Hotel Korpikartano is situated nicely in the middle of nature and far away from street lights and city or village lights, so no light pollution. That means ideal place for aurora watching and aurora photo shooting.
Our season for Northern Lights is long and first time we usually see aurora in the end of August, this year already on 19th August, then it is dark enough during the evening or night. And last possibility is on 12th April, sometimes on 13th April, after then it is too light already.
Autumn time is ideal for guests who are not so keen on snow or cold. Also Northern Lights look great when reflecting from surface of Lake Menesjärvi before it gets frozen in November.
During winter a good area for shooting auroras is on Lake Menesjärvi, only 2 minutes from the hotel main door! So in Korpikartano no need to hunt auroras or no need for transfers either! Also the nearby forest can give nice scenery under auroras.
Good time on our latitude is from 8pm until 2am. Earliest we have seen 4pm and latest 7am! We often say that when you can see stars, sky is clear enough to see northern lights when the sun is active enough. Sometimes the activity is so high that aurora reflects trough thin clouds or can be seen in windows, holes between clouds. Either you need not to be worried about full moon, as often then activity of the sun can be high and then aurora also very much visible as well.
What you need, are camera and tripod and useful info might be:
Best camera is DSLR, either aps-c or full frame
Most photographers come to our hotel with aps-c body, so the tips are for that.
Northern lights can fill the whole sky, so the lens is an issue.
With normal kit lens you can make pics, but it is often too narrow
We prefer fish-eye lenses, between 8-10mm
Our rental lenses are Samyang 8mm f3,5 which are good as multipurpose lenses.
Those lenses we have for Canon and Nikon
Most of our pictures in Flickr are taken either with that Samyang or with Sigma 10mm f2.8
If you have a p&s camera, it may also work fine, just make sure that you can use high ISO, between 800-1600 and long timing, up to 15-20sec.
Tripod is a must, heavier the better but whatever helps. In our hotel we have a few to borrow.
Some tips on a video for aurora shooting:
More aurora photos also on Korpikartano Flickr
Useful links for aurora info and weather:
It is said that in Lapland there are 8 seasons all together, because the changing of seasons is so dramatic and distinct from each other. The rhythm of life of the Sámi, “a people of eight seasons”, has been based on the yearly cycle in nature so the year always starts here from the spring when nature awakens again after a long winter. In addition to spring, summer, autumn and winter, we have also spring-summer (early summer), summer-autumn (late summer), autumn-winter (early winter) and spring-winter (late winter). Now we are in the middle of frosty winter time. The polar night has just ended and we are moving towards spring. The days are still cold with only a little of sun.
Find more info by visiting Siida – Sami Museum and Nature centre.
Cloudberry is a big golden-yellow berry. It has in Finnish language several names – hilla, lakka, suomuurain – depending on the region. Typically cloudberry grows on swamp areas which are hard to reach and full of mosquitos. That’s why, the price per kilo stays quite high. Crop starts to get ripen at the end of July or beginning of August making it the first berry to be ready for the berry pickers. However, crop varies from year to year, especially here in Lapland, since there can still be some night-frosts at the time of blooming.
Cloudberries ready to get picked up!
Lappish forests are full of berries. However, the crop is very late this year since it has been exceptional cold summer. Hotel Korpikartano area is ideal for berry picking and we also arrange berry picking trips. Berry picking is Everyman’s right in Finland. Blueberry crop starts to ripen in these days and we have already found couple of very juicy berry branches. Blueberry is very healthy with flavonoids, anthocyanin, fiber and vitamins C & E. It researched that especially anthocyanin (makes the blue color) have health benefits. Wild blueberry has more the anthocyanin than cultivated one. 100g berries a dayhelps you to stay healthy. You want to know more, come and pick the berries yourself!
You can make several products from blueberry. Our favorite, is our chef’s special blueberry pie. What is yours?
Video gives you some tips how to photographe Aurora.
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