Famed artist and Kuusamo native Meeri Koutaniemi shares her favourite summertime nature spots and explains the role that wilderness plays in her artistic expression.
Meeri Koutaniemi is a renowned Finnish artist and journalist best known for her evocative portrait photographs depicting people and humanity. Born and raised in Lapland’s Kuusamo, next to the popular outdoor destination of Ruka, she moved away for her studies at the age of 15. Yet she returns home to her roots frequently.
“Kuusamo’s forests are the best place for me – the most calming and inspiring of all places possible,” she explains. In the summer, she enjoys swimming in lakes and rivers and going for long walks in the forest, often barefoot, to connect to the place that is central to her identity and fuels her artistic expression.
In this article, Koutaniemi shares five nature spots that “never lose their glory” and explains how summer in Lapland is “a time that makes one feel like everything is possible.”