Professional travel photographer Tim Bird shares his love of photographing Finland

"I’ve been based in the Finnish capital Helsinki for more than thirty years, so I know the country well. Four distinct seasons lend varied moods to endless landscapes of lake and forest. In the far north, Arctic wilderness fells are ablaze in reds and yellows in autumn and shimmer with pinks and blues in winter. In the south, including on the shores of the capital, the rugged Baltic coastlines are etched by winter ice and battered by spring and autumn storms."

"The moods of the Finns are also shaped by the changing light, from winter melancholy to summer elation. The seasonal cycle doesn’t change – although global warming appears to be having an effect in the form of shorter winters and earlier springs – but the photographic northern nuances remain endless."

Autumn colours, known as ruska, provide a vivid backdrop in autumnal Lapland

Colourful waterfall, Finland, Europe

Sunset on the River Vantaa on the northern edge of Helsinki

Gorgeous sunset on lake, Finland, Europe

Rocky islands and skerries form archipelagos along the southern Baltic coast

In the ocean, Finnish island, Finland, Europe

Reindeer-herding remains a source of livelihood in the province of Lapland

Moose, Finland, Europe

Brilliant colours in blueberry and lingonberry shrubs

Colourful moorland, Finland, Europe

The low winter sun barely rises but sheds a uniquely beautiful light

Finland in snow, by Tim Bird, Europe

The lighthouse keeper’s house at Söderskär

Houses on peninsula, Finland, Europe

Hides, like this one in Kainuu, are set up for brown bear watching

Bears in the rain, Finland, Europe

Magical pink light on a snowbound fell at Levi

Finland, trees with snow, Europe

A husky team from Husky Point near Rovaniemi races the sunrise

Dog sledding, Finland, Europe

Thin evening mist forms on one of thousands of lakes in eastern Finland

Stunning reflection in lake, Finland, Europe

The husky safari is one of many exotic Arctic activities in Lapland

Dog sledding, Finland

Hikers' shelter under the Northern Lights at Sinettä near the Arctic Circle

Northern lights by hut, Finland

Icebreakers keep the ports open in the northern Gulf of Bothnia

Ship among ice, Finland, Europe

Cold comfort in an ice suite at the Arctic Snow Hotel near Rovaniemi

Ice Hotel, Finland, Europe

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Lapland

Lake, Finland

The Northern Lights, Helsinki

Northern lights in Finland, Europe

Winter grips Suomenlinna, Helsinki’s historic eighteenth-century island fortress

Wide-angle view of Finnish town, Finland

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