Some people think that white nights are the period when the sun does not set at all. In fact, white nights are the nights which do not become too dark. In St. Petersburg White Nights peak falls on 22 June, and the white nights officially last from June 11 to July 2. White Nights of St. Petersburg are a reward for all those winter months covered by darkness of the winter.
The middle of summer is the time when the northern capital of Russia gives magical experience. So this is one of the best periods to come for our programs.
In the longest days of the year Saint-Petersburg turns into unceasing walks: the historic city center, river Neva and small canals even after midnight have romantic golden glow, and thousands of people – citizens and tourists – go for a walk.
The White Nights season is the perfect time to be a tourist in St. Petersburg as it means you literally have more hours in the day (of sunlight that is) to do your sightseeing.
Not only that, but shops and restaurants tend to stay open late, so you are always able to keep yourself busy – and you don’t have that blanket of darkness that causes a sense of uneasiness in a foreign city to hold you back.
In addition to the longer sightseeing hours, the following make it a great time for a tourist:
The White Nights Festival
The “Scarlet Sails” celebrations happens during the White Nights Festival and involved a huge public event with fireworks that also mark the end of the school year in June. Tons of boats full of pirates take sail on the Neva River, while millions of people watch the event.
Several carnivals present themselves to the public during the White Nights Festival, with the most popular one being in the Peterhof suburb.
White Nights Bike Tour
Midnight Boat Rides Through Canals
By taking a tour at this time of day, you get to experience the vibe of the city at “night”, as the sun finally sets and the bridges and buildings take light.
Nothing can be better than going out during this amazing period of time, observing raising the bridges, meeting people and absorbing the magical atmosphere of the city!
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