Lofoten Winter 2014 Photography Gallery

Waves flow among boulders at scenic Unstad beach, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Unstad Beach, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  February 2014

I’ve added a new gallery for my winter 2014 images.

LOFOTEN WINTER 2014: CLICK HERE

I’ve had most of the images processed for several months now, and have already posted quite a few on the blog already: winter part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7.  But now here’s some images in gallery format.

While I didn’t have much of the weather or conditions I was hoping for (ie: no snow), this somehow turned out to be one of my most productive trips to the islands.  So it was a bit difficult to narrow down the gallery to 25 images from the 165 that I have processed so far.  I think the conditions pushed me towards a greater variety and to continued exploration beyond the typical Lofoten ‘Icons.’  And the lack of snow meant I had easy hikes and nights camping at the three best beaches: Kvalvika, Bunes, and Horseid – though the northern lights remained elusive on these nights unfortunately.

For the full gallery of images, you can see my archive – HERE

Lofoten Islands In National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Campfire at Bunes Beach, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Spring campfire at Bunes beach, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  April 2013   

While I don’t write much about my professional life as a photographer on this website, mostly because it has little to do with Lofoten, there are a few times when I need to say ‘Hey, check this out!’

As someone who would loosely be described as a landscape photographer; I would rather be an adventure photographer, but I don’t have enough friends to travel with, so am forced to go alone and merely take landscape photos of my travels – or stay at home, the question is often asked: ‘ Would you like to shoot for National Geographic?’

While the answer is an obvious ‘YES!’  Life is not so simple as based upon the opinions of friends and family.  But now I’m proud to announce I now have some humble beginnings within the famed yellow borders.

A couple of my Lofoten images were published in the February edition of the Polish version of National Geographic Traveler magazine in an article about the world’s most spectacular islands, in which Lofoten rightly was included!

Evening twilight over Reine from summit of Reinebringen, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Autumn twilight over Reine from the summit of Reinebringen, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  September 2013

National Geographic Traveler Poland

Photo: Lofoten Islands – National Geographic Traveler Magazine Poland – February 2014

National Geographic Traveler Poland

Photo: Lofoten Islands – National Geographic Traveler Magazine Poland – February 2014

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And for a bit more self promotion while I’m on the subject, though not entirely related to Lofoten.  One of my Images of the Hurtigruten traveling through the Geirangerfjord in central Norway is in June’s issue of Men’s Journal magazine (US).  I took the image while on a multi-day hitchhiking trip between Bergen and Trondheim (and back) in the summer of 2006 – when I had a lot more free time than money – which is pretty much my same situation today…

Geirangerfjord Norway Men's Journal Magazine

Photo: Hurtigruten and Geirangerfjord – Men’s Journal Magazine – June 2014

New Photo Gallery – Autumn 2013

View of Vik and Haukland beaches from summit of Holandsmelen mountain peak, Vestvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: View of Vik and Haukland beaches from the summit of Hollandsmelen, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  September 2013

I have added a new gallery of from the Autumn of 2013.

CLICK HERE to view gallery.

I’m a little late with this one!  Well actually, I originally wasn’t going to add it at all, as I didn’t really think I had enough images and variety.  But looking at the images now, 6 months later, it doesn’t seem that bad, so here you go!

Some of you might remember that I was supposed to go hiking in Sweden’s Sarek national park in mid September last year.  Unfortunately, one day into the hike, I dropped my camera into a lake.  This left me camera-less for the next two weeks, eating up the precious few days I had in the north.  By the time I had camera back in my hands I only had 6 days left on Lofoten.  Luckily, for some strange reason, the weather gods must have felt sorry for me, and once I had a new camera, I was provided with 4 days of brilliant weather.  I didn’t let this go to waste and hiked up 4 mountains in those 4 days: Grytdalstind, Reinebringen (camped overnight), Holandsmelen, and Kroktind.  But having so little time to photograph, I wasn’t really able to achieve the variety of images I’m used to providing.  But some of the mountain views are quite nice, so I still though I’d share them, even if it’s sort of only a half-gallery in my opinion…

 

Lofoten Islands Photography Workshop – January 2015

Winter storm over snow covered beach, Unstad, Lofoten islands, Norway

Photo: Clearing winter storm at Unstad beach, Vestvågoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

I’m honored to announce that I’ll be joining the January 2015 Muench Photography Workshops tour as their guide to the Lofoten section of the tour.

The complete tour is 10 days, from January 15-25, 2015, where you will be joined by world renowned landscape Photographers Marc Muench (Hey, he’s even from my home town!) and Andy Williams.  I will be guiding the group on the Lofoten section, January 15-20 while we are based out of Eliassen Rorbuer on Hamnøy – with spectacular views more or less right out the front door!  Next the group will travel north to Vesterålen for several days spent whale and sea eagle watching.  It will be exciting tour to say the least, and is one of the earliest tours offered in the year, which is looking like it will be a crowded winter on Lofoten, which is perhaps becoming the ‘new Iceland’ for landscape photographers.

More info can be found here: Muench Workshops – Lofoten

As of June 1, 2014, the workshop is fully booked – sorry for not announcing earlier, if anyone was interested.  Still, I suggest getting in contact in case free space becomes available.  Or perhaps a 2016 workshop will be scheduled if enough people express interest.

