‘Is it really true that in Finland the sun doesn’t set at all in the summer?’
I can’t believe how many times I was asked this question when I was visiting Düsseldorf last weekend. Meeting dozens of friends and ex-colleagues from all over the world was amazing. In one evening I was talking through with as many people as possible about everything I have been doing and planning to do since returning to Finland.
And about how is the Finnish summer really like.
There are many myths about Finland that foreigners don’t really know whether to believe to be true or not. Like are polar bears actually walking on the streets down here? Or is Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, really from Finland? (This was actually the only question I was asked by my British soon-to-be-bosses after flying me over to London for a job interview a few years back.)
I have also heard people wondering if the Moomins are running freely in the woods down here or if people in Finland live in igloos. Among all these funny myths, the most asked question seems to be ‘is it true that in Finland the sun doesn’t set at all in the summer’?
Well, I’m very sorry to tell you that we don’t have polar bears in Finland. We don’t either live in igloos, and the Moomins are just characters created by Tove Jansson, they are not real. Santa Claus instead, yeah, he really lives in Finland. And the myth of the Midnight Sun isn’t just a myth, it’s true.
The sun doesn’t stay up for 24 hours a day for the whole summer, but there is a period of time when we do have sunlight throughout the night. How long that period is depends on which part of Finland do you live in.
And to break one another myth; Finnish summer lasts a lot longer than one week.
‘How do those light summer nights look like?’
This was the next question I was asked after telling my friends about the Midnight Sun. As describing this beautiful phenomena with words turned out to be a bit difficult, I thought I should rather show it. I don’t have many pictures of the luminous nights myself, so I reached out to VisitFinland for a helping hand. Or helping photographs, should I say.
This is how the Midnight Sun in Finland looks like, with its’ different variations. Enjoy.
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