Lapland is one of the most magical places in the world, and the reason for this is that there are so many sights to see. The sights, more importantly, are not even man-made. Most of these sights are natural and unmanipulated by human hands. Hence, it is perfectly understandable why Lapland has become an easy favorite for photographers, whether experts or beginners.
One of the most exciting natural ‘events’ in Lapland is the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. This is when you’re able to witness the beautiful light-play of the Aurora Borealis, which is, of course, a natural phenomenon. Here are the top places to visit if you’re planning to shoot those Northern Lights.
Fell Kuertunturi is located at Äkäslompolo and is famous for its trees that are covered with snow. You can witness these trees from the end of December to beginning of March. Middle of February is the time for the best view. If you want the easiest route, you can go up to the top which starts from end of road Kievarintie. Remember that for photography, the best locations are not on the top but below the tree line.
This is a small lake just on Village Äkäslompolo. One of the most popular places to photograph is at the back of Jounin Kauppa Supermarket near Ylläksen Yöpuu sauna. Remember that the best season for both your visit and your shoot is from end of August to end of October, which basically means ‘as long as there is no snow covered ice on lake.’ On night time water is normally still and you will get wonderful reflections. On the other hand, during the winter, the lake is frozen, and then it becomes a good place to just watch the lights.
Kellostapuli is one of seven fells surrounding Village Äkäslompolo. Kellostapuli is actually beautiful anytime, but of course if you’re visiting to shoot the auroras then winter is the perfect time to do so.
Bonus Tip: Remember to bring those winter clothes. You can shop online for them, and make sure to look for good special discounts while you’re at it.