About Salamapaja


I’m Thomas Kast, the man behind Salamapaja. I grew up in Karlsruhe, Southern Germany and since about 15 years I live in Oulu, Finland. Besides my day job and family, I spend my time being a passionate photographer, videographer and tour guide. Click here to visit my website.


About my photography:

  • Mostly I concentrate on capturing landscapes, especially the mystic Aurora Borealis. Through my photos I am trying not only to capture visual beauty, but it is important to me to convey the atmosphere and the feelings I experience.
  • When I am out with my camera, I always try to keep my eyes open for patterns and details in nature. To find these, I need to switch off my landscape mind and refocus on close-ups. This often helps me to see the landscape afterwards with a fresh pair of eyes.
  • On my website you find a seleciont of my photos in my portfolio. To see all my photos, you can browse through the galleries on my website.

About my videography:

  • Being fascinated by nature and technology, I also doing a lot of time-lapse videos. These projects of course include landscapes, auroras and nature, but also people, traffic and so on.
  • In the Video section of my website you can see some of my work.

About my tours:

  • Tour guiding is something I do since autumn 2012. Besides my mother tongue German, I am fluent in English and Finnish. I am still working on my Swedish.
  • You can find more info in the Tours section.

To me, Northern lights are one of nature’s most amazing miracles. There are only few things better in life than to see auroras dancing in the sky. I consider myself lucky that I have seen many so called shows; each of them was unique. The colors are usually pale, but they can be strong at times. A moving curtain can stretch as far as your eye can see. Sometimes it is as if the sky is filled with piano keys: someone is pressing them and light appears, instead of music. As if this would not be enough, a corona can open up. Countless rays become visible in multiple colors mostly right above you. For me personally this is the icing on the cake, it feels like looking into the soul of Northern lights. Waiting in the cold for hours can be hard, but seeing a show from Lady Aurora is priceless.

If you have any questions about my work, licensing photos and videos, my tours or anything else, please contact me via the contact form. I will be happy to hear from you!

Hopefully you enjoy what you read and see, just as much as I do writing and shooting,


6 responses to “About Salamapaja

  1. I ,Sylvia, and my husband are amazing about auroras so that we may want to visit to Finland and we are fond of photo taking. We plan to go your country in the year of 2014 with friends . We are living in Hong Kong and want to know some information about auroras sightseeing. Would you please drop me some if you have time. e.g. When you will have trips and how long it lasts so that we may plan to join you. of course, we would like to know about the cost in commodations and transportation etc. โ€ฆ the season of aurorasโ€ฆ.

    Thanks a lot !
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon !

    The name of my face book is Sylvia Yee

    • Hi Sylvia,
      thanks for your message. Seems we have a lot to sort out for your trip ๐Ÿ™‚ Please contact me via the contact form (on the top), so we can continue the discussion via email.

  2. Hi Thomas ๐Ÿ™‚ nice to meet you. I love your photography, especially those with northern lights and night shots. I just saw your work in an article so I’ll be following you from now on. Hopefully I’ll visit one day a northern country and at least witness the northern lights. Have a nice day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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