Long days. Short nights. Sunshine all through the night. Golden glow over the landscape. Scenery bathing in warm light and pastel colours. Nocturnal activities. This is the authentic Midnight Sun in Finland – not just a myth.Midnight Sun. White Night. Nightless Night. Polar Day. Many names for one beautiful natural phenomenon that is caused by the tilt of the Earth’s axis in relation to its orbit around the sun resulting in long days and short nights. During peak season, the sun does not set at all.In Finland the Midnight Sun takes place during the summer months of June and July north of the Arctic Circle when the sun remains visible at midnight. The further north you go, the longer the sun stays above the horizon. In the very northernmost parts of Finland the full Midnight Sun can be experienced from May to August. Only clouds and fog can hide the Midnight Sun during the season.Although the Midnight Sun only shines above the Arctic Circle, nights are white all over the country. Late at night, the sun briefly pops below the horizon for a few hours before rising again, blurring the boundaries between fading night and dawning day. Even Helsinki, the capital of Finland, on the south coast has daylight around the clock as the sun sets after 11 pm and rises already at 4 am.I know that many people struggle with sleeping during the long white summer nights. But luckily for me it is always dark when I close my eyes, so going to sleep is no harder than normally. Despite I do use curtains and blinds in the bedroom. The Midnight Sun however increases my energy levels and I absolutely love spending time in the outdoors enjoying the serene summer nights.The Midnight Sun is definitely at its best in the countryside by a lake when the sun takes on light pastel colours in pink, purple and yellow and the scenery baths in warm light. When the waters are calm, all you can hear is silence and birds twittering around.The season with the Midnight Sun is so short and special, and therefore it should be enjoyed to the max. The White Nights give us extra hours to enjoy lots of outdoor summer activities. A nocturnal swim and sauna is an absolute must under the Midnight Sun. My favourite activities in the countryside also include canoeing, fishing, boating and just sitting by the water listening to silence and enjoying the golden glow over the landscape.In the city I love having a late night picnic by the seaside, a BBQ in the garden or just chillaxing on the balcony. You can basically do pretty much anything during the white summer nights, so why sleep! You can sleep in autumn and winter when the sun stays below the horizon as the dark Polar Nights take over.Have you had a chance to experience the Midnight Sun? How did you like it?
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