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The Midnight Sun in Finland

Some regions in Finland have 24/7 daylight for over two months. The Midnight Sun is also known as the nightless night or polar day. Here we give you some insights into where to discover this in Finland.

The best place to experience the Midnight Sun is Finnish Lapland because the full Midnight Sun is only visible above the Arctic Circle.

But also below the Arctic Circle, the sun only pops below the horizon for a few hours at night. Even Helsinki, the capital on the southern coast has 24 hours of virtual daylight because the sun just dips under the horizon and then rises again. We recommend visiting Helsinki if you wish to do sightseeing and activities all day. 

In the southern parts of the country, it is never really dark either, just a period of twilight for a few hours. This is why Finland is the Land of the Midnight Sun.


Where and when to see the Midnight Sun in Finland

The best time to enjoy the Midnight Sun is in June and July in the northernmost parts of Finnish Lapland, where the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 days. 

We recommend you visit Utsjoki, where you can see the Midnight Sun from 16 Mai to 27 July, Kilpisjärvi (22 Mai -25 July) and Rovaniemi, where you can explore the Midnight Sun from 6th June to 7th July.

Midnight Sun – also known as the nightless night or polar day – can be seen in Rovaniemi from early June until early July, and nights are white throughout the summer.

Why is Finland the land of the Midnight sun

The Midnight Sun occurs in Finland because the northern part of the country is above the Arctic Circle and has almost unending daylight in Summer.


Summer in Finland

What is Finnish summer like, and what can you do in Finland from June to August?

Finland is called the Land of the Midnight Sun. The long summer days and white nights are endless. Nature's light show provides the perfect scenery for cottage holidays, bathing in a sauna, strolling around in the beautiful nature,  summer cities such as Helsinki – and going for late-night swims.

See also: Try a Finnish Sauna

The ideal way to take in the Midnight Sun is at a cottage. Many people in Finland have a cottage in the family – often a private little retreat by a lake somewhere. Finns love their quietness, and you should also experience true northern style.

The Midnight Sun extends your day with extra hours, and you can use them for canoeing, hiking, fishing or golf.

See more: Popular outdoor adventures in Finland


Midnight summer festivals and events

Whether it is lazily picnicking with friends, wandering through outdoor public parks, or beating the heat with a fresh scoop of ice cream, summer in Finland is like no other. In celebration of the Midnight Sun in Finland, various events and festivals occur every year. 

A Midnight Sun Film Festival in June takes place in Sodankylä, or what about go to a Midsummer Party in Seurasaari, Helsinki – it’s an experience you will never forget.

See also: Hiking in Finland

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  • Lattitude: 61.922033
  • Longitude: 25.759629