Another Year in Lapland

In my last post I asked you where you had been in 2015 and what was your highlight. Thinking about last year I decided to post another summary of my year in photographs all taken throughout Lapland.

January

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February

Another Year in Lapland

One of my favourite photographs from last year and part of my most popular blog post Changing of the Season.

March

Another Year in Lapland

In Finland it is common to have a dip in a hole cut into the lake, like this one, after the sauna. Have you done it?

April

Another Year in Lapland

Seeing the Northern Lights can be difficult, by being in Lapland a year the chances of seeing them were far more likely.

May

Another Year in Lapland

Tromsø, Norwary

Tromsø, my destination of 2015. Where was yours?

June

Another Year in Lapland

Yllasjarvi, Finland

July

Another Year in Lapland

One of the most idyllic cabins I have ever visited. Unfortunately it is only an empty shell, a prop left over from a movie. Visit my post A Cabin with a View to see more.

August

Another Year in Lapland

Nordcap, Norway

Another photograph from Norway, this time from the most Northern part. If you travelled by sea from here the next place you would reach would be the Arctic.

Read more about reindeer in my post Life of a Reindeer.

September

Another Year in Lapland

Kilpisjärvi, Finland

the 1,029m Saana fell towers over the small town of Kilpisjärvi in the Northern arm of Finland. See the 742 steps that lead to the top HERE.

October

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Levi, Finland

November

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December

Another Year in Lapland

Wandering reindeer are easy to spot but they never stay around too long.

For my other year in pictures visit my post HERE.

 

A Year in Lapland

After a year it is time to leave the Arctic Circle and head south for the winter. It has been an excellent experience to see Lapland change throughout the year with its dramatic seasonal extremes.

As well as the difference in climate there is also a difference in lifestyle, a more back to basics living. Nature is a large part of living in Lapland and during the long summer days you can make the most of it. To really enjoy Lapland you have to come to terms with the dark and cold days during the winter.

I have shared many of my photographs with you over the year but there are stills some I haven’t. I have compiled a list of the last year, a photograph for each month. Some you might have seen but many you wouldn’t have.

What month (or months) do you like the most?

A Year in Lapland

January 

A Year in Lapland

Ice hole swimming in Ylläsjärvi

February

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The top of Ylläs

March

A Year in Lapland

Kakslauttanen

April

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Lets race!

May

A Year in Lapland

The melting of the ice, Ylläsjärvi

June

A Year in Lapland

The Midnight Sun

Other photographs of the Midnight Sun HERE and HERE.

July

A Year in Lapland

Reindeer are free to roam in Lapland. See more photographs HERE.

August

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Featured in my post Three Nations Border Point

September

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Äkäslompolo

October

A Year in Lapland

For more Northern Lights

November

A Year in Lapland

December

A Year in Lapland

Rovaniemi

Winter is Coming

In Lapland winter is always coming. For a majority of the year the landscape is covered in snow and the temperatures often drop well below zero. After the Ruska period the leaves fall from the trees and the first frost isn’t far behind.

The collection of photographs below are an account of the Transition between autumn and winter.

Do you think this is a dramatic change? Is this what you would expect from life above the Arctic Circle?

Winter is Coming

Ruska

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

The First Frost

Winter is Coming

The River Begins to Freeze

Winter is Coming

Snowfall

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

The Winter Sun Barely Touches the Ground