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Crayfish—and Giant Sucking Sound—Mark the End of Summer in Finland

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While most don’t want to think about the end of summer, the Finns are celebrating with crayfish and schnapps. From now through October, hotels, tour groups, and restaurants are celebrating huge hauls of crayfish in this singular Finnish tradition. (Finland's crayfish celebrations began in the early 1900's, when monied Swedish and Russian jetsetters took to feasting on the succulant shelfish while visitng Finnish seaside resorts.)

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As part of the party, red decorations (to match the featured crustacean’s hue) are strung up along with fragrant crown dill. In addition to crayfish, chanterelle soup, potato salad, herring, and other smoked fish round out the menu.

If you go, try booking a midnight crayfish-catch expedition with Uotila Villas and Holiday Cottages or Villa Hepohahti. They’ll prepare what you catch as long as you promise to make lots of slurping noise as you suck out the fruits of your night’s labor.

Of course, you can throw your own summer fete with red lanterns, pounds of shellfish, and boatloads of friends. Sounds like a scene from one of our own Maine Driving Trips, actually.

Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor for Travel + Leisiure.

Photos courtesy of Visit Finland.

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