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Sunrise at 3:3am on midsummer in Finland.

Sunrise at 3:3am on midsummer in Finland.

Finland Lake.

Finland Lake.

This is midsummer at its best! Bonfire by the lake and a cup of coffee to keep you awake through the light night

This is midsummer at its best! Bonfire by the lake and a cup of coffee to keep you awake through the light night

Finnish Midsummers Night - Juhannus!

Finnish Midsummers Night - Juhannus!

Midsummer in Finland by Marianne Sjöblom.

Midsummer in Finland by Marianne Sjöblom.

Karjalanpiirakka ja munavoi.

Karjalanpiirakka ja munavoi.

Finnish Strawberry Cake - Midsummer time also brings the fresh local strawberries to the market. Long summer days allow the berries to develop intense, sweet flavors. Finnish strawberry cake is a bit more moist and less sugary than its American cousin, the strawberry shortcake.

Finnish Strawberry Cake - Midsummer time also brings the fresh local strawberries to the market. Long summer days allow the berries to develop intense, sweet flavors. Finnish strawberry cake is a bit more moist and less sugary than its American cousin, the strawberry shortcake.

midsummer night birch cake

Birch Wedding Cake with Green Orchids

midsummer night birch cake

Summer night. Finland

Summer night. Finland

SISU - the Stuff that Finns are made of.

SISU - the Stuff that Finns are made of.

Olof Hermelin  Lilacs and Midsummer Flowers  1878   A traditional Finnish Midsummer festival (juhannus) spell: On the longest night of the year, you must gather seven different flowers from the fields in the light of the midnight sun.  When you go to bed you must place the flowers under your pillow and in a dream you will see your future husband/wife

Olof Hermelin Lilacs and Midsummer Flowers 1878 A traditional Finnish Midsummer festival (juhannus) spell: On the longest night of the year, you must gather seven different flowers from the fields in the light of the midnight sun. When you go to bed you must place the flowers under your pillow and in a dream you will see your future husband/wife

Image by Tulikivi - Photobucket. Lake Pielinen, Juuka, Finland. Enjoying the view before or after sauna and a nice swim.

Image by Tulikivi - Photobucket. Lake Pielinen, Juuka, Finland. Enjoying the view before or after sauna and a nice swim.

Article on Finland's traditional midsummer holiday, Juhannus:   http://www.gofinland.org/juhannus-rather-finnish-holiday/

Article on Finland's traditional midsummer holiday, Juhannus: http://www.gofinland.org/juhannus-rather-finnish-holiday/