Winter Awakening : Talvi Herääminen

What usually comes to mind when most people think about the Arctic is mounds of snow, dog-sledding and perhaps an aurora lighting up the night sky. These are generally the things you would expect to see when you’re in Lapland. However, if you venture high enough into the mountains during the midst of winter, then you might just find yourself immersed in a very strange fantasy world where wizard-like creatures rule the land.

All of these photos were taken at the peak of Riisitunturin kansallispuisto (Riisitunturi National Park) in Finnish Lapland. There had been very heavy snowfall over many weeks, resulting in deep snow-covered spruce trees during the winter. The weather was constantly changing, with very fickle light swallowed by swathes of fog. It felt so unearthly to be up there in the frosty cold, without a single sound but my own breath as I stumbled through the snow.


'This Twilight Silence', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
Frozen in the afterglow.

'Said The Prince To The Wizard', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
Wands are only as powerful as the wizards who use them.

'Life in a Fog House', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
My secret life as a plesiosaur.

'The Gathering', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
Not all that shines is gold, nor all that glows is silver.

'The Butterfly Collectors', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
This is the place where dreams begin. I wait right here for you, I shiver underneath your skin; a brazen thief who walks right in.

'Love By Degrees', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
Magnifying the arrival of a newborn.

'Migration of the Gnomes', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
Is there no way out of the mind?

'Mad Bunny', Riisitunturi National Park, Pudasjärvi, Finnish Lapland
There's a monster running wild inside of me.

'The Weak, The Old, The Wise', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
The forest will answer you in the way you call to it.

'Spirited Away', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
I will follow you to the abyss.

'A Peasant's Apology', Riisitunturi National Park, Posio, Finnish Lapland
My King, I have nothing which I love better than you.