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So what's the best time to see moose? The short answer is anytime between April and September. A longer answer follows.

Finland has very distinct seasons. Spring arrives later than further south and west in Europe. In April there is plenty of light, but temperatures are cold compared to what you may have experienced further south. Most years we still get some snow in April, but mostly snow has melted in Southern Finland. Around mid-May leaves bud to trees and the moose give birth.

The north-bound mass migration of arctic birds takes place in April and May. Millions of water birds and hundreds of thousands of geese migrate via the Gulf of Finland to their nesting places on the arctic tundra. Moose Safari can take you to see this on the shores of the Baltic Sea during the day before moose spotting in the evening. Songbirds are also most active this time of the year.

Early summer in June is still usually pretty cold in Finland, especially at night. But there is a lot of light, a LOT of it. It's also very nice light for photography as the sun sets very slowly at a low angle and dips behind the horizon just briefly before starting a very gradual rising. In July and August, the weather can be very pleasant with warm but rarely too hot temperatures. In 2018 summer was very hot in Northern Europe. But never trust Finnish summer, it can also be cool even when it's supposed to be a bit warmer. 

May, June, July and early August are good for moose observation because there is light at night. Here is a rough guide to when it's somewhat dark at night in Helsinki:

April: 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

May: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

June and July: 11 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Early August: 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Late August: 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

September: 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

As you can see, it gets dark very late between May and early August. The moose and deer are very active two to three hours before it gets dark, allowing plenty of time to observe them. This is also a good time to see baby moose and deer when they are small and cute. 

Moose rutting season starts in September and there is a lot of moose action then. If you are unfamiliar with the word "rut", it means the time when moose make babies. 

Moose antlers: moose shed their antlers and grow new ones every year. The antlers start to grow in spring. In April they have tiny antlers. The antlers grow very fast especially during the middle of summer when the moose have plenty to eat. In July the antlers are already significant in size. They reach their full glory in August and September. The antlers are shed during winter around December and January. If you are interested in seeing/photographing bull moose with big antlers, July to September are the best times for this. 

Moose hunting season starts in October. It's not a pleasant time for moose safari because the moose get very timid and bullets fly over your head or at least it feels that way. 

Winter is beautiful in Finland, but the moose are considerably harder to spot. For one, days are much shorter. Also, the moose do not move as much and do not come to open areas as much as during summer. For this reason, Moose Safari mostly operates between May and September.

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