Hotels in St. Petersburg, Russia get fully booked starting from May and for good reason. This is because it’s the start of the White Nights festival. Most importantly, this is when the white nights phenomenon happens.
What is this phenomenon?
Simply put, it’s a phenomenon that causes the nights to be as bright as day. This explains the name of this phenomenon. It means that the city will be bright – it doesn’t matter if it’s 11 at night. It’s going to be as bright as 11 in the morning.
What causes this phenomenon? You have to know that white nights are not exclusive to St. Petersburg. However, it’s the best place to visit to experience white nights.
This phenomenon happens due to the city’s geographical location. It’s the world’s most northern city and because of this, the sun couldn’t descend enough for the city to go dark. The city is at too high of an altitude so even if the sun sets, it’s still above the horizon.
When does this happen?
Actually, the white nights start at May and will last until the early part of July. However, the best time to visit St. Petersburg in order to experience the white nights is from the 11th of June until the 2nd of July. This is when the phenomenon is at its best and brightest.
No other city can match the white nights like St. Petersburg. You don’t need to be at a special place. You can be just among the thousands of people in the streets to enjoy the experience.
Couples will love its romantic appeal. Groups of friends will enjoy the lively atmosphere. Families will enjoy the one of a kind experience. After all, where else can you enjoy the sights and sounds of a city well throughout the night as if it’s daytime?
Enjoy the White Nights Festival
The city has taken advantage of the “midnight sun” by establishing the White Nights Festival. This is an arts festival that happens every year in the city. This festival features musical, opera and ballet performances and events. You can enjoy performances of the best Russian artists along with guest stars from all over the world.
The festivities will start at May. The Saint Petersburg City Administration, the organizers of the festival, starts things off with the “Stars of the White Nights” at the Mariinsky Theatre which is a tourist attraction in itself. This performance will run until July.
Make sure to check out the Scarlet Sails that culminate the season of the white nights. This is the largest gathering of people yearly with about a million people attending the said event every year.
The White Nights Festival is just an added bonus. You can simply visit the city to check out the white nights in St. Petersburg to enjoy something you’ve never enjoyed before. Travel with your significant other, friends or family. You’ll have an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.