This idyllic mini island in Finland is completely transformed in every season

The Kotisaari island it is a microuniverse contained in just a few hundred meters. Slightly larger than a soccer stadium, it has trees, houses, grasslands, a harbor, and two lakes. Its appearance changes completely throughout the four seasons of the year.

As our colleague Andrea Núñez-Torrón Stock tells us at TICbeat, the island of Kotisaari is located very close to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in Finland. It is one of the most unpopulated areas in Europe.

Although some houses can be seen in the photos, is uninhabited. For more than a century it was used as a refuge for lumberjacks, when they transported the logs by the river. But when ships were replaced by trucks, the island stopped being used. Today it is a tourist place where the houses of the woodcutters have been converted into a bar, and a museum.

Lapland’s extreme temperatures mean that the island is completely transformed in each season. The photographer Jani Ylinampa dedicated a year to photographing the island from a drone view, from the same position, to obtain these spectacular photographs.

The most representative image of the island of Kotisaari is the winter photography that we see in the opening photo of the news. Winter in Lapland lasts 200 days, reaching temperatures of up to 50 degrees below zero. The Kemijoki River on which the island sits freezes completely, and can be reached on foot.

On the contrary, the summer months, which last from June to mid-August, are the most splendid moment in Kotisaari, where an average temperature of 10 degrees is reached. At this time tourism on the island is activated.


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The second photograph shows us Kotisaari in autumn and spring. It seems that the photos are changed but no, so close to the North Pole autumn is more colorful than spring, where after a harsh winter the ice has wreaked havoc on the vegetation, which will not recover until the summer.

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