Although the midnight sun season is still lasting for well over a month, it’s soon time to welcome the shift in nature and the longest day of the year!

In Finland, midsummer is generally celebrated for a whole weekend around the solstice. Our midsummer celebration is on the midsummer eve, which falls on the 21st June 2024. In Finland, one of the most important traditions include making a bonfire. It is believed, that different spirits begin to feel unease when the movement of the sun is stalling, and therefore a big fire is made to keep any bad spirits at bay. If you are yet to find a loved one, one of the other traditions note that if you pick 7 different flowers in the wild and place them under your pillow, you’ll see your future spouse in your dreams. While Swedes celebrate singing and dancing around midsommarstång, Finns enjoy midsummer by relaxing at a lakeside cabin, making a BBQ with their favorite foods, and go to sauna to clean up properly for the celebration. We want to share some of these traditions with you, and therefore have set up a programme for 21 June 2024.

Saariselkä Midsummer Event Programme 21.6.2024

8:00 o’clock: Gentle Morning Yoga Flow & Sauna. Meet up at Lieggâ Láávu, the yoga lesson will be done outside on the sauna dock (weather permitting). Bring wool socks, comfy clothes and a warm sweater, swimsuit and towel for the sauna, we’ll supply a yoga mat. Price 15€/person including yoga lesson, morning sauna and swim. Sign-up required by email: by 17:00 o’clock on 20.6.2024.

9:00 – 10:00: Midsummer Public Sauna & Swim @ Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort riverside sauna. Price 15€/person, sign up at Lieggâ Láávu

14:00 – 18:00 Bonfire at the bottom station of lifts

14:00 – 18:00 BBQ at Lieggâ Láávu

15:00 – 18:00 Midsummer Public Sauna & Swim @ Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort riverside sauna. Price 15€/person, sign up at Lieggâ Láávu

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