Northern lights and the Milky Way in Maaninka
Away from those pesky street light, the skies were lit up by this magnificent show of northern lights. Mostly red and green were seen in the sky in the late hours of 13th of November, 2012. Note also the distinctive figure of Milky Way above.
Only a faint aurora arc is left of the colourful show of northern lights.
Kp-index only rose to 3 (out of 10), so not very bright show, but better than nothing.
Moon lits the frosty landscape, in the distance some light pillars can be seen reaching up to the sta...
Wind blowing at seven meters per second forced us to hide here, otherwise the gusts would shake the c...
This is the northern end of the old Ruokovirta canala (Ruokovirran kanava). On the opposite side of t...
Lots of sunspots can only mean northern lights. The night start to get lighter and lighter as the sum...
Ruokovirta canal is built in 1878 to help traffic thru from Pieni Ruokovesi to Suuri Ruokovesi. The c...
Hevosenharja esker at Siilinjärvi, Finland. All this was forrest couple years ago, now all the wood h...
Bright noctilucent clouds fill the whole sky once again.
Warm, misty night ashore lake Kevätön.
Finland is the jam. It came from an exploding egg, the egg of a water bird, the top half of which you can still see in the shape of the starry canopy that hangs over the earth.
Finland is the most sparsely-populated country in the EU with only 5 million people. It's also been ranked the second most stable country in the world, after Norway.
Historically, Finland has been a part of Sweden and later, Russia. It was an autonomous Grand Duchy during the Russian Empire's reign and lasted as such until their declaration of independence in 1917. Subsequently Finland survived a civil war and wars against both Russia and Nazi Germany to eventually settle down as an EU member circa 1955.
Finnish language is cool, it's totally unrelated to the whole Latin-root thing. Its closest relative is Hungarian. Linguistic historians estimate that it came from northern central Russia from 3000BC.
If you're in Helsinki, the museum at Suomenlinna has some interesting bunkers and military wreckage, including a submarine!
Caught on camera! Here's your long-awaited proof. Santa Claus comes from Finland.
Apart from Lappland, the other thing most people are familiar with out of Finland is aquavite. Literally it translates to "water of life" but it may make you feel more like you are dying when it hits your throat.
Text by Steve Smith.