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Home to Saint Nicholas, the Aurora Borealis, the midnight sun and the polar night, as well as many species rarely encountered elsewhere in Europe, Finland is one of Europe's last great wilderness areas. Its relatively unspoilt territories are reflected in the coniferous taiga forests and the many lakes and bogs which together dominate 80% of the landscape.

Much of the northern and central regions experience a subarctic climate for half of the year, with regular snowfalls adding a sense of peace and natural harmony. Winter north of the arctic circle is where the treeless fells of Lapland are cloaked in the bluish polar night and the celebrated northern lights flicker in the skies. At Finland's northernmost point, the sun does not set for 73 consecutive days in the summer.

Finland's popularity with birdwatchers is testimony to the wide array of unique species found here - including owls, woodpeckers and grouse. Finland also supports charismatic mammals such as brown bears (the national animal), lynx, wolverine and reindeer.

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Single-photographer portfolios from this region can be browsed under the search terms "Jorma Luhta Finland" or "Markus Varesvuo Finland".

Snow laden trees. Finland, Scandinavia, Europe  -  Seppo Valjakka
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Seppo Valjakka / Snow laden trees. Finland, Scandinavia, Europe
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male flying over snow in winter plumage, Utsjoki, Finland, April 2005  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male flying over snow in winter plumage, Utsjoki, Finland, April 2005
Siberian jay flying up to branch {Perisoreus infaustus} Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Siberian jay flying up to branch {Perisoreus infaustus} Finland
Man cross country skiing past trees laden with snow, Lapland, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Man cross country skiing past trees laden with snow, Lapland, Finland
Aurora borealis colours in night sky above camp tent, Lapland, northern Finland, winter  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Aurora borealis colours in night sky above camp tent, Lapland, northern Finland, winter
Northern lights, Lapland, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Northern lights, Lapland, Finland
Northern lights, Lapland, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Northern lights, Lapland, Finland
Aurora borealis bow prior to storm. Northern Finland, winter 2002  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Aurora borealis bow prior to storm. Northern Finland, winter 2002
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) landing, Hyvink Finland, January 2007  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) landing, Hyvink Finland, January 2007
Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) looking backwards perched in tree in snow, Helsinki, Finland, December 2006  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) looking backwards perched in tree in snow, Helsinki, Finland, December 2006
Hawk Owl perched in frost (Surnia ulula) Finland  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Hawk Owl perched in frost (Surnia ulula) Finland
Hawk Owl {Surnia ulula} pouncing on prey below the snow, Finland.  -  DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Hawk Owl {Surnia ulula} pouncing on prey below the snow, Finland.
Black Cock / Grouse {Tetrao tetrix} fighting on lek in snow, Finland. Males competiong to mate with females  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Black Cock / Grouse {Tetrao tetrix} fighting on lek in snow, Finland. Males competiong to mate with females
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male calling, Liminka, Finland, 2003  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male calling, Liminka, Finland, 2003
European river otter {Lutra lutra} feeds on frog beside Common cranes, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / European river otter {Lutra lutra} feeds on frog beside Common cranes, Finland
Lapland bunting (Calcarius lapponicus) female in snow, Helsinki, Finland, January 2003  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Lapland bunting (Calcarius lapponicus) female in snow, Helsinki, Finland, January 2003
Northern Goshawk {Accipiter gentilis} perched in snow, Finland  -  Seppo Valjakka
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Seppo Valjakka / Northern Goshawk {Accipiter gentilis} perched in snow, Finland
Lynx in snow {Lynx lunx}  Finland  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Lynx in snow {Lynx lunx} Finland
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) landing on small patch of land in wetlands, Porvoo, Finland, April 2006  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) landing on small patch of land in wetlands, Porvoo, Finland, April 2006
Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus) male amongst reeds collecting seeds, Finland  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus) male amongst reeds collecting seeds, Finland
Oulankajoki River swollen with melted snow, Oulanka NP, Kuusamo, N Finland  -  DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Oulankajoki River swollen with melted snow, Oulanka NP, Kuusamo, N Finland
Arctic cloudberry {Rubus chamaemorus} fruiting, Lapland, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Arctic cloudberry {Rubus chamaemorus} fruiting, Lapland, Finland
Bean goose flying {Anser fabalis} Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Bean goose flying {Anser fabalis} Finland
Wet swamp land, eastern Lapland, Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Wet swamp land, eastern Lapland, Finland
Autumn colours of Birch and Spruce forest edging Lake Vuontisjarvi-Ruska, Pallas-Ounastunturi NP, Lapland, Finland  -  Angelo Gandolfi
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Angelo Gandolfi / Autumn colours of Birch and Spruce forest edging Lake Vuontisjarvi-Ruska, Pallas-Ounastunturi NP, Lapland, Finland
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) running, Finland  -  Kerstin Hinze
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Kerstin Hinze / Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) running, Finland
Northern Finland with Common scoters on lake  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Northern Finland with Common scoters on lake
Two Black throated divers on water {Gavia arctica} Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Two Black throated divers on water {Gavia arctica} Finland
Spruce trees in taiga forest with lichens, East Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Spruce trees in taiga forest with lichens, East Finland
Common cranes displaying by woodland {Grus grus} Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Common cranes displaying by woodland {Grus grus} Finland
Wolverine {Gulo gulo}, Kuhmo, Finland.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Wolverine {Gulo gulo}, Kuhmo, Finland.
European brown bear {Ursos arctos} wild, summer, Finland  -  DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / European brown bear {Ursos arctos} wild, summer, Finland
Arctic Warbler singing (Phylloscopus borealis), Kuusamo, Finland, 2005  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Arctic Warbler singing (Phylloscopus borealis), Kuusamo, Finland, 2005
Bluethroat {Luscinia svecica / Erithacus svecicus} male singing on bush, Inari, Finland.  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Bluethroat {Luscinia svecica / Erithacus svecicus} male singing on bush, Inari, Finland.
Siberian tit {Poecile cinctus} Finland  -  Jorma Luhta
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Jorma Luhta / Siberian tit {Poecile cinctus} Finland
Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) viewed through hole in rotten tree, Finland  -  Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) viewed through hole in rotten tree, Finland