Most certainly cold
- 186 days long winter season
- 116 days below -10 °C
- 51 days below -20 °C
- 9 days below -30 °C
Based on the weather data 2017-2022 from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Lapland Proving Ground is located 200 km above the Arctic Circle in the municipality of Muonio, in the most Northern area of Finland. The leading car brands have carried out their winter testing in the Muonio area since the late 1980s mainly because of its excellent location. The peaceful environment and beautiful fell scenery creates a unique working experience for our customers.
Travelling to the LPG works smoothly thanks to the good flight connections. The closest airport is in Kittilä only a 50 minute drive from the LPG. Daily flight connections Helsinki-Kittilä and weekly direct flights Germany-Kittilä are available during the season making travelling convenient and efficient. The airport in Rovaniemi, the capital city of Lapland, also offers additional support with good flight connections. Transportation of test vehicles and other goods takes approximately 3-4 days from Europe using the safe main road connections either through Finland or Sweden. Logistic coming further can also be directed to the harbours of Northern Norway (e.g. Tromsø), where we have a good road connection from Muonio.
For all other ways to reach us, just ask some tips or we will organize something for you!
Our testing area is situated 200 km above the Arctic Circle but still far away from the Arctic Ocean. The thermic winter season in Muonio is over 6 months long. Here you are able to run the cold climate vehicle testing from late October until late April. Thanks to the natural location of the LPG the weather type during the midwinter is very stable, which suits well for the vehicle testing.
The cold weather is absolutely our benefit compared to the test facilities located more south. In order to run successful cold climate vehicle test procedures you will need long periods of cold and stable conditions. Our location guarantees this!