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These Amazing Instagram Photos Of Finland Will Make You Appreciate Winter

02/08/2015 07:00 am ET | Updated Feb 08, 2015

We have decided that we want to spend our next vacation staring at the stars and taking in the snow in Finland. Yes, that's right, we actually want to spend some time in the snow.

Once we saw Mikko Lagerstedt's Instagram photos of Finland, we were truly taken aback. The Finland-based photographer uses his home country as a breathtaking landscape that showcases the majestic beauty of nature -- especially in the winter.

In fact, Lagerstedt appreciates the snow. "It gives the landscape a beautiful, different look and gives brightness to the short winter days we have here in Finland," he told HuffPost.

For the picture below, titled "Purple Haze II," Lagerstedt merged two images together that were taken in the same location. One was taken just after sunset while the second was taken as he waited for the sky to be full of stars.

Purple haze II

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Check out more of our favorite shots below:

Beautiful sunset at the coast of Meri-Pori, Finland.

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Frost covered rocks at the coast of Finland.

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Frozen planet. Enjoy your day!

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Silent elegance, this was captured last winter at Emäsalo, Finland. Enjoy your day!

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Night mist

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Throwback to a gorgeous Winter evening. #lovesnow

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These UFO's (unidentified floating objects) look cool in the freezing cold water. ❄️🌊

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Follow the light

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