Northern lights in spring
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Northern lights in spring

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Not a very bright show of northern lights, but at least it's something. Usually when aurorae rise this far in the sky they're brighter, but not this time. In Lapland, it was apparently very good show - the observation log Taivaanvahti.fi was full of green pictures from there.

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A: Noctilucent clouds filling the whole sky

di Janne, 730 metri di distanza

Electric-blue clouds high in the stratosphere (up to 85km!) are reflecting the Sun's light, despite i...

Noctilucent clouds filling the whole sky

B: Frosty winter forest

di Janne, 1.0 km di distanza

-25°C and the waxing gibbous Moon is shining on top of the Orion constellation. Near the zenith is th...

Frosty winter forest

C: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 14 of 20

di Janne, 1.0 km di distanza

And here we meet the snow mobile tracks once again. This is the furthest point of the ski track, now ...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 14 of 20

D: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 13 of 20

di Janne, 1.1 km di distanza

We're now deep in boreal forest called Kalettomankangas after a lake nearby (lake Kaleton).

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 13 of 20

E: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 10 of 20

di Janne, 1.1 km di distanza

And now the path enters the forest again.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 10 of 20

F: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 11 of 20

di Janne, 1.2 km di distanza

The same snow mobile track crosses the ski track once again. We are in Huvikumpu's forests now.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 11 of 20

G: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 12 of 20

di Janne, 1.2 km di distanza

Ha, someone has made a shortcut. That's not very good sportmanship, ain't it?

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 12 of 20

H: Before the aurora explosion

di Janne, 1.2 km di distanza

This is photographed just before the most intense period of the northern lights.

Before the aurora explosion

I: Explosion of color, northern lights 2012-03-07

di Janne, 1.2 km di distanza

Short burst of very intense northern lights.More images at pallopanoraama.blogspot.com.

Explosion of color, northern lights 2012-03-07

J: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 9 of 20

di Janne, 1.2 km di distanza

A tree has fallen next to the ski track.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 9 of 20

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Finland

Questa è una vista generale di Finland

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.

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