On a fine summer day, Finns have an overwhelming urge to get outside and get out of town. During the week, when the sun is warm, they are eating lunch at a sidewalk café, sunning in the park, bicycling home from work, walking their dogs, or checking their email while sitting on a park bench.
ENDLESS SUMMER DAYS
There isn’t endless summer in Finland, but there are almost endless summer days. The sun is still shining at 10 pm in Helsinki on midsummer, so when you leave a restaurant after a very long dinner, the evening is still young. In Lapland, Utsjoki for example, a single summer day lasts for over two months. Even in the south, it’s never really dark… just a period of twilight for a few hours.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FINNS GONE?
On a summer weekend in the bigger cities, you will hear people speaking English, German and Chinese, but hardly anyone speaking Finnish. Where have all the locals gone? Some have gone to one of a dozen music festivals, offering a choice of jazz, blues, rock, opera and chamber music. Others are sailing among the islands or they’re at their summer cottages, swimming, fishing and cooking dinner on the grill.
So, slow down and live like a Finn, close to nature. Rent a cottage with a rowboat and bicycle. That way you can meet some Finns, either out on the lake or on an outdoor dance floor.
+15°C – +25°C
Around 90 days
Top 5 Summer Experiences:
- Going to a cottage
Swimming under the Midnight Sun.