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 Continue reading
For Finns, Midsummer at the end of June means celebration of the long white night, also called the nightless night. In Helsinki this means that the sun sets at 10:50 pm and rises already a couple of hours later at 3:55 am. In the northern part of Finland the sun does not set at all. The nightless night (yötön yö in Finnish) and the midnight sun (keskiyön aurinko in Finnish) of the Finnish midsummer make a great contrast to the darkness of the wintertime.The streets of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, fall fairly silent during the long Midsummer (Juhannus in Finnish) weekend when most locals head to the countryside to their summer houses by a lake or by the sea. However, there are plenty of events and festivals to enjoy under Helsinki’s midnight sun, too. Continue reading
In summertime, people in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, literally live in the outdoors, especially along the beautiful seashores where some of the best summer cafes, bars and restaurants can be found. Some of them are only open during the summer months so make sure you visit at least the following unique summer cafes to feel the real summer atmosphere of Helsinki.
1. Cafe Regatta
This charming red wooden cottage, Cafe Regatta, next to the water in Töölö is the cutest little cafe in town, loved by locals for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls (korvapuusti in Finnish). You can even barbecue sausages in the patio right there and then. Interesting vintage interior and decoration makes every visit a small adventure.
2. Cafe Birgitta Hernesaari
Located at the southwestern tip of the city peninsula in Hernesaari, Cafe Birgitta is a newcomer to the waterfront pleasures of the city. Opened last summer, this modern seaside cafe is a real beauty. The exceptionally Continue reading