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White nights: time for St. Petersburg
June 21, 2010 17:48

The white nights, or nightless nights, phenomenon of high latitudes, when darkness harly falls because the sunsets are too late and sunrises – too early is to be observed in such Russian cities as Cherepovets, Vologda, Magadan, Petrozavodsk, Yakutsk, Vorkuta, Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk and many others. Moreover, there is the polar day in some of them (Murmansk, Norilsk and Vorkuta). However, there is the only one city, associated with the white nights so strongly: St. Petersburg.

The white nights in Saint-Petersburg are berhymed in Russian poetry and described in fiction. They were fixed many-many times by the artists. Almost each writer who wrote about St. Petersburg, has mentioned the white nights as well. The white nights draw attention of thousands tourists from other cities (mainly from Moscow) and from abroad. Moreover, many residents stay out all night during these days, especially the last 10 days of June, celebrating the White Nights. White Nights in St. Petersburg complete with all its tourist attractions make the trip to this city unforgetable.

First of all, the white nights mean that you can walk down its straight streets enjoying the sights and taking photos. Everything looks new and a little strange in the milky light of white nights, giving no shadows. It is also a good time for active rest: night skating and bike rides during the white nights are especially nice, particularly because it is not dark.

Secondly, it is the White Nights time, when most open air music theatre and other festivals: musicians, orchestras and ballet companies from all over the world come to the Russian second capital. Among such events are St. Petersburg Jazz Festival of White Night's Swing-2010, 18th Theatre International Art Festival of White Nights Stars, White Nights' Tango and even such events as regattas, maraphones, Orienteering Festival or White Nights motor rally.

Thirdly, the White nights give a wonderful possibility for observing raising of the bridges, traditional tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. It happens at night, so you can see it in details and take photos without tripod.

The school leavers also celebrate White nights in their own way: it is the time of the last exams at schools, colleges and universities.

The White Nights St. Petersburg is especially precious from the boat, and the tour operators offer plenty of excursions on the numerous rivers and channels of St. Petersburg. They say looking at raising the bridges from the water surface is something different than looking at this from the levee in the crowd of other tourists.

You can get to St. Petersburg by air and by train (you can book train tickets for Russia here, on our site ). Moreover, we can provide you getting Russian visa and finally but not least apartments for rent in St. Petersburg, taking into account that the hotel prices increase in this period considerably, because White Nights are a high season for tourism in St. Petersburg.

Yulia Buzykina

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