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Ravenous | Sotkamo in Midsummer

Ravenous | Sotkamo in Midsummer | Finland | Scoop.it
A true Finnish summer means roaring bonfires, wood-heated saunas, alcohol and delicious, hot smoked salmon.

 

A mist floats over a lake bordered by lodgepole pines, towering spruces and birch trees dotted with young leaves. I can see my breath. I have on a sweater, a quilted jacket and a wool hat and scarf. A bonfire is crackling nearby for added warmth; it’s past midnight and the sun has just dipped into the lake, leaving behind twilight. The sun will rise again in a mere two hours. It’s summertime in Finland...http://nyti.ms/MFNvGg

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Midsummer moments

Midsummer moments | Finland | Scoop.it
Midsummer has gone well. Despite the bad forecast, weather has been excellent; sunny and warm...
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Mellow Midsummer Festival! | Environmental Cartoons

Mellow Midsummer Festival! | Environmental Cartoons | Finland | Scoop.it
Greetings from Finnish Mid Summer Party. It is midnight, and we still can see the colours. In Lapland the sun is shining all night long. Ah, this is life!
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Finland’s Midsummer Madness - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet

Finland’s Midsummer Madness - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet | Finland | Scoop.it
Read Finland’s Midsummer Madness for travel tips, advice, news and articles from all around the world by Lonely Planet...
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Music, Merriment and a Midsummer Meal for Mosquitoes (Me) « Slap the turtle: Football in Helsinki

Music, Merriment and a Midsummer Meal for Mosquitoes (Me) « Slap the turtle: Football in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Midsummer is an important holiday for the Finnish people. It was first celebrated many years ago in Helsinki when a group of drunk Finns were sat in a bar, making their way through the establishment’s supply of the local brew. Just as the party was getting into full swing, the barman appeared from the cellar dressed in full riot gear with a grave announcement.
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Midsummer festivals compete for visitors

Midsummer festivals compete for visitors | Finland | Scoop.it
Various festivals attract a wide range of visitors over the holiday weekend. Traditionally the midsummer night is celebrated at festivals held in both town and countryside locations.
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The Finnish "six pack" Joe state by Thanos Kalamidas

The Finnish "six pack" Joe state by Thanos Kalamidas | Finland | Scoop.it
Midsummer in Finland means cottage, lake, beer and makkara – the Finnish sausage – not necessary in this series. It means empty cities and packed lakes, it means singing and drinking and for this year it meant the end of a month long negotiation for a government with the “six pack” agreement. There is no sarcasm into the name and humour – especially self-sarcasm - is not one of the Finnish strongpoint. For the Finns “six pack” meant the agreement between six parties from a very wide political spectrum to form a coalition government keeping the “six pack” Joes of the extreme right, the True Finns out of the government.
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Midsummer bonfire at Helsinki seaside on Twitpic

Midsummer bonfire at Helsinki seaside on Twitpic | Finland | Scoop.it
by http://twitpic.com/photos/PhalaeNova
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Rain clears the way for Midsummer bonfires

Rain clears the way for Midsummer bonfires | Finland | Scoop.it
Hard rain that swept through most of Finland on Thursday and early Friday was welcome for many preparing to celebrate Midsummer, as it brought an end to forest and grassfire warnings throughout the country...
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Spending a city Midsummer? No worries – here are some restaurant hints concerning the festivity!

Spending a city Midsummer? No worries – here are some restaurant hints concerning the festivity! | Finland | Scoop.it
This year, besides the legendary Seurasaari island celebrations, there are plenty of versatile alternatives for Midsummer!
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Midsummer lights up bonfires and smiles

Midsummer lights up bonfires and smiles | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki and its local regions are filled with midsummer cruises, dance events, bonfires and music on 24 and 25 June. Take a cruise or pack a picnic and head for an island of choice to celebrate midsummer. - See all the events here...
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See the Midsummer Eve’s bonfires on a cruise

See the Midsummer Eve’s bonfires on a cruise | Finland | Scoop.it
Are you still wondering what to do on Midsummer Eve? Hop on board with Strömma’s Bonfire cruise! With cruises at 20:00 and 20:45 you can see the bonfires at Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari before reaching the main bonfire at Seurasaari at 22:00.

