Juhannus

Juhannus

Levi, Lapland

Juhannus is the Finnish name for Mid Summer, a time of celebrations and many traditions that have gone on for many years. This year at midnight and under the midnight sun the Kokko (bonfire) was lit on the top of Levi.

Finnish midsummer is full of traditions, one of the most interesting that I have heard of is where an unmarried woman collects seven different flowers and places them under her pillow in the hope of seeing her future husband in her dreams.

What are your Mid Summer traditions?

Midnight Sun Over Levi

Midnight sun

Midnight, Lapland

Due to the excellent response to my previous photographs of the Midnight sun and the fact that this weekend is Mid Summer, the longest day of the year, I have decided to post more images of the Midnight sun. This is the Midnight sun over what was during the winter Levi Ski Resort, now it is just a Lapland fell.

This post is in reply to the Daily Post theme Off Season, see more of my posts relating to this theme HERE.

The Land of the Midnight Sun

As I have mentioned in an earlier post I have been living in Northern Finland for the last six months. During that time I have already experienced the Kaamos, a period of time during the winter when the sun does not rise above the horizon, lasting for about two weeks.

“Daytime” during the Kaamos

Now the summer is here and it brings with it the Midnight Sun. I have seen the midnight sun a few times before when living in Helsinki but not for this long. Mid summer is traditionally celebrated by staying up and watching the sun never set.

Living in the North means that daylight hours are more varying and extreme. In winter there can be 2 hours of light (with no sun) a day. In summer it can be 24 hours for well over a month! Even after that there is technically a sunset and sunrise but not a noticeable difference in day and night.

My next sunset July 15th.

The land of the Midnight Sun

Times for sunrise, sunset and daylight hours in my area.