ANTTI PIETIKÄINEN

Professional wilderness guide, Photographer

 

I was born and raised in Muonio, West Lapland. I am a 3rd generation hotel owner, wilderness guide and a photographer. My great-grandfather built a camping area along the Muonio river, which since then has risen to become one of the most known activity holiday centres in Finnish Lapland.

I have been working with visitors since I was 10 years old, taking part on multi-day snowmobile safaris up to the mountains since the age of 15. My passion for photography rose while I was working on a king crab vessel in North-Norway. With the earnings I got my first DSLR camera and started photography around 2004. My passion for aurora borealis photography came in quick but this was the time that sun was heading towards solar minimum. Meanwhile I studied photography and graphic design. While the solar cycle 24 was climbing towards maximum I knew that my skills in Aurora photography could be put to good use.

Since then my family business, Harriniva has offered multiple aurora tours plus my tailor made aurora photography holidays. During these trips I was fortunate to have 100% success rate on finding the aurora borealis over 4 years time.

Now Tiina Törmänen and I have put our skills together to offer a special photography tours up in the treeless tundra where three countries come together. The unique nature and climate of Kilpisjärvi offers once in a lifetime experiences to people who travel there.