My name is Alex Keen and, when I was younger, I was given an opportunity that would go on to impact me for a lifetime. At the age of 16 I travelled to the Arctic and, as I stood beneath the Aurora Borealis with my father for the first time, I felt as though I had been reborn.
I knew there and then that I had found my home, and I’ve been attached ever since. I then spent four years chasing the Northern Lights across the Arctic before leaving for a brief time to study in Malta.
Now I’ve returned to my home in Lapland beyond the Arctic Circle, the one place that truly inspires me, and I want to share my passion for the Aurora, the wildlife and Arctic environment with the world.
Alan liked his first Great Aurora Hunt so much he joined the Aurorahunters team. Alan and his family had travelled to Finland with Aurorahunters for the first Great Aurora Hunt. “We had a fantastic time and were just amazed by the Northern Lights – and the adventure itself with Andy. Travelling as far as the Norwegian and Russian borders we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and took some memorable photographs”.
Now in his sixth season of aurora chasing with the team, Alan has driven in the north of Finland, Norway and Sweden in pursuit of the Northern Lights, often in temperatures as low as -40°C. “It’s worth every kilometre to hear our clients’ reaction on seeing the Aurora” says Alan. “As a photographer for many years I enjoy helping clients with all levels of experience to photograph the Aurora and Arctic landscape, with compact cameras through to DSLRs”.