Juhannus – Midsummer

Imagine a place where the day starts with the sunset instead of sunrise! This actually happens here in Oulu for 16 days in June. Tomorrow the sun will set at 0.09 and rise just two hours later, at 2.06.

The longest day of the year – summer solstice – is close and this year it falls together with the Midsummer celebrations here in Finland, June 22nd. Juhannus is the Finnish word for Midsummer. The most common ingredients for a great weekend are family, friends, a summer cottage at a lake, sauna and lots of nice food & beverages. It is also common to build a bonfire (Juhannuskokko) on an open field, near a lake or let it float on water.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

A picture from Juhannus 2005

The ‘golden hour’ for photos is usually an hour around sunset & sunrise for most places in the world. Up here in North that special light is available much longer, especially around Juhannus, because of the flat path of the sun. It’s good time for some great timelapses and magic photos.

Copyright: Thomas Kast

Kempeleenlahti near Oulu at 23.35h on June 7th, 2013

Enjoy the summer solstice!
Hauskaa Juhannusta – Happy Jussi,

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