One of the Northern Hemisphere’s most spectacular visual experien­ces is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights – bright, fiery tapestries of hazel and amber that flicker and stretch across the heavens. Known in Finnish as revontulet (lit. “fires of the fox”), the country’s northern reaches are some of the best places in the world to see them. The lights are best seen on clear nights in rural areas from February to March and September to October. The further north you are the better: in some parts of northern Lapland there are as many as 200 displays per year. If you’re hoping to take snapshots of the aurora sky, remember to use long exposures – between 5 and 60 seconds – and bring a tripod. In the summertime, meanwhile, the midnight sun – 24 hours of daylight – is visible from anywhere north of the Arctic Circle during high summer.

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In pictures: brushing shoulders with bears in Finland’s newest national park

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In 2017, Hossa – an area of pristine wilderness with superb hiking near Finland’s eastern border – will become the country’s 40th national park. Photog…

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Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas

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To Finns, it is the most natural thing on the planet: disrobing, sweating it out naked in front of strangers in temperatures of 80°C, occasionally self-flagell…

11 Aug 2016 • Luke Waterson insert_drive_file Article
18 beautiful pictures of Finland

18 beautiful pictures of Finland

Professional travel photographer Tim Bird shares his love of photographing Finland.  "I’ve been based in the Finnish capital Helsinki for more than thirty…

12 May 2015 • Tim Bird insert_drive_file Article
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