Nature shrouded in white

During the early spring, the trees on the fells of eastern and northern Finland are shrouded under a thick covering of snow.

The term used to describe this accumulation of snow and hoarfrost is called crown snow-load. It is nature’s own display of art; when the wet snow sticks to the trees in increasing masses, it creates a beautiful crown that can weigh up to four tons on a single tree.

This incredible weight makes the trees bend over and you can see bent trees in the summer as a reminder of nature’s amazing force. The trees in Lapland have naturally evolved to cope with this phenomenon by growing shorter branches.

These trees are especially beautiful as they stand out against the clear blue sky on a frosty day.

(Photo: Visit Rovaniemi)

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