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
Sunset on the River Vantaa on the northern edge of Helsinki
Rocky islands and skerries form archipelagos along the southern Baltic coast
Reindeer-herding remains a source of livelihood in the province of Lapland
Brilliant colours in blueberry and lingonberry shrubs
The low winter sun barely rises but sheds a uniquely beautiful light
The lighthouse keeper’s house at Söderskär
Hides, like this one in Kainuu, are set up for brown bear watching
Magical pink light on a snowbound fell at Levi
A husky team from Husky Point near Rovaniemi races the sunrise
Thin evening mist forms on one of thousands of lakes in eastern Finland
The husky safari is one of many exotic Arctic activities in Lapland
Hikers' shelter under the Northern Lights at Sinettä near the Arctic Circle
Icebreakers keep the ports open in the northern Gulf of Bothnia
Cold comfort in an ice suite at the Arctic Snow Hotel near Rovaniemi
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Lapland
The Northern Lights, Helsinki
Winter grips Suomenlinna, Helsinki’s historic eighteenth-century island fortress