MidSummer or Summer Solstice in Norway and Sweden

Today is Summer Solstice; In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year when the Sun is farthest north. In the southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are of course exchanged. The declination of the Sun on the (northern) summer solstice is known as the tropic of cancer (23° 27′) north of the equator. North of this latitude are the subtropics and Northern Temperate Zone. The equivalent line of latitude south of the equator is called the Tropic of Capricorn, and the region between the two, centred on the equator, is known as the tropics. The summer solstice marks the first day of the season of summer and I guess this calendar milestone are more marked or celebrated the more north you go. The reason why can be the significant difference of the longest, respectively the shortest days in the season.

Since my blog primarily is about Norway and the Nordic countries and our significant four seasons, let me give you my reflection along with some pictures taken with my mobile phone:

Summer Solstice or Midsummer:
Taken last night at 10:30PM, just before sunset (click all pics to bigify and enjoy):

MidSummer or Summer Solstice in Scandinavia #2

This is our favourite Ekudden beach in Mariestad, Sweden. We are almost at the same latitude – around 60° – as Stockholm in Sweden or Oslo in Norway and to give you a comparison for North America; as Hudson Bay in Canada.
Today the sun rises at 3:54AM and the sets at 10:44PM which gives us 19 hours of daylight.

Winter Solstice:
This picture is taken the 1st of January this year at 4:30PM – also around sunset:
Red Sky on Scandinavian Beach #1
The same favourite beach, but this time in 5 hours daylight and with a frozen lake.

Enjoying the Midsummer Day:
Since pictures say more than a thousand words, let me give you some more examples from last night and today at Ekudden beach:
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Left: A romantic sunset. Right: Enjoying the beach with a nice swim the day after.

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Left: Sunset romance. Right: Children jumping into the lake the next day (18C – 65F).

You might wonder why the Scandinavians are so enthusiastic about the beach, tanning and swimming at this time of the year. Well, remember then; about 3 month ago, this lake was frozen and covered with snow. So at that time they were skiing or skating on the very same lake.

Did I say anything about significant seasons and the reason why we are so eager to take advantage of the sun when we’ve first got it? :lol: