Midwinter to Midsummer

by Banana Pirates June. 24, 2018 2460 views

Six months ago in North Karelia, at midwinter, three days before the winter solstice we became a family of three. Baby pirate A (for Awesome?) arrived on December 18th, 2017. Since then the three of us have been on quite an adventure; Living the winter at the fells of Pyhätunturi in Lappland, being on the road around the country for six weeks, until finally settling for the summer on the beautiful island of Högsåra in the archipelago of Hitis.

Outside our home at Pyhätunturi, Lappland. January 19th. 2018, 1.30pm. Length of the day 4 hours 29 minutes.

Outside our home at Pyhätunturi, Lappland. January 19th. 2018, 1.30pm. Length of the day 4 hours 29 minutes.

In early January while we were settling in our new home for the winter at Pyhätunturi the days were short - at the same time our friends more up north were enjoying the end of the polar night, more than one month when the sun doesn't rise above the horizon at all.

Lake Pyhäjärvi at Pyhätunturi, Lappland. 5th of march 2018, 4.30 pm. Length of the day 10 hours 22 minutes.

Lake Pyhäjärvi at Pyhätunturi, Lappland. 5th of march 2018, 4.30 pm. Length of the day 10 hours 22 minutes.

Our friends house in Inari, Lappland. 5th of May 2018, at 8pm. Length of the day 19 hours 9 minutes.

Our friends house in Inari, Lappland. 5th of May 2018, at 8pm. Length of the day 19 hours 9 minutes.

In early may when visiting friends in Inari, 260km north from Pyhätunturi, the day length was already coming close to the midnight sun - the time of the year when the sun stays above the horizon for more than 24 hours. Up there it lasts for two months, from 21st of May to 21st of July.

Inari, Lappland. 6th of May 2018, at midnight. Lenght of the day 19 hours 20 minutes.

Inari, Lappland. 6th of May 2018, at midnight. Lenght of the day 19 hours 20 minutes.

Koli National Park, North Karelia. 8th of May 2018 at noon. Length of the day 17 hours 18 minutes.

Koli National Park, North Karelia. 8th of May 2018 at noon. Length of the day 17 hours 18 minutes.

Taking a detour while heading south, to one of our favourite places in the world - Koli National Park. Oh how it felt good to be back - last time we climbed up here it was me who carried baby Pirate A, only three weeks before she was born.

Akka-Koli, Koli National Park, North Karelia. 8th of May 2018. Father teaching daughter about pine trees.

Akka-Koli, Koli National Park, North Karelia. 8th of May 2018. Father teaching daughter about pine trees.

Our summer cottage in Västanfjärd, Kimito island. 12th of May 2018, 6.30pm. Length of the day 16hours 55 minutes.

Our summer cottage in Västanfjärd, Kimito island. 12th of May 2018, 6.30pm. Length of the day 16hours 55 minutes.

Leaving from the very north of Finland (Inari) in early May, arriving more than 1500 km and a week later to our cottage on Kimito island, in the very south of the country. Having witnessed winter turn in to summer in just a few days - coming from snow to green grass and blossoming trees, it was time to take a rest.

Summer cottage in Västanfjärd, Kimito island. 29th of May 2018, 3.30pm. Length of the day 18hours 9 minutes.

Summer cottage in Västanfjärd, Kimito island. 29th of May 2018, 3.30pm. Length of the day 18hours 9 minutes.

Högsåra, Archipelago of Hitis. June 23rd 2018, at midnight. Lenght of the day 18 hours 54 minutes.

Högsåra, Archipelago of Hitis. June 23rd 2018, at midnight. Lenght of the day 18 hours 54 minutes.

Two days after the summer solstice (21.6.2018) Finland celebrated midsummer and we ended our first week at the island of Högsåra. A good time to reflect on the past half a year, what an adventure it has been... The best journey so far, and it has only just begun.

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Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 2 months ago

I love you photos and your subject matter, simple and beautiful.

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Banana Pirates Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 2 months ago

Wow, thank you Pete for your words, it means a lot to hear what you said.

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Goshaa 3 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful place, how I'd like to spent there some days. Greetings.

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