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Winter is coming – polar night has begun in the North

People often think that polar night is dark and almost black, since the Sun does not rise at all in the North of Finland. But actually it gives the landscape a totally unique and beautiful blue, pink and orange colouring and glow.

The polar night has begun in Lapland. In Southern Finland there is no polar night officially, as the Sun still actually rises every day. The days in the South are short, though; only a few hours of daylight each day, and if it’s cloudy, it can feel quite dark. In Lapland the days are light blue and the nights dark blue.

The polar night is a great time to admire some auroras and enjoy all the darkness and silence around us. There’s no hustle and bustle, it’s easy to calm down and rest.

In Finland Christmas is also celebrated. Originally it was the celebration of mid-winter. After Christmas, the days start to get longer again, and the end of the polar night approaches.

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HELSINKI AREA

The nature capital

Helsinki is the nature capital of the world. Around it there are as many as seven national parks, and even in the city centre the nearest forest is never more than a 10-minute-walk away.

LAPLAND

Lapland is the land of the midnight sun, polar night and beautiful auroras. Here you can meet some supercute reindeer and visit Santa’s childhood cottage.

LAKELAND

In Finland there are more lakes than you can imagine. Thanks to Finnish everyman’s rights, it’s very easy to find good places to go for a swim or try some fishing!

ARCHIPELAGO

Finnish archipelago is stunningly beautiful and easy to explore. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Baltic sea, visit remote islands and have fun travelling with yellow ferry boats!

FINNISH WAY OF LIFE

We Finns love to spend time in the nature: many of us love hiking, camping and cottage life. In Finland we have this thing called everyman’s right – it means that everyone here has great possibilities to enjoy Finnish nature for free.