*** Warning! This post contains a huge amount of photos that make you fall in love with and want to travel to Finland immediately. Reading this post is at your own risk only. The blogger won’t take the blame if you need to buy expensive flying tickets right after seeing the photos. ***
Ok, I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. I’m not a professional photographer, not even a little bit. I bought my very first DSLR camera about a year ago and it travels with me everywhere I go, even if I still sometimes give in and take shots with my smart phone. Last spring I took a photographing course that was way too pricey for the quality, and even if I try to practice (nearly) every day, I can admit my pictures can’t compare with other bloggers’ photos.
I think you can learn any skill you want to learn, even photography, but until then I’ll just keep praising Finland for having such beautiful landscapes that even I can’t fail!
You see, there are landscapes, and then there are landscapes! Such landscapes you can’t take a bad shot of even if you were the crappiest photographer on Earth with the crappiest camera ever made. Such landscapes like the views in Koli National Park under fresh, white snow.
Koli National Park is located in Eastern Finland, and it has had a special meaning for many Finnish people for hundreds of years. The amazing views have inspired the most famous Finnish artists of all times, such as painters, writers, and composers, and therefore the landscapes in Koli have earned the right to be called as the national scenery of Finland. And hell yeah, Koli really deserves it! You will see soon why.
We got extremely lucky during our one day visit to Koli National Park in January, as the snow had just landed on the hills and treetops of Eastern Finland. The sky was bright blue and cloudless, and the rays of sunshine were sparkling from the surface of the frozen snow so bright it made us squint our eyes. Besides our own breath, we couldn’t hear a sound.
The freezing cold weather of -30 degrees made our noses and fingertips tingle. The snow was crunching under our shoes when we climbed on top of the high hills of the National Park. My water bottle got frozen almost immediately, so did my camera, and yet I was able to capture what I wanted to and what I had traveled for; landscapes so amazingly beautiful they definitely deserve to be called as Finnish national scenery. Landscapes so beautiful they don’t even need editing.
Some of the photos are taken with a frozen Nikon, some of them with an icy cell phone, some of them even through a dirty window of a funicular, but they have not been edited. I have only added my paw print on the bottom corner and resized them way smaller in order to load faster, but nothing else has been done.
I wish you could feel even a millionth of the pleasure and satisfaction that took my breath away on a sunny winter day when admiring the Finnish national scenery on top of the hills of Koli National Park.
Morning walk to the top of Mäkrävaara hill was freezing but totally worth it, or what do you think?
Winter day photographed from (almost clean) window of the funicular in Koli National Park, Finland.
Sometimes it’s worth looking behind your back. Especially when you’re in Koli National Park.
Are you already searching for flights to Finland? If not, perhaps you should.
And if you end up booking your flights, here’s an interesting tip for accommodation in Koli National Park: Ikolanaho wilderness hut – and how does it feel when it’s -30 degrees!
If you visit Koli National Park in winter, make sure you go cruising on the longest inland ice road in the whole of Europe!
Pin these unedited winter photos from Koli National Park for later:
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