Amazing Aerial Photos of a Finnish Island Across Four Seasons

Kotisaari Island in Finland


Photographer Jani Ylinampa has the good fortune to live in one of the world's most scenic areas—Finnish Lapland. And he takes full advantage of his surroundings, photographing the colorful Northern Lights and all the beauty that the environment has to offer. But it's the changing dynamic of a small island that has really caught his attention.

Kotisaari Island is a small landmass, accessible only by boat, in the town of Rovaniemi. Nestled into the Kemi River, the island was a lumberjack stronghold in a time when the waterway was used by the logging industry. Now, the idyllic island is the protagonist of a set of photos by Ylinampa, which shows the changing seasons. Winter, spring, summer, and fall—Ylinampa's photographs show the remarkable beauty of the island year-round.

“The first time I took the photo of the island was in summer 2015 and I published it on my Instagram account in spring 2016,” Ylinampa tells My Modern Met. “It went viral soon afterward and was shared on countless accounts on social media. That’s when I got the idea of taking photos of each season.”

While the idea seems simple, Ylinampa's execution captures the light and color of Kotisaari Island from an emerald green summer to the snowy white winter. In fact, the local photographer hopes that his pictures demonstrate that Lapland is more than just a winter wonderland. “There’s so much to experience especially during summer and autumn, with the midnight sun and the autumn northern lights; they’re better when there is yet no snow on the ground to reflect light.”

Ylinampa's photographs certainly prove the power of nature and that all we need is the right setting to make photographic magic happen.

Finnish landscape photographer Jani Ylinampa photographed Kotisaari Island across different seasons in order to show its year-round beauty.

Kotisaari Island in Finland


Jani Ylinampa Finnish Lapland Landscape Photography


Jani Ylinampa Finnish Lapland Landscape Photography


Here are some other aerial perspectives of the island throughout the year.
Kotisaari Island in Lapland by Jani Ylinampa

Kotisaari Island in Finland

Jani Ylinampa Finnish Lapland Landscape Photography

Jani Ylinampa: Facebook | Instagram | 500px

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Jani Ylinampa.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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