As the days get shorter in the south of Finland, Lapland awaits the start of the polar night. The shortening of the days ends on the winter solstice, which is the darkest day of the year.
Winter is coming. The days are getting shorter. It gets darker earlier every evening. In the morning, the sun rises slowly.
At this time of the year the days are getting shorter. The shortening of the day started on the autumn equinox, which is the day of the year when both day and night are the same length. This year the autumn equinox fell on the 22nd September.
The shortest day of the year is the winter solstice, which often falls just slightly before Christmas. For example in 2016 the winter solstice is on 21st December at 12.44 Finnish time.
Lapland will have the polar night, which means that sun doesn’t rise over the horizon at all, and the day is short in the southern parts of the country too. The length of the day in western Uusimaa is less than six hours; the sun rises at half past nine in the morning and sets at just half past four in the afternoon.
Throughout history the winter solstice has been an important midwinter celebration, and celebrated by different cultures around the world. Pagan Germanic people celebrated Yule, which is actually the root of the Finnish word joulu. Later the old pagan traditions were mixed with Christian traditions.
The Polar Night Counter counts down the days to winter solstice and tells the length of the day. Check from the counter how long the wait is going to be!
Photo: Visit Finland