Today is the longest day of the year in Finland

Jun 21, 2016
Cimcorp Headquarters

Today on June 21, we are celebrating the longest day of the year – a nightless night. Today, at Cimcorp headquarters, we have 19 hours, 28 minutes and 42 seconds of daylight and, luckily for us, the sun shines from clear blue skies. If the skies are clear, even the nights are full of light during midsummer.

“For many of our foreign visitors, our long and light-fulfilled days are exotic”, says Anssi Kiiski, Manager, Cost Accounting and Intercompany Sales at Cimcorp, and continues: “The light between sunset and sunrise is similar to that on cloudy days.”

This phenomenon is due to the Earth’s axis being tilted with respect to its orbit around the sun.

Summer solstice has pre-Christian roots in celebrating light and midsummer. No long-term work should be decided during midsummer. It was also called Ukko’s celebration after the Finnish god. This light fulfilled time of the year has always been the time to do some magic rituals – mostly by maiden seeking future husbands.

When visiting Finland during midsummer, take into account that almost everything is closed in midsummer-weekend. Most of the people head to the countryside to their cottages, enjoying sauna and bonfires.

Bonfires are big part of Finnish midsummer. Ideally they are burned at midnight by a river, lake or sea. According to the myth bonfires keep evil spirits away. They can also be cast out by making noise.

Folk magic rituals

  • Look in to a well, a pond or a spring in middle of the midsummer night to see your future husband. If you wear your left foot sock upside down when sleeping, you will dream of your fiancée.
  • As many times as cuckoo sings for maiden during midsummer night, so many years she has until she finds her husband. If the cuckoo will not make a sound, she will meet her fiancée before end of the year. When sleeping, you will dream of your future spouse at midsummer night if you put a wreath tied with nine hays under the pillow.
  • If you are in forest and see a will-o’-the-wisps, you can find a hidden treasure under it.
  • According to the myth, you can see fern in bloom at midsummer night. The fernflower brings fortune and magic power to the person who finds it.

Explore the fascinating light change facts on our website

Serene time lapse video from Saimaa - Nightless Night and Full moon

Video shot @ Lake Saimaa, Finland. Video credit

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