"Juhannus - Midsummer" Finland Things to Do Tip by sabsi

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  A nightless night at Seurasaari
by sabsi

We spent Midsummer Eve on Seurasaari, an island in Helsinki - this year. It's where the official Juhannus celebrations take place every year. Seurasaari is an open air museum island. When you walk through the island you will pass by people showing handcrafts and life in the old times. The whole celebration is very "close to nature" and not commercialised at all. Very nice!

The bonfires are lit at around 9.30. Being there it was rather impressive as everyone was singing Finnish folk songs while the fires were burning. It was absolutely beautiful. A real Finland experience! Then a churchboat appears with the official Juhannus wedding couple aboard. They light the main bonfire on bonfire rock. People are still singing.

After the fires had burnt down we went to the main dancing area where people were dancing along to Finnish polka and tango music. It was wonderful to watch all the people enjoying themselves. We also did some studies on the different dance styles here.

Thise pic was taken on our way home on the bridge back to the mainland at 1 am. What a beautiful sky it was!!! The colours and the brightness were wonderful!!!

Directions: You can take bus #24 from Erottaja (At the Swedish theatre) to the bridge to Seurasaari.

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  • Written Jul 18, 2004
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