The folklore of Heikki Lunta

As the Copper Country prepares for Heikinpaiva Saturday, a local folklorist is spreading the word about Heikki Lunta. ABC Ten’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has the story.


Love him or hate him…Heikki Lunta is now a fixture in Finnish-American Folklore.

If there is an expert on the famous snow god…it would be University of Wisconsin PhD Candidate Hilary Virtanen.

Hilary’s dissertation is on Finnish-American Ethnicity and one of her passions is the mystique of Heikki Lunta.

But what does the Bringer Of Bad Winter Weather say about ourselves?

With the main Heikinpaiva celebrations set to begin…now is a good time to tip our hats to Heikki Lunta.