Lapland harbours some of the most legendary of natural treasures. Its location in the northern-most part of Europe means that it remains inaccessible to the vast majority of people; only a privileged few are fortunate enough to visit this truly enigmatic land.
Many of us have heard of Lapland, yet, in reality, it remains relatively undiscovered by most of us. There is much that we do not know about its inhabitants, its culture and its wildlife (both flora and fauna) that we have yet to uncover. This general lack of awareness is due in part to the vast area Lapland covers and its relative inaccessibility. The scope of Lapland is poorly known even among Scandinavians and little has been written on the region and its hidden treasures.
With this serving as fuel to our enthusiasm, we embarked on our trip of discovery to this outermost region of Europe; our aim to discover some of the beautiful treasures of Lapland and capture them through our images.
Between November 2005 and June 2007 we spent 8 months in the “Cap of the North” in order to produce a book, in co-operation with the Hungarian, Alexandra Publishing. Our journey took us through seven distinct areas of modern day Lapland; our goal was to discover each one in terms of its varying landscape and natural heritage. Taking us through areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland, our journey covered a significant portion of this magical region.
Lapland is a never-ending project for us, and we have tried to visit a different part of this country every year since we published our book. It has something to offer throghout the seasons: in winter, the barren coastline of Finnmark is the most attractive, clothed in white by the sudden snow-showers reaching the area from the North. Despite its northern location, the fjords give shelter to many duck species, as the coastline is warmed by the North Atlantic Current.
In spring, the sound of migrating birds calls us for to visit Pasvik, it is teaming with birdlife from late April/beginning of May.
The Norwegian coast is a “must” to visit in the middle of the summer, when millions of seabirds feed their young at the bird-colonies of Lofoten, the Helgeland archipelago, and several other places further North.
Autumn is best in the mountains, and the Swedish Laponian area in the middle of the Scandinavian mountain chain has a wildlife that is unparalelled in the North.