“Surrounded by fog and tranquility, we started slowly moving ahead. Only sound was the scrunching snow under our shoes. Swaying shafts of light from the headlamp guided us. And there, above the Arctic Circle, in the dark and cold, we found the most beautiful scenery of all”.
Joonas Linkola, Salla
“Autumn can be such a magical time in the Finnish Lapland. We were fortunate to see a clear sky when the Auroras were dancing above us. I was so in awe of the beauty of this phenomenon, that I almost forgot to take photos. This has happened to me at times – luckily, I remembered my camera. This boat had been left behind and had seen its best days, but it sure had the most beautiful landscape surrounding it”.
Mikko Lagerstedt, Kilpisjärvi
“February is quite an exciting time for aurora hunters. Nature is so beautiful as the trees are covered in thick, heavy snow and all the shapes are so round and soft. I remember February 2016 being an extremely cloudy month. I was happy to see that the forecast promised 24 hours of clear skies for the next day. I woke up early that day and hiked to Kuertunturi fell to shoot the sunny and snowy landscapes. I also did some location scouting for that evening. I went back home just to pack my bags again, filling them with camera gear and extra clothes. I pulled all my gear in a sleigh all the way up to the fell and waited. I was rewarded big time. The night was magical! I think I will always remember the 16th of February as THE Aurora night of 2016. The Northern Lights were so strong and they covered the whole sky, in each direction I looked.”
Markus Kiili, Ylläs
“This photo was taken in the beginning of April in Kaunispää, Saariselkä. It was around midnight and I had already decided to head back home because it seemed like there wouldn’t be any activity. As I was walking down the hill, the Northern Lights suddenly started dancing above me.
During that night I got so many good Aurora shots in all kinds of shapes. Many of them look like birds, like an eagle ready to attack or a hawk ready to fly off”.
Jani Ylinampa, Saariselkä
“August was just about to turn to September when me and my friend Sami went to the shore of Äkäslompolo lake in Ylläs, Lapland. Couple of months earlier they had built a nice swing there, and ever since I found out about it, I had this vision of a photo with someone swinging under the Northern Lights.
Unfortunately, it looked like there wouldn’t be any aurora that night. We could only see the stars above us and beautiful mist rising from the lake. Regardless of the forecast, the Northern Lights are very unpredictable, you can never tell what will happen. That night, luckily, we didn’t have to leave empty handed in the end. Suddenly the lights just filled the whole sky and I was able to take the photo I had dreamt of for so long. When something like this happens, you forget about the cold and everything around you. My advice is to always remember to look up when the sky is clear – you might miss something incredible otherwise.”