Happy Midsummer

21 Jun

or Hauskaa Juhannusta as the locals say.

At Helsinki’s latitude (60 10 N, 25 0 e) the sun does set for a few hours, however the sky does not darken, dusk merely merges into dawn. This morning the sun rose at 0354 and will set again at 2250.

2328 and the sky is still bright

0314 this morning – the sun is about to rise

A new day has dawned

Midsummer also marks an unofficial start to the summer holiday season. Many people start their annual summer vacation on this weekend.

My apologies in advance if you are visiting Helsinki this weekend. It will be very quiet. I didn’t believe that the city could be so quiet and was quite shocked the first (and only) time we stayed in Helsinki over the midsummer weekend. The majority of people head out of the city, either to their cottage (by the sea or on a lake) or by boat. This weekend sees many guest marinas filled and overflowing as sailors jostle for the best harbours and an elusive sauna slot.

It’s not all doom and gloom however. Seurasaari host a traditional bonfire on the island, bringing the country to the city and Linnanmäki have a traditional dance arranged on their new entertainment stage.

The author is leaving town with the family so I’ll take this opportunity to wish you a great midsummer. Hauskaa juhannusta!

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5 Responses to “Happy Midsummer”

  1. El Guapo 21/06/2012 at 16:07 #

    I think I would enjoy some time in a place where the sun barely set (if it were warm too.)
    Not sure how I’d feel about being there in midwinter though…

    Have a great holiday!

    • Kanerva 21/06/2012 at 16:13 #

      Thanks! I’ll do a mid winter post at the appropriate time 🙂

    • Kanerva 26/06/2012 at 12:52 #

      Yes, see today’s post about ‘warmth’ or lack thereof 🙂 It was a lovely weekend, I’ll post about it on the Taswegian page sometime in the future 🙂

  2. Jennifer 22/06/2012 at 00:33 #

    how do you sleep????
    Love the pics to show the (minor) difference and a winter one would be cool too 🙂

    • Kanerva 26/06/2012 at 12:51 #

      Getting to sleep is generally not a problem, being woken at ridiculous hours of the morning by singing birds is sometimes an issue 😉

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