When Night Goes Light
Conquering a fell in Lapland and watching the endless wilderness bathe in the light of the Midnight Sun continues making indelible impressions on travellers and locals alike.
After a long and dark winter, the light-filled summer is greeted with a newly found joie de vivre all around Finland. In Lapland, the Midnight Sun makes up for the light deprived by the Polar Night during the winter.
At the Arctic Circle, where Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi lies, the Midnight Sun graces the horizon from early June until early July. In Nuorgam, Finland’s northernmost tip, the sun stays up for more than 70 days, in other words all summer.
What do I do with all the light?
The quintessential way to take in the Midnight Sun is at a cottage. Finns love their quietness, and visitors should also experience true relaxation, northern style, by escaping the daily grind to a peaceful retreat in Lapland. The sound of silence combined with the revitalizing rays of the Midnight Sun is nature’s own remedy for the weary soul.
Some like a different approach. The Midnight Sun extends your day with those extra hours you keep hoping for in your daily life. Make use of it and go hiking, canoeing, fishing or play a round of golf in the wee hours.
How do you sleep?
A good tip is to use curtains and blinds. The Midnight Sun can make going to sleep a bit harder than usual, but then again, why go to sleep at normal hours? There is a time for sleeping and it’s called winter – just ask the bears and other mammals that hibernate through most of it.
We say don’t worry about sleep; make the most of the Midnight Sun! If action is not your cup of tea, go for culture: The Midnight Sun Film Festival (founded by famous filmmaker brothers Kaurismäki) in Sodankylä in mid-June and folklore festival Jutajaiset in Rovaniemi at the end of June are great ways to enjoy local culture and the Midnight Sun.
Guide for catching the Midnight Sun in Finland
District Latitude Midnight sun
Utsjoki 69°52′ May 16 – July 27
Ivalo 68°40′ May 22 – July 21
Sodankylä 67°25′ May 29 – July 14
Rovaniemi 66°30′ June 6 – July 7
Kuusamo 65°59′ June 12 – June 30
Kemi 65°45′ June 18- June 24
In just a few minutes, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of a ski resort or a city and arrive in the peace and quiet of the wilderness.