Finland in Pictures: A Lake and a Sunset in Kajaani


I start the day in a taxi, the morning rush hour turning what should be a ten minute drive into a marathon.  I’ve taken this journey from my flat in North London to Paddington Station enough times to expect nothing less and feel more relaxed than the driver who is swearing and changing direction at every intersection.

I arrive at Paddington and make my way to an escalator that has an ‘out of service’ sign blocking its entrance.  I sigh as I moved to the left and slowly walk up the stairs, feeling weighed down by the camera bag on my black and luggage in my hand.  My arrival at the top coincides with a train ending its journey on Platform 12 and I join the faceless crowd of commuters dodging and weaving to their next destination.

I continue through the station and board the Heathrow Express with seconds to spare.  I stand by the door – there are no seats left – and sympathise with a commuter on the other side who is swearing at the closed door as the train leaves the platform without him.

I take a breath and exhale slowly.  I am one step closer to a break from the highs and lows of city life.  I still have a delayed flight to endure, one that will trigger a run through Helsinki airport as my name is called over the loud speaker for my connecting flight.  But I am still one step closer…


I end the day by a lake, pine trees reflecting in glass-like water.  I started my walk around the picturesque setting a couple of hours earlier, under a vibrant rainbow that announced the end of the rain that was falling when my plane landed.  I continued it under the soft and golden light of a setting sun.  And I now watch an explosion of orange, purple and pink hues spread across the twilight sky like fire.


I am in Kajaani, a small town in East Finland that is my gateway to a Wildlife Travel: Brown Bear Watching in Finland.  I am only 2,000 or so kilometres away from London but it feels a world away.

The more time I spend outside the city, the more connected I feel to the natural and remote locations I visit.  Maybe the vastness of the Australian outback I grew up in has never left my blood.  Maybe the discovery of my photography passion is opening my eyes to a different way of life.  Or maybe I’m simply embracing my inner hermit.


I feel more energised than I have in months as I leave behind the aspects of city life that have started to drain me: dodging people on the street who look more at their phones than where they are walking, making plans months in advance to catch up with over-committed friends and being part of a society that fills its day by being busy instead of productive.


Instead, I embrace the simplicity of the moment and breathe in the fresh air.  I see a couple walk towards me, talking to each other instead of their phones.  I watch a father and son reluctantly pack up their fishing rods as the light starts to fade.  I soak up the sound of birdsong and enjoy the absence of traffic and one-sided conversations.


And I look out at another rainbow that has appeared, blending in with the pink sky that refuses to fade into night.  It’s a great end to the day and a great start to my long weekend in Finland.   





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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at


  1. Great photos Kellie

  2. Amazing fotos Kellie – so fortunate to even be able to say ‘a long weekend in Finland’, haha. Looking forward to seeing more from the bears and beauty of Finland!

  3. Darryl S says:

    Just ran across your blog. I’ve enjoyed checking out the website and reading your blog. The photographs are wonderful. I’m just starting to get into doing some hiking and nature photography. I plan on getting outdoors much more and doing a bit of traveling albeit on a much much smaller scale than you. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading about your upcoming adventures and photographs.

    • Thanks Darryl, always great to connect with other nature/photographer lover. Good luck with your plans for more hiking and nature photography – I suspect you will ‘start small’ before finding yourself addicted like me!!

  4. Good luck with your plans for supplementary hiking and nature taking pictures..:)

  5. @Kellie Netherwood

    Astounding fotos – so blessed to try and have the capacity to say ‘a long weekend in Finland’, haha. Anticipating seeing more from the bears and magnificence of Finlan


  6. I take a breath and breathe out gradually. I am one stage more like a break from the highs and lows of city life. Regardless I have a deferred flight to persevere through, one that will trigger a gone through Helsinki air terminal as my name is brought over the noisy speaker for my corresponding flight. Yet, I am still one stage closer…

  7. Bewildering fotos – so honored to attempt and have the ability to say ‘a long weekend in Finland’, haha. Reckoning seeing more from the bears and heavenliness of Finland

  8. Very Nice Pictures @Kellie.. Kudos to your Inspirational Photography… Really liked it.. Keep Updating..!!

  9. Sunset in kajaani looking beautiful & all pics are soo good really enjoy it

  10. Hii,admin

    This place is looking awasome i want to spend some time, sunset its looking so beautiful.Thanks for sharing..

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