enough to swim in even without sauna.

Despite statistics, the weather in Finland can be unpredictable. It's more or less likely, that it rains more and it's a little colder here than you expected. Sometimes you might feel the autumn coming even in the beginning of September, but don't let it ruin your holiday ‒ it means the beginning of our bouldering season.

We have hundreds of magnificent granite boulders all over Finland and in September you're here just in time to enjoy them at their best. Summer tends to be a little too sweaty for squeezing the rough rock and later on in the autumn it rains a lot.

Riistavuori
Summer days can be too hot for squeezing the Finnish granite boulders even in the shade.

So: all things and climbing styles (except for ice climbing) considered, early Autumn is the best time to visit Finland. As long as you pack some mosquito repellent in your backpack, you're guaranteed to enjoy the Finnish sport climbing, bouldering and traditional climbing venues. See you here!

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