Nature photographer, Jani Ylinampa captured the beauty of Kotisaari Island during the four seasons with his drone. Until 1980, the island used to be a meeting point for the lumberjacks of Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland. One of the buildings on the island has since been converted into a tavern and a daily ferry brings tourists to and from the island. As Kotisaari Island is only four miles from the Arctic Circle, flying a drone during the winter months proved to be a real challenge.
The four seasons of Kotisaari Island
In 2015 local nature photographer, Jani Ylinampa took an aerial photo of the idyllic island nestled in the Kemi river. As the image went viral on social media, Jani returned to take additional photos to show the island’s beauty throughout the different seasons.
“The seasonal changes in Lapland are drastic and this little island is the perfect way to display them,” says Jani to The Guardian. flying a drone during the winter months can be a challenge though. The island is only four miles from the Arctic Circle and temperatures drop to well below freezing during the winter months. Jani added: “Especially in winter, I need the weather to be dry so the propellers don’t freeze.”
Until 1980, Kotisaari Island was a popular meeting point for the lumberjacks of Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland. The Ounas and Kemi rivers were used as floating channels for the logging industry but this system was ultimately replaced by the use of modern trucks. The idyllic island has now become a tourist location, only accessible by boat. A daily ferry schedule allows tourists to come and visit the island to get a feel for what life was like for the lumberjacks of yesteryear. One of the building has been converted into a tavern to accommodate all the daily visitors.
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Photo credit: Jani Ylinampa