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I had probably dreamed of a spring-winter rafting trip in Utsjoki for a few years now. Now I decided that dreaming is enough and get it done! So I spent five days in the beautiful barren, peace-threatening landscapes of northern Finland and there was no hurry to shoot like active northern lights. In all, out of the five nights, four were the fires of heaven and two were particularly bright fires of the whole sky. On the first active night, the foot of the tripod broke and the sudden (i.e.) freezing of the air in minutes misted the lens. I stuck my foot in for the next night and realized that the heat strap had to be attached to the lens right from the start. Here are those pictures from the latter night. I stood alone in the little frost at the foot of the Ailigas fell, in the little frost, and the moonlight shone so bright that the spring-winter snow shone and glistened. I couldn’t expect anything so bright, almost like during the day, and I wondered how the reposet would look now. I was ready by eight when the first stars came on. The first faintly beautiful fires appeared in half a dozen countries, then I admired and described them for more than an hour when the arc suddenly blew up and it became such a show that I had never seen it before. I gleamed loudly and my head just spun, where you can find even finer and even finer fires, they were in the zenith in the north, south, west and east. The brightest were quite close to the zenith. The patterns varied quickly and were magically beautiful. They were so bright that it was hard to adjust the camera enough as the sky pounded fire from all sides. I filmed for as long as I could, even after the active phase, waiting for it to start again. But the five-hour rampage was already starting to claim its toll back then, and I thought I’d rather crash into a hotel bed than a project, so I gave up. But still from the hotel window I watched the fire of the southern sky and the mind made out. Fortunately, the dream won. Great experience. No base pieces win anything! You have to get back to Utsjoki soon!