The Finnish Summer Culture
Finland is one of those countries that most of us have heard of maybe once or twice in our lives. Maybe this would be more so if you paid close attention in your geography or world history classes in school. While most of our attention is on countries like the USA, the Middle East, China, or Central Europe, Finland is sort of left out of the bunch and is associated with being cold and maybe having a good Winter Olympic Team. Not too many people even think of summer in Finland as a great idea. However a short travel Finland vacation in Finnish summer just might be one of the most majestic places to be.
Now some of you have taken trips to Alaska during the summer and enjoyed the scenery. However the Finnish summer and country has a bit to offer with on Finland festivals, Finland nature, Finland lakes, and Finland Weather.The Finnish summer can be said to temp most to let their hair down and feel young and free for a short period
Finnish Summer and Weather
Firstly Finland weather in the Finnish summer is unique. After coming out of a winter where there is snow on the ground almost 90 to 120 days of the year, a mild summer format is well deserved and comes along. Finland weather involves a chilly May, has a rising action to July, a fall action to August, and a dénouement in September. May has average temperatures in the mid 20,s Celsius. June is in the high 20′s and July peaking at the low to mid 29′s. Then it tapers back to 60′s and so forth into September.One thing that can be noticed in the Finnish people,is the sudden change in dress colour.In Winter Finns prefer to wear greys and blacks,where as in spring and especially in Finnish Summer,people change to very bright colours and shorter clothing items.The radical change in Finnish fashion is awe-inspiring
If you go North into the Arctic Circle you can experience the Arctic Sun. which will almost set but stay dusk throughout the night which is quite an eye catcher as long as you don’t miss any catching up on sleep.Last summer we experienced temperatures as high as 92,F in Helsinki
Festival Time in Finnish Summer
Finland festivals are quite popular and sometimes very down to earth.The Finnish summer seems to bring out the child in most people. They involve circuses and what some would call a block party. Let’s take the popular city of Turku for example which is planned to have a huge arts and exhibition center planned for this summer. This month (May) will have a huge street culture infusion along the banks of the River Aura.
The festivals will have an European culture consistent of skate boarders, hip hop enthusiasts, and graffiti artists which welcomes public participation.
A vampire circus is planned to visit Turku called the Cirque Dracuk at the Palace. This is part of a 10 day circus theme and event which will end with Elements above the River Aura on the Night of Ancient Bonfires. This festival will also consist of opera at the Turku Castle, jazz at Tall Ship Races in the river Aura which will moor at the public dock for spectating.(an old sailing ship) which will end with
Finland nature and lakes
Finland lakes are very many. It’s sort of like the Minnesota of the USA just not considered the “Land of 10,000 lakes”. However the system’s of ports used around the Finland coast that are connected via canals to these lakes helps keep the Finish economy alive and aids in transportation.
Wild life in Finland is quite unique from water fowl and certain preserved forests to tour. Finland is a tourism’s diamond in the rough when it comes to outdoor life. One of the largest attractions for visitors and locals is nature walks, hiking, fly fishing, and cross-country skiing for people to take on and keep busy with during Finland’s long winters. Finland is also very conservative when it comes to taking responsibility to protect the wild, not litter, and not destroy the natural habitats of the wild life there.
Overall Finland might be left out of the picture when it comes to world politics or the news. However, even though it takes a long flight to get there, it’s well worth the payoff and will make for a wonderful life experience. If you have a bucket list or wish list to do before you pass on from this life then visiting Finland during the Finnish summer just might be one of those things to do.
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