Juhannus (you-ha-noose) is the Finnish celebration of the summer solstice (June 21st), or Midsummer. This is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and anywhere above the Arctic Circle gets 24-hours of sunlight. [note: the definition of the ‘Arctic Circle’ is the latitude at which there is at least one 24-hour period of sunlight per year.]
The last few weeks have been both eventful and calm. Highs: 1) Brandon arrived in Finland for a 2-month visit! 2) I got my laser! 3) The green-up has really taken hold, so the scenery and weather are fully ‘summer’ now, which you can see below by how thawed my wetland site is. Low: 1) Carol, my PolarTREC teacher has left.
Abigail (sister #4) has been visiting me here in Finland for the last three weeks, which has been fabulous. Here follows a photographic journey of our post-Eurovision time together, including a trip around a Norwegian fjord, some field work, some row boats, and some seriously adorable Finnish squirrels.
Spring has officially arrived in Finland! The melting snow is uncovering winter’s indiscretions, from plow-damaged benches and bicycles to an staggering amount of winter clothing and 6 months of until-now frozen dog waste. Probably most surprising has been how green the ground plants are immediately upon freedom from the snow.
Ah, March. Pretty much everyone I know here has told me that March is the best month of Finland’s winter. It’s relatively warm, actually sunny, and the days are getting longer and longer, so you can enjoy it all. This means excellent skiing conditions, and I have had the great pleasure to watch some professionals at play.