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Kaamos i.e. Polar Darkness

English: While the Sun doesn't rise above the ...

English: While the Sun doesn’t rise above the horizon, it does come close to doing so. Instead of the pitch black many imagine it to be like, you get a blue light much of the time during the days of the polar night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kaamos (polar night or polar darkness), or more like half-kaamos can be horrible. In Lapland, there are days when you can’t see the sun at all. Here, a bit souther, our winter days only last for a few hours. I suppose the sun is up only for four hours here in Northern Ostrobothnia on Christmas week. Which is weird because on Midsummer week, there is practically no darkness here. What makes this half-kaamos worse is the lack of snow. There’s been snow, in late October and a week ago. Then it all went away and made everything so dark again.

And there are people wondering why we Finns are so happy during summers and not-so-happy during winters. Well, just come and live here for a year and you’ll have a clue. Alaska, Iceland, North Canada or North Russia is fine as well.

There are some people who aren’t affected by the lack of light at all. And there are people who are affected by the darkness quite a lot. I’m sort of in between.. But it depends. This year the lack of light has clearly decreased my amount of energy. And there isn’t a magic potion that makes you feel better. Err, ok, there is one but it doesn’t make you so happy the next morning :).


Nordic countries in black

Nordic countries in black (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Light therapy is one of the best ways to do it (but I broke my bright light lamp when I moved to this apartment). I should get a new one, Father Christmas!

You’re probably starting to understand why Christmas is such an important phenomenon in Finland and the rest of the Nordic countries. It’s the feast of light. It’s also one of the darkest days of the year, so after Christmas, days get less and less dark. Until Midsummer comes again.

So, if you want to try something a bit more extreme than you are used to, why don’t you come to Finland in December. Or January. It won’t kill you or make you insane. It just makes you feel a bit… Finnish.

(This blog entry was _not_ paid by the Finnish Tourist Board…)


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Posted by on 13.11.2012 in In English


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It’s May, Right?!?

It’s May, I think.

Time goes by so fast, or far too slowly. And summer’s just around the corner here in Northern Finland. The temperature has been around 10 degrees Celsius lately, which is good but I prefer 20 degrees and not one degree more. The good thing is that the snow melted away a couple of weeks ago and the grass is already getting fresh green. But I’ve heard there are still places in Lapland with more than 75 cm of snow.

And I was right about this year. This year is getting more and more exciting month by month. And it’s not just about the attitude of trying to seize the day and to enjoy the moment. Well, that makes it easier to be happier. Everything’s still not in order in my life but I’ll try my best :).

By the way… It’s funny I’ve never shared this song before. Or have I? Panic Room – I Am a Cat. One of my absolute favourite songs this year.


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