FOR THE PAST two decades French photographer Olivier Morin has been vacationing on Finland’s Kvarken archipelago, a group of over 5,600 islands located between Finland and Sweden in the Gulf of Bothnia. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, the archipelago is a popular summer holiday spot for Scandinavians, many of whom own cottages near wooden marinas where they can dock their boats.
However, much of the rest of the year isn’t so welcoming: the water surrounding the archipelago islands freezes over with ice up to 50 centimeters thick. Morin became fascinated by the way the ice looked when it was melting, so in late April he spent a few lonely days driving from island to island, repeatedly sending his drone into the air to capture stunning birds-eye images of the receding ice.
“When the ice melts it produces all these different textures and colors according to the light and the quality of the water,” Morin says. “In some spots the water contains a lot of iron, in other parts it’s filled with algae and plant life.”
A VISIT to Vaasa, Finland, for anyone who has never been, is an eye opener. The city is a sight to behold; its infrastructure, its culture and its numerous tourist attractions.
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland, about 420 km from the capital Helsinki with a population of 68, 000.
The city represents an educational, cultural and tourist centre of western Finland. Living in Vaasa is nice because you are close to almost everything — nature, sea and city centre.
My visit to the great city of Vaasa was to attend the Energy Week 2018. It was made possible with the support of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Finnish Embassy in Lusaka.
Upon arriving at Helsinki International Airport, I joined eight other African journalists, and together, we got on the train to Vaasa, a four-hour journey.
The Energy Week takes place annually, and this year’s meeting was from March 19 to 23.
Every year, the event gathers energy enthusiasts from all over the world to share information on the latest and most interesting cases in the energy sector, which helps to widen their network.