Photo: Nearing the summit of Ryten in winter, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. January 31, 2015. 12:33
Having made multiple summer – autumn trips up Ryten over the years, I finally thought it was time to visit the peak in winter. While mid January had some fantastically calm days which made my job easy as I was guiding a photo tour for Muench Workshops, the month ended with wind. Lots of wind.
As I pulled the car into the parking area I checked the forecast. Hmm, not too bad. But then I turned my head towards the clouds racing across the peaks. Hmm, not too good. But I decided to be optimistic and plan for a night camping on the mountain.
Midway up the route, it became evident that it wouldn’t be a fun night in the tent – if it survived! Climbing up the final long ascent on the route the winds increased even more with almost every step. Finally, reaching the summit ridge, walking straight became a difficult task and the straps from my camera back whipped me in the face. I didn’t even bother going to the overlook to Kvalvika beach, as these were not conditions for photography. And so I headed back to the car…
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8