Midnight sun

Picture taken this night 02:35 AM

Sun sets today officially 23:54
Sun rises 03:08
But it doesn’t really get dark in the between as you can see.

Midsummer may simply refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place around the 24th of June and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between cultures. In the Finnish midsummer celebration, bonfires (Finnish kokko)are very common and are burnt at lakesides and by the sea. Often two young birch trees (koivu) are placed on either side of the front door to welcome visitors. In Midsummer night the sauna is typically heated and family and friends are invited to bathe and to grill.

In folk magic, midsummer was a very potent night and the time for many small rituals, mostly for young maidens seeking suitors and fertility. Will o wisps were believed to be seen at midsummer night, particularly to finders of the mythical “fern in bloom” and possessors of the “fern seed”, marking a treasure. An important feature of the midsummer in Finland is the white night and the midnight sun. Because of Finland’s location spanning around the Arctic Circle the nights near the midsummer day are short or non-existent. This gives a great contrast to the darkness of the winter time.

The midnight sun (also known as the black sun) is a natural phenomenon occurring in summer months at latitudes north and nearby to the south of the Arctic Circle, and south and nearby to the north of the Antarctic Circle where the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Given fair weather, the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours, mostly north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. The number of days per year with potential midnight sun increases the farther poleward one goes.



18 thoughts on “Midnight sun

  1. Re: I know when someone close to you died, it's hard. At times you may feel panicky. You have a feeling of shock, a yearning and a protest. All this is natural :)Well, the truth is, the truth hurts. And if it hurts, it's probably worth it (think positive) :pBy the way, deepest sympathy in your loss, dear. May your memories comfort you. Just know that times will feel better just keep your chin up <3

  2. Wow, this is so amazing! I can't imagine a world where you have so much light during the night! I hope I can visit Finland one day, it's one of my dreams.

  3. Wow, I've always wondered what it must be like to experience 24 hours of sunlight. I love the sun, but I'm not sure if I love it that much. Then again, I'm not sure I could handle near 24-hours of darkness either!I think I belong closer to the equator.

  4. Happy Midsummer! At least it's really warm and wonderful in Helsinki now. :-)PS. What do you think about models being too thin and magazines using photoshop to make them more normal?

  5. Oh Juliet, this is so interesting, what a great article! I've always wanted to witness a 'white night'. Hopefully I'll make it to Finland sometime..

  6. Wow! I've never experienced that before; isn't it kind of weird? Haha, but it seems kind of cool at the same time. Hope you're doing well, darling!

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