Summer nights

Many people who’ve never visited Scandinavia don’t quite understand the balance between light and darkness.

To put it shortly: in the summertime we have light, in the wintertime we don’t.

The long summer nights have a special feeling to them. In June, the darkness barely has time to arrive before it’s morning. In July, it does get dark for a little while. In August, the nights start getting dark earlier and earlier.

There is something magical in the long summer nights. For me, they are best spent clubbing all night, preferably outside, or spending time with loved ones, surrounded by a forest and natural waters. This weekend we’re choosing the latter, and heading out to Eastern Finland to check out the Rautjärvi area. I’ve never been there before, and I’m really looking forward to dipping my toes to some fresh lake water.

I was once in Parikkala, not so far from Rautjärvi, dancing at the railway station in the middle of the night, but that’s another story.

A video uploaded to Youtube shows very well how drastic the difference is. Winter and summer are like night and day. Just look at the light.

♥ In the meantime: This weekend we get to test drive a bi-fuel Volvo. In Eastern Finland Gasum gas stations help us cover the entire trip with gas, hopefully zero kilometers with petrol.

♠ Song of the day: Grease, Summer Nights

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