Photographing in Riisitunturi National Park - One-day weather diary
Riisitunturi national park is one of the best winter photography locations in forest Lapland. It is a place of a surreal-like alien world winter wonderland. One of the snowiest place in Finland, snow-covered trees and beautiful arctic light is a combo that makes it a world-class photographic spot.
Best time to photograph the area is in December - January. Arctic light is at it’s most epic levels when day length is about 3-5 hours. Spending one full day out there you can shoot everything from sunrise to night sky. In this blog post, I will show you how the light changes during the day. All pictures were shot 27th Dec 2015.
RIISITUNTURI SUNRISE TO SUNSET
Hiking or skiing from the parking lot takes about an hour to reach the top of the hill where the wanderer cabin is located. You should time your trip so that you have enough time to hike up there before sunrise.
Sunset was 13:32 There is still about 30 minutes pink glow after the sunset. I did not take any photos 14:00 - 16.00. I went to wilderness cabin to eat and chill for a few hours. It will take about two-three hours after sunset until the sky is getting dark enough to start shooting night photography.
I left the cabin after 18:00 and started skiing back to the car taking pictures on the way. I was able to capture some nice starry photos before moonrise. I skied back to the parking lot under the moonlight and continued taking pictures on the way.
Weather can be freezing at that time of the year, and you can expect even - 35°c cold. You should wear proper winter gear!! Don't forget hot drink and snacks, working in the cold temperatures takes a lot of energy.