Before autumn rains and cold weathers, some moments from last summer might be nice.
Lappish summer is the time of Sun. Sleeping on summer nights is just one of the things you can do. There are simply so many other appealing things to do, like swimming at midnight and following birds at the staithe. If you’re patient enough to stay awake till morning, you might experience some kind of magic. It is a myth that during the morning mist you might see fairytale creatures, such as goblins, elves and fairies. Silence in the middle of the mist for sure makes everyone wait for something to happen.
The biggest day of summer is Juhannus. It is the celebration of the midnight Sun and is celebrated around 20th and 25th of June. Lappish summer nights are always bright but at Juhannus Sun never go down. There are probably as many traditions to celebrate midnight Sun as there are people in Finland, but one of the most common ones is the bonfire. You can see many of them around the lake and riversides. Juhannus is a day to spend time with family and friends, just enjoying the beauty of midnight Sun and nature. Good food, relaxing and sauna are the keys to perfect Juhannus.
Nature is a great place to spend some time at summer. Not everyone goes abroad on their vacancy; many people prefer peaceful trips into nature. Finnish people love to spent time at their summer cottages, enjoying sauna, swimming and barbequing. Hiking is popular hobby in summer and suitable for whole family. Kids learn a great deal about nature, whereas adults enjoy the simplicity of life in forests. Trips can last two hours or one week, the only important thing is that one finds enjoyment and break to normal routines.
All in all the best things in Finnish and Lappish summers are the midnight Sun and great nature. There are plenty of outdoor activities for everyone. And what is the greatest thing? You never get bored on summer times.