Location Scout Lori Balton discovering the extended magic hour of Lapland
”The light, landscapes and unbroken silence make Lapland definitely stand out of the crowd as a filming location,” states Lori...
It was not a coincident that the first episode of the travel show Seeking the World, originally from Hong Kong, was filmed in Lapland. The crew enjoyed the Arctic filming experience, and according to the host and executive producer Joe Ma and his wife Dr Karen Cheung, one of the benefits of Lapland as an Arctic filming location is the easily reachable wilderness. They think Finnish Lapland provides one of the most breathtaking natural environments in the world. Moreover, Karen adds:
“People in Lapland are very friendly, earnest and helpful! They are always full of smiles”.
Seeking the world was mainly filmed in Rovaniemi and Luosto area during May 2017. It tells about people’s desire to follow their dreams and the several ways to make them come true. The program planner Eddy Pun thinks that in addition to the picturesque landscape of Lapland, the story and the cultural heritage of Sámi people was highly interesting from the point of view of a film producer.
“In the program, we also talk about the Finnish people. How they enjoy their daily life? How the Sámi people preserve their cultural identity and live in harmony with the nature?” Pun asks.
He describes the services in Lapland with just one word: “excellent”. Furthermore, he thinks the expenses were reasonable and even lower than they expected in the first place.
Joe Ma and Karen Cheung, who are used to the busy life of Hong Kong, were especially impressed by the Finnish people’s respect towards the nature.
“I think this mutual respect between nature and mankind reflects the importance of the harmony and gratitude.” Karen says.
The production team was ice fishing, chasing Northern lights and visiting Santa among many other activities. Joe Ma and Karen Cheung are hoping to return soon.
“We would love to come back to see the nature and landscapes in summer as Lapland is a scenic wonderland” Karen says.