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

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Kakslauttanen

April

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Lets race!

May

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The melting of the ice, Ylläsjärvi

June

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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

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Winter is Coming

The First Frost

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The River Begins to Freeze

Winter is Coming

Snowfall

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Winter is Coming

The Winter Sun Barely Touches the Ground

Kittilä Church

Kittilä church was completed in 1831 and was the only building in Kittilä to survive the German’s Scorched Earth policy during the Lapland war in 1944. The church was designed by C.L Engel, the same man who designed the Iconic Helsinki Cathedral.

Which do you like, Kittilä church in summer or winter?

Kittilä Church

Summer

Kittilä Church

Winter

A great Transition.

This post continues HERE.