Photo: Northern Lights rise in sky over Olstind, near Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 2013
My days here in California are quickly coming to an end. I had been planning this upcoming trip for a while, but it only seemed like it materialized itself at the last minute; mainly because I had been struggling to accommodate several varied destinations and weather conditions. One part of this trip will be a bit more adventurous than anything I have attempted in recent years, but logistically, it is proving to be somewhat frustrating, and with only a few days until I leave, I still haven’t figured everything out yet.
For my third February in a row now, I’m heading back north to the Lofoten islands for several weeks of hiding from storms and hunting for Northern Lights. My journey begins here in California on Thursday, but I won’t reach the islands until Saturday. Luckily, an old friend is providing a night’s accommodation for me in Bodø, thus allowing me an escape of the ferry waiting room floor, before I make the somewhat unusual choice for me to fly to Leknes instead of taking the ferry. This is mainly because the ferry schedule didn’t work out very well with my arriving in Bodø on Friday evening.
I will be alone my first week on the islands, though have some rough plans to meet up with a few readers of this site, and I will be sleeping in my rental car.
Next, I will be meeting up with Australian photographer Rod Thomas (+ a couple other Aussies), whom I traveled with on the islands in April/May for a week of photography and northern lights chasing – weather permitting. I’ve promised to give the boys a good workout and drag them up some mountains…
After they depart, I have a few more days on my own before I need to head east to Sweden for the next part of my journey.
Part 2 of my winter in the north will be a ski tour of the northern section of Sweden’s Kungsleden trail – from Nikkaluokta to Abisko. I should note that I can barely ski downhill, and have never done any ski touring proper. Combined with a probably over-heavy backpack of camera gear, this is definitely going to be an adventure for me.
I’m not exactly sure how it will go, but I’m excited!
Assuming I survive the Kungsleden trail in one piece, I’m heading back to Lofoten for another week or so, once again living out of a car. My second visit on the islands will keep me there until March 9, and be 5 weeks total north of the Arctic Circle for me. Wow!
After leaving Lofoten, most my time will be spent in Wales before heading back to California in early June. I doesn’t look like I will make a summer visit to the islands this year, but perhaps I’ll be back in the Autumn.
If any of you are around the islands, feel free to CONTACT ME.