The polar night and the midnight sun

The beautiful colours and shades of the polar extremes

Lights in the darkness

In Utsjoki, the long polar night falls in late November and lasts until mid-January – during this period the sun does not rise above the horizon at all. But even then, the sky is never completely pitch-black. Around noon the Sun lights up the sky and paints it with beautiful pastel colours.  At other times, the Moon, the stars and the Northern Lights paint the northern sky  

Nature also provides light at ground level. The sparkling white snow and the mysterious cold glow of the ice bring light into the darkness. Sámiland may in fact enjoy better lighting than southern Finland at this time of the year, since snow actually brightens up the landscape noticeably.

There is light and colour in the sky. On cold, cloudless nights, the sky catches fire when the Northern Lights start to dance high above. If the weather at Utsjoki is clear enough, the Northern Lights are sometimes also visible during the day. The glow of the Arctic Ocean is reflected in the northern sky. Moonlight and starlight will even allow you to go skiing at night, as long as you do not venture too far.

At Utsjoki, the nature of light seems to change along with the changing seasons. The darkness and the cold of the long polar night are just a distant memory in May, June and July, when the Midnight Sun rises and does not set at all.  Hiking in the wilderness areas during the midnight sun is an unforgettable experience: to walk through the night surrounded by beautiful arctic nature with no need to worry about it getting dark.

Welcome to Utsjoki to experience the colours of light in eight different seasons!

Anna palautetta