Because of the pioneering adventures of some, the Lofoten Islands have grow to be a winter magnet for panorama photographers. The sunshine gave beginning to this new pilgrimage. And February is the best season.
The month begins at 5 hours of daylight and ends with 10 hours of photo voltaic arc. The photo voltaic arc is low, which makes it doable to emit wealthy gentle for a lot of the day. Fill this winter gentle with landscapes of rugged, snow-capped peaks that sharply encompass the inhabited archipelago of fishing islands, and you’ve got countless potentialities for composition. The flamboyant coastal cabins (or “rohrbers”) add a particular attraction. It is virtually as if the Lofoten Islands have been created by Pixar for panorama photographers. Nevertheless, the Lofoten Islands largely retain their practical fishing roots.
From outdoors Norway, a go to to the Lofoten Islands consists of 3 flights: to Oslo, Oslo to Bodo and a brief propeller flight from mainland Norway to Leknes. It is a lengthy day, so upon arriving on the tiny, casual airport, it was a reduction that the automotive rental consultant had one buyer and one automotive. We have been promoted to a jeep parked proper outdoors the terminal constructing. Not removed from our first vacation spot, Hamnoy, we mustered energy to push the cart by way of the REMO1000 grocery store. After 45 minutes of driving, we unpacked within the coziest wood home or Rober you possibly can think about – partially sitting on stilts on the water’s edge underneath the Festhelltinden mountain hanging over the mountains. Undoubtedly probably the most thrilling place I’ve ever stayed at.
Hamnoy LongThe quick (10 km) stretch of slender highway between Hamna Bridge and A (pronounced Oir) is undoubtedly one of the crucial stunningly stunning locations on earth. Photographically, 3 nights enable the floor to be barely scratched. Village A is usually closed to vacationers in February. You possibly can spend the day photographing the Rohrber circling above the harbor right here. However we hunted for views of distant peaks, coastal cliffs and seething seas. At first I couldn’t discover a place, however a cautious research of the maps led us to a campground and a slender path resulting in a rocky shore. Heavy clouds and snow intensified the image, the ocean swirled frantically at my toes. I left very proud of the pictures taken on digital camera, however at dwelling they appeared static and lifeless, which was the precise reverse of what I had there.
With the approaching of the nightAs we drove again to Hamnoy, clouds and snow got here down. On the way in which, I observed two Rohrbers who had photographic potential however have been ready to return in the direction of the top of the blue hour. Exterior, lights have been turned on as darkish clouds enveloped the mountains. Delighted with the picture, I returned for the night.There was a light-weight snowfall all night time. The morning shot at Hamna was sharp, each darkish and white. I noticed nice footage taken underneath the bridge, however I forgot to dare to go there. Ahead to Sakrisoy.
SakrisaThe sky was heavy and brooding as I made my manner by way of the thick snow to the light hill overlooking the island. The foreground itself shouldn’t be wanted right here, however I used the 3 flagpoles within the decrease left third to compensate. The bluish tones of the sky distinction gently with the topaz of the water. I used to be glad once more, however the climate is about to alter earlier than the top of the journey. Horrible blue skies are actually blue.Skagsanden Seaside (with the close by crimson church) is without doubt one of the closest northern seashores most accessible to Hamnoy. The afternoon sky was cloudless and the icy wind blew sand into the air, making it troublesome to arrange a tripod, digital camera, and filters. The close by mountain creates the right backdrop, and its reflections within the water preserve you from pondering whereas creating the picture.Nevertheless, irrespective of how particular the place is, the poor lighting does not make up for it. Trying again, we should always have stayed right here at sundown, however then again, discovering new locations throughout such a visit is a need that’s onerous to withstand. We didn’t depart the automotive on the seashores of Mirlanda and Storsandnes, the sunshine was so unattractive.On our final night time at Eliassen Rorbuer, I drove a brief distance to the roadside car parking zone at Toppoy overlooking Austind and waited and waited a bit of longer. Aurora exercise was predicted to be low, as evidenced by faint inexperienced patches within the sky above the spectacular summit. Shortly earlier than 1 am, exercise elevated, specializing in the summit of Austind. Easy picture, however one in all my favorites on the journey.
Austind Aurora Before leaving for Ballstad for the second half of the journey, I joined many different photographers on the principle statement deck over the Rhine as dawn frivolously illuminated the peaks. The view was gorgeous, however the expertise of standing head to head, tripod to tripod jogged my memory of the uncommon hen twitching that I had prevented for a few years. I took an image, went again to breakfast, packed our luggage and puzzled the place 3 days had gone.
Rhine Dawn Bright sunny days and clear nights when the quarter moon was arriving made daytime pictures disagreeable and prompted anticipation of the aurora borealis at night time. The duty of such a visit shouldn’t be to go to sleep! On the primary morning, I took the pre-dawn 25 minute drive from Ballstad to Haukland Seaside.A faint hue of orange above the horizon barely counterbalanced the blue mirrored within the sea and mountains bordering the small cove. The partially frozen stream was the main line. My tripod was frozen in place, and my legs didn’t stretch till the morning! One other hazard of pictures at these temperatures is that the cellphone additionally freezes when uncovered to chilly, which is why a restricted video was shot for reference. As well as, I discovered that I had no water, the bottle I introduced was frozen, and once I acquired again to the automotive (2 hours), the bottle left within the heat of the passenger seat was additionally frozen!
Frozen Daybreak (Lofoten Islands, Norway)A powerful tunnel connects Haukland with Uttakleive Seaside and I finished by right here for a bit. The temperature dropped once more, and when the moist gloves started to freeze to my arms, I used to be compelled to run again to the automotive, clapping my arms furiously. Homecoming. We spent our second 3 nights at Hemmingsgodden Lodge, Ballstad. Anna, our hostess, left a full fillet of cod on the doorstep in a neat cardboard field – do not you want a fridge? Within the afternoon we ended up on the surf seashore at Unstad and naturally the water was filled with hardy showers as we placed on 3 pairs in whole and have been nonetheless freezing. I discovered a composition with rounded boulders main roughly to the place the solar is predicted to set – on the foot of the imposing western mountain. Regardless of the bracketing, the dynamic vary was extreme – the thought sounded good, however the finish consequence was unhealthy sufficient.
Uttaklevsky sunset The aurora forecast for this night time was low, indicated early night time, however a small photo voltaic storm was introduced at 10:30. A fast examine outdoors and we determined to go again to Uttakleive. Earlier than leaving, it was 1:30 AM and we have been handled to a light-weight present that we’ll always remember.Because the subsequent day was sunny, we made a stunningly stunning experience from Ballstad to Henningsweer, stopping every so often. Our journey has come to an finish, aside from an in a single day keep in Oslo. As with every journey, a bit of little bit of luck, good and unhealthy, hindsight knowledge and imagery that by no means lives as much as expectations is within the bag returning dwelling, however recollections – nothing compares to good old school recollections.