The shortest day of the year!

The shortest day of the year arrived 21st of December 2017, the day is also known as the Winter Solstice. From now on the Lapland is getting towards the spring. Here is a brief introduction to the Polar Night, equipped with some really useful links, if you want to know more!

In Lapland the darkest time of the year is the Polar Night, or “Kaamos” as we Finns call it. The period of Polar Night begins around December and it lasts into the end of January and during the time there are very little light. The amount of darkness depends on the latitude of a location, if you are closer to the Northern Pole there may be no light at all and for example here in Rovaniemi we have about two hours of sunlight in the middle of Kaamos.

The shortest day of the year is known as the Winter Solstice. in the 2017 solstice was 21. December and the Rovaniemi -city had 1 hour and 15 minutes of daylight during the day.

The reason for Polar Night is the exactly same that causes the Midnight Sun effect in the summertime. Polar region is little bit tilted away from the Sun during the winter and vice versa in the summer. 


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