All cruises departure from the Market Square and all serve refreshments and snacks from café/bar on board.
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SUMMER RECESS FROM THURSDAY

SUMMER RECESS FROM THURSDAY | Finland | Scoop.it
Though there can be exceptions, July is not traditionally a very "hard" news month in Finland, neither in politics nor in business life, as the country tends to go on holiday from the Midsummer or Juhannus weekend and Finland is more or less "closed" for the duration.
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Finnish Midsummer Night in 180 Seconds - Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun in Vaasa, Finland. Video has been filmed from 9pm to 9am. More information www.stara.fi.
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Midsummer | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Midsummer | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Finland | Scoop.it
Midsummer (Juhannus) night-kayaking inbetween islands in the Baltic sea near Helsinki, Finland. By http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotx3/with/5874755724/
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream! | Environmental Cartoons

A Midsummer Night’s Dream! | Environmental Cartoons | Finland | Scoop.it
Happy Mid Summer from Finland!...
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Aliisa Helsinki: Midsummer bonfire - Taivassalo, Archipelago of Turku

Aliisa Helsinki: Midsummer bonfire - Taivassalo, Archipelago of Turku | Finland | Scoop.it
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Juhannus | Midsummer | Helsinki » Nani Annette Photography ...

Juhannus | Midsummer | Helsinki » Nani Annette Photography ... | Finland | Scoop.it
In my Easter post I wrote about slowing down life, how important it is to me and posted loads of sooc images from our summer cottage...
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We Love Helsinki: Juhannustanssit (Midsummer Dancing) | Facebook

We Love Helsinki:  Juhannustanssit (Midsummer Dancing)  | Facebook | Finland | Scoop.it
Like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/welovehelsinki
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Finnish fire, night and light - Sofia Echo

Finnish fire, night and light - Sofia Echo | Finland | Scoop.it
Fish is a mainstay of the culinary traditions associated with the celebration, another option being sausages, grilled by the bonfire known by the Finnish word, kokko.
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A non-traditional midsummer

A non-traditional midsummer | Finland | Scoop.it
A non-traditional Finnish-Swedish-Australian midsummer celebration includes lots of BBQ, Champagne and a lop-sided strawberry cake.

I happened to spend some time in northern Finland last summer. During that trip, I was forced – against my will – to go salmon fishing. As luck would have it, during my very first descent of the Teno River, I hooked a 7,5 kg salmon. Needless to say my father was very proud of me.
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Sun, Sushi and Midsummer

Sun, Sushi and Midsummer | Finland | Scoop.it
Oh baby, please feel free to let the sun come here more often than occationally during the day. Today we've had mainly stormy weather with heavy rain, rainshowers, clowdy wind breezes as well as the few sunny moments...
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Grilled meat, new potatoes, and beer make Midsummer for the Finns

Grilled meat, new potatoes, and beer make Midsummer for the Finns | Finland | Scoop.it
Eating and Drinking during Midsummer...
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SEURASAARI MIDSUMMER 24.6.2011 - in Helsinki

SEURASAARI MIDSUMMER 24.6.2011 - in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Once summer comes, Seurasaari begins preparing for Midsummer, a major event in Finland. Ever since the Seurasaari Foundation was established in 1956 in support of the Open-Air Museum it has been arranging a traditional Finnish Midsummer festival for whole family at Seurasaari. Visitors are heartily welcome to join in this cavalcade of Finnish Midsummer customs, folk dancing, folk music and traditional crafts....
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Midsummer holiday reminder

Midsummer holiday reminder | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland’s celebration of Midsummer will bring changes to public transport schedules, shops’ opening times and other services.
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