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Sun rises in northernmost Finland after two-month polar night

The Lapland municipality of Utsjoki will see just over one hour of daylight on Monday after 54 days of darkness.

During the polar night, daylight is replaced by a blue glow. Image: Kirsti Länsman / Yle

The long polar night will come to an end in the northernmost parts of Finland on Monday when the sun reappears in the sky, if only very briefly, after an interval lasting nearly two months.

The sun last set in Utsjoki, Finland's most northern municipality, on 24 November, which means that the period of darkness has lasted a total of 54 days.

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The hours of daylight in municipalities across Finland, 17 January 2022.

The polar night, known as kaamos in Finnish, refers to the extended period of winter darkness inside the Arctic Circle, when the sun never rises and daylight is replaced by a blue-tinted glow.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), the sun will peak above the horizon just before noon on Monday bringing one hour and 10 minutes of daylight to the Utsjoki region.