An amazing video with scenes from the documentary Wild Scandinavia Episode 5 (Finland), with background music of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ great work Finlandia, Op. 26.

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
(scenes from Wild Scandinavia Episode 5 – Finland)
Directors: Oliver Goetzl
Writers: Oliver Goetzl
Cinematography: Ivo Nörenberg, Jan Henriksson and Rolf Steinmann
Gulo Film Productions

Nordic country Finland is still home to rare animals: Brown bears and wolves roam the swampland, the Siberian Flying Squirrel lives in old woodpecker nest holes.

This film shows animal behavior that has never been filmed before: Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg got the first-ever made shots of a wild lynx in the Finnish wilderness, they did highspeed shots of Goldeneye chicks jumping out of their tree nest, they filmed exciting encounters of bears and wolves. The documentary was shot with more than 650 shooting days.

“Wild Scandinavia – Finland” gives us numerous insights of the fascinating life of wild forest reindeers, Saimaa seals, flying squirrels, brown bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, red-throated divers, black woodpeckers, goldeneye ducks, ospreys, capercaillies and shows the whole beauty of the aurora borealis – the magical Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Finland, Scandinavian peninsula from space
Scandinavian peninsula from space. The Scandinavian Peninsula is the largest of the well-known peninsulas of Europe, with a greater area than the Balkan, Iberian and Italian peninsulas. During the Ice Ages, the sea level of the Atlantic Ocean dropped so much that the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Bothnia and the Gulf of Finland disappeared, and the countries now surrounding them, including Germany, Poland, the other Baltic countries and Scandinavia, were directly joined by land. The name of the peninsula is derived from the term Scandinavia, the cultural region of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, or to the broader region including Finland and Iceland, which is always known locally as the Nordic countries.
Two brown bear cubs
Two brown bear cubs from the video. The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a bear that is found across much of northern Eurasia and North America. In North America, the populations of brown bears are often called grizzly bears. It is one of the largest living terrestrial members of the order Carnivora, rivaled in size only by its closest relative, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus), which is much less variable in size and slightly larger on average.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) - Finland
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). There are many amazing views in the video.
Polar Lights or Auroras are natural light displays predominantly seen in the high latitude (both Arctic and Antarctic) regions. If an aurora occurs in the Northern hemisphere, it is called “Aurora borealis” or “Northern lights”. If it is in the southern hemisphere, it is called “Aurora australis” or the “Southern lights”.
Both northern and southern lights are produced when the magnetosphere is sufficiently disturbed by the solar wind that the trajectories of charged particles (predominantly in the form of electrons and protons) in both solar wind and magnetospheric plasma, precipitate them into the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere) due to Earth’s magnetic field, where their energy is lost. The resulting ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents emit light of varying color and complexity.

Sibelius’ Finlandia (Finland) Op. 26

The background music of this amazing video, Finlandia, Op. 26, is a tone poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957). It was written in 1899 and revised in 1900.

The premiere was on 2 July 1900 in Helsinki, Finland with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus (2 December 1856 – 6 July 1933).

Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. Towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serene and melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius’ own creation.

Sources

“Wild Scandinavia – Finland” on the Gulo Film Productions website
Scandinavia on Wikipedia
The Scandinavian Peninsula on Wikipedia
Finlandia on Wikipedia

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