Amazingly it’s Midsummer again! Midsummer is quite a big thing in Finland – most people leave the cities and head for the countryside. Helsinki resembles the world in Walking Dead – not a soul in sight. This year Spring was awfully cold in Finland but here’s hoping the Midsummer weekend gives us a surprise.
Last year we sailed to Stora Herrö island for Midsummer. We ended up staying a couple of nights.
The island is lovely to walk around.
Follow the paths and you won’t get lost.
Wild flowers. Legend tells us that if an unmarried woman collects seven different flowers and puts them under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband on Midsummer night.
The sea views are breathtaking.
I’m quite sure the blueberries aren’t this far along this year.
There’s also a bird tower which is worth visiting for the views.
Unfortunately it was a bit foggy when we climbed up.
Celebratory flags are hoisted up on sailing boats for Midsummer.
In Northern Finland, the sun doesn’t set all night.
In the South, you can expect total darkness after 11 pm.
The sun will rise again before 4 am.
You might spot bonfires by lakes and the sea in the evening of Midsummer’s Eve.
Many Finns start their summer holidays at Midsummer. However, I will still be working for one week – I so look forward to July!
Watch this video to get an idea of Finnish Midsummer:
Do you celebrate Midsummer?
Happy Midsummer to all!