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Experience the magic of the Midnight Sun in Finland – spend Midsummer in Nallikari


If you’re looking for a unique travel experience, Finland’s Midnight Sun and Midsummer celebrations are not to be missed. Nallikari in Oulu lies by the sea and offers a perfect blend of tradition and coastal beauty. Located in northern Finland, Oulu provides a unique setting for celebrating Juhannus (Midsummer) with its pristine beaches, beautiful sunsets, and vibrant local culture. Here’s how you can make the most of your Midsummer experience in Nallikari.

The Midnight Sun phenomenon

From late May to mid-August, the northern regions of Finland bask in the glow of the Midnight Sun. This natural phenomenon occurs because of northern Finland’s location above the Arctic Circle, where the tilt of the Earth’s axis keeps the sun visible for 24 hours a day.

For travelers, experiencing the Midnight Sun is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The extended daylight hours provide more time to explore and enjoy outdoor activities. For example the endless daylight allows for long hikes and nature walks without the need to rush back before dark. It gives the opportunity to observe local wildlife in their natural habitat around the clock and gives stunning photo opportunities, especially during the “golden hour” when the sun hovers low on the horizon.

Midsummer celebrations in Finland

Midsummer, known as Juhannus in Finnish, is one of the most significant cultural celebrations in Finland. Typically occurring around June 20-25, Midsummer marks the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. Finns celebrate this occasion with a variety of traditional activities, making it an excellent time for tourists to immerse themselves in local culture.

How Finns celebrate Midsummer?

Bonfires and Saunas: The lighting of bonfires, or “kokko,” is a central part of Midsummer celebrations. These fires are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Alongside bonfires, Finns enjoy relaxing in saunas, often followed by a refreshing dip in a nearby waters such as the sea in Nallikari. Many public bonfire events are held throughout Finland. Visitors can join locals at these gatherings, often accompanied by music, dancing, and a festive atmosphere.

Nature and Outdoor Activities: Finns love spending time in nature during Midsummer. Hiking, boating, and fishing are popular activities. The endless daylight allows for extended outdoor adventures, perfect for exploring Finland’s pristine forests and lakes. The easiest way to take part of the tradition is to book a cottage in Nallikari and rent equipment to enjoy the nature activities by the sea.

Midsummer Feasts: Traditional Midsummer meals include fresh fish, new potatoes, and local berries. Barbecues are also common, with families and friends gathering to enjoy the abundant seasonal produce. Visitors can experience a Midsummer feast by dining at local restaurants that offer special Juhannus menus like Seelari near Nallikari or by joining local celebrations and picnics. There are also many fire places along the recreation routes of Nallikari so check that there is no any forest fire warnings available and pack your own sausages with you.

Midsummer Magic: According to folklore, Midsummer is a time for magic and romance. Young people may pick seven different flowers and place them under their pillows, hoping to dream of their future spouse. It’s also believed that the Midsummer night is filled with magical energies, making it an ideal time for making wishes. Who stop you to try these same traditions yourself during the vacation in Finland.

Plan your midsummer in Nallikari, Oulu

To make the most of your Midsummer experience in Finland, Nallikari is amazing place to stay in Oulu, northern part of Finland and enjoy the magic of nightless nights by the sea. Cities like Oulu offer unique Midsummer events, while the surrounding nature provides ample opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Accommodation in Nallikari, Oulu

Midsummer is a popular time for both locals and tourists to travel, so booking accommodations and activities in advance is essential. Located by the sea, Nallikari offers a range of accommodation options from camping site with camper and tent pitches to homely Holiday Cottages and more luxurious Poiju Villas and Aalto Apartments which have direct sea view. The accommodation fits for both, families and couples and also those who wants to travel solo and meet new people.

Check these midsummer events in Oulu

This year (2024), Midsummer is celebrated on June 22nd, and the day is filled with pleasant events from morning until late at night enjoying naturally the nightless night and midnight sun.

Sauna and swimming in Nallikari: Some traditions can be found very near when staying at Nallikari! Experience a traditional Finnish sauna followed by a refreshing swim in the sea. Nallikari Holiday Village offers sauna facilities, allowing you to enjoy this quintessential Finnish experience. The public saunas in the Kuunari Service Building are heated up daily from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Restaurant Seelari’s city midsummer: Party like a local only 1 km away from Nallikari! Experience wonderful midsummer parties and meet happy people, eat good food & taste some local drinks. Midsummer’s eve will be celebrated by folk music band Rälä from Oulu.

Midsummer atmosphere in Turkansaari open air museum: The Turkansaari open-air museum 20 km away from Nallikari hosts traditional Midsummer celebrations, including folk music, dancing, and demonstrations of old Finnish customs. This event provides a deep dive into Finnish heritage and culture. Tickets 7-10 € + event ticket +2 €.

Why you should experience Midsummer in Finland?

Midsummer in Finland is more than just a celebration; it’s a chance to experience the Finnish way of life in its purest form. The combination of breathtaking natural beauty, ancient traditions, and the welcoming spirit of the Finnish people creates an unforgettable experience.

Midsummer in Finland is a magical event that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Embrace the magic of the Midnight Sun and Midsummer in Finland – a once-in-a-lifetime experience that promises endless daylight and unforgettable memories!

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