Midsummer Magic at Ruoppaköngäs
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Midsummer Magic at Ruoppaköngäs

Join us for the Midsummer excursion on June 20, 2024!

20.6.2024 | Well-being

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, but in Northern Lapland, the sun shines from the sky even at midnight for several days. During the Summer Solstice, Midsummer is traditionally celebrated, a festival dedicated to the ancient supreme god Ukko.

Our Midsummer excursion takes place on the evening of Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 18:00 to 22:00, during the Midsummer festivities. Additionally, for those interested, we can arrange a separate Midsummer Magic excursion for Saturday evening. Midsummer magic is part of the folk tradition associated with Midsummer celebrations. During Midsummer, spells were cast mainly for marriage luck and the future. Many of the spells aimed at predicting the future, especially regarding the quality of a spouse and marriage luck, and some aimed to improve marriage luck slightly. Many Midsummer spells were performed naked.

Today, Midsummer spells have decreased, and belief in magic has significantly diminished. However, Lappi Experience wants to create an environment here in Lapland's Summer for this magnificent ancient tradition and organize a Midsummer Magic excursion to the beautiful rocky shore of Ruoppaköngäs.

During the evening:

  • We will gather herbs and plants along the way, which we will use as talismans to activate the powers of the people and for festive garlanding for each participant.

  • We will make a bonfire at the designated spot (or use a portable stove depending on forest fire risk) and bake bonfire buns in honor of Ukko and drink herbal tea.

  • We will drum, sing, cast spells, and ensure happiness for the coming year. Kalevala and folklore are an essential part of the excursion. Those interested can take a dip in the pond for a swim and thus also receive the blessing of the god Ukko.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring mosquito repellent if needed. If you wish to honor the traditions of Midsummer Magic, dress in white attire.

We will depart from Levi Hotel at 18:00 with shared rides, or if necessary, we will arrange a small bus transport for an additional 10€.

If there is a forest fire warning during Midsummer week, we will adjust the plans accordingly and celebrate Midsummer Magic at an alternative site, in safer conditions.

Minimum number of participants: 6 people.
Price: 79 € /person


Reservations for weekly excursions can be made through online booking at www.vello.fi/lappiexperience.