Q: What about your favorite aurora location?
A: "I love it up North, and there are many awesome places where I’ve been to in Finland and Lapland. And also a lot of places where I want to go to. In Finland, my favourites thus far are Ylläs, Kilpisjärvi, and Utsjoki. In Northern Norway, I’d really like to shoot auroras in Senja and Lofoten - both of which I’ve only visited during summer when we have the Midnight Sun instead of starry skies."
Q: Do you have any tips for aurora lovers who want to visit Finland for the first time?
A: "As strong auroras are very rare in Southern Finland, I recommend going above the Arctic Circle. The more up North you go, the stronger the auroras. Cloudy weather is usually the biggest challenge and for example, during this winter it has seemed that Utsjoki has had the most amount of clear skies.
It’s a good thing to note, that usually the strong aurora “shows” last for a very short while - sometimes only a couple of minutes. So if you just peek outside and see nothing, it doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be great auroras coming up. So be prepared to wait outside for longer periods, and remember to dress warmly. And it always helps if you can get away from artificial lights and have a place where there's good open visibility towards the north. When solar activity is very high, the auroras can also be straight above your head or even in the south. But then they’re so bright that they’re impossible to miss!"
Q: Lastly, if you can choose to bring only three gears to your Northern Lights trip. What will they be?
A: "Hmm well if we’re only talking about photography gear, the choice is very easy: Tripod, camera body, and a fast wide-angle lens!"