Friday, July 8, 2016

Joy of the Midnight Sun

Summer Solstice Sun at 2:17 a.m.
We travelled North to the Arctic Circle as a part of our work to inspect missionary apartments. We arrived there on Juhannuspäivä (Midsummer Day), which is the summer solstice. Within the Arctic Circle it is a time when the sun never sets. At 12:00 midnight the sun was still quite high in the sky and it was broad daylight. However, knowing that nidnight is not the middle of the night, we continued watching the sun's movement until 2:17 a.m. daylight time, which is the middle of the night in Rovaniemi, Finland, where we were. That's when the photo to the left was taken. We were blessed and thrilled to have had the opportuntity to experience the summer solstice night sun from inside the Arctic Circle. It was a joy. We truly enjoyed every minute of our trip. Finland is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The entire country looks like a groomed scenic park. We are happy to serve in Finland as missionaries for the Lord. Thank you for your love and prayers. We send our love.

On the street by our hotel at the Arctic Circle
Typical Summer Shore Line
Rest Stop Along the Highway to Lappland
Entering Lappland on our way to the Arctic Circle
First Reindeer We Saw After Entering Lappland
Standing Just Inside the Arctic Circle
Midnight Sun From Multiple Sites

Fishing under the light of the Midnight Sun

Sister Hunt taking a picture of the Midnight Sun

Sister Hunt smiling at the 
Middle of the Night Sun
Elder Hunt, too.