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I myself will likely spend the remainder of January and most of February on the islands.  My skis got no use this year – no snow, so I’m hoping for better conditions in 2015!  I’m also thinking of maybe giving another go at the Kungsleden trail, if I can somehow afford it…

Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights fill sky over Olstind mountain peak and reflect in fjord, Toppøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Northern Lights rise into the sky over Osltind, Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

Kroktinden – New Mountain Hiking Guide

Kroktind (707m) mountain peak reflects in small lake, Austvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Kroktinden (707m) reflects in small pond, Austvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

I have just added a new hiking page for the mountain peak Kroktind, located on Austvågøy.

– CLICK HERE – to checkout the guide.

Rugged mountain landscape viewed from summit of Kroktind (707m), Austvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: View from the summit of Kroktind over rugged mountain peaks towards the distant Vågakellen, Austvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

New Website Design

It’s getting a bit late on a Saturday night and here I sit home alone, putting the final touches on a new design for the website.

There are still a lot of pages to update to the new template, but more or less everything should be up an running as normal.  A few images will be missing, and I still need to make a few decisions about the overall layout, but it’s been a long day, and no one is paying me to do this, so I’ll hopefully finish everything within the next week or so.

I was never quite happy with the old design.  It was OK, but not great, and I had to make a few compromises in certain places.  This new template should let me add a bit more functionality and intuitiveness to the site: ie, I can better sort the drop-down menus.  It is also much more mobile friendly than my last design, so if you’re on the islands an looking for info on your phone, everything should function a lot better.

If you notice any bugs or errors that shouldn’t be, please leave a comment and let me know!

Or, if there is something you would like to see added to the side, also feel free to let me know.  I’m always up for suggestions…

 

 

Holandsmelen – New Mountain Hiking Guide

There is now a hiking page for Holandsmelen up on the site.

-CLICK HERE-

Holandsmelen is a small, round peak to the north of Leknes on Vestvågøy.  The summit is reached after an easy hike where one is given fantastic views over Vik and Haukland beach.

This will probably be my last hiking update for the next few weeks.  My travels for the year are finally over and I’m heading home to California next week, where it will take me a week or two to get my life reorganized and everything back on track.  The mountains to be added are: Grytdalstind, and Kroktind.

I will also soon add a summer photo gallery, and I must say that after editing through the images, I’ll probably have one of the strongest image collect from any of my trips.  Despite an overall trend of rain for the 2nd half of August, I did manage to be in the right place, right time on several occasions.

On the other hand, I’m not too sure about an Autumn gallery.  Drowning my camera in Sweden, it took me two weeks to receive a replacement, which then left me only 6 days on Lofoten before I left.  While the weather was good and I got lots of hiking in, I’m not sure I achieved the variety of Images that I would like to show.  I’ll see how it goes once I get a bit more editing done.

My next trip to the islands should begin sometime at the end of January or beginning of February.

New Mountain Hiking Page – Hermannsdalstind – Moskenesoy

A new mountain hiking page is now online for Hermannsdalstinden, located on Moskenesoy.

– CLICK HERE –

Hermannsdalstinden is a spectacular mountain, and the only peak above 1000 meters in the western half of Lofoten.  While it is a long day hike, and overnight trip makes for a rewarding journey deep into the heart of Lofoten’s mountain landscape.  And the stunning views from the summit, Perhaps now my favorite of Lofoten.

 

Helvetestinden – New Hiking Route Page

The first new hiking route from my August Lofoten trip is for the mountain peak Helvetestind, Located on Moskenesoy.

-CLICK HERE- to checkout the hike.

This was the fist hike of my trip, traveling non stop for nearly 40 hours from California until I reached the summit on a sunny summer afternoon.  I couldn’t have asked for better weather, and despite my exhaustion, I was glad to be up there.  I hope you enjoy it.  And plenty more mountains to come over the next weeks…

Kjerkfjord from Helvetestind, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: View towards village of Kjerkfjord from near summit of Helvetestind, Moskenesoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

New Mountain Hikes Coming Soon and Other Updates

Lofoten Islands Norway Hermannsdalstinden campingPhoto: Moonlight bivy on the summit of Hermannsdalstind, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  August 2013

My Lofoten travels are now over for the year and I’m back to civilization and ready to get some updates added to the site over the next few months.  I’ll be writing more specifics later on about some events of my trip, but for those of you that follow me on Facebook or elsewhere, you know that things didn’t quite go according to plan and I ended up spending several weeks unable to take photos: first time due to a sprained ankle, second time due to a drowned camera in Sweden, which took two weeks to receive a replacement.

Problems aside, I did manage some of my goals and had some good days out in the mountains.  New mountain hiking routes to look forward to over the next months are:

Helvetestind – A small peak with wonderful views down to Bunes beach
Hermannsdalstind – The highest mountain on Moskenesøy
Grytdalstind – A somewhat obscure and seldom climbed peak near Unstad
Holandsmelen – A easy hike near Leknes with some nice views to Vik and Haukland beaches
Kroktind (707m) – A wonderful hike through varied terrain to a pinpoint summit

I had a beautiful sunrise at Bunes beach which was followed by blasting rain and wind while at Horseid beach later that day.

I was again on Ryten, where I sprained my ankle on the way down during a lapse of concentration while observing the light, just meters away from the beach.  This led to a painful hike out from Kvalvika the following day and more or less kept me out of the mountains for the rest of the August trip.

While back again in September I spent another night on Reinebringen, hoping for Northern Lights which only slightly appeared at midnight.  I was unfortunately one night off from the previous nights spectacular display.  So it goes.

While there were some absolutely brilliant days in late August, the general trend was rain from Monday – Friday, with things clearing up enough on the weekends for a night of two in the mountains.

September proved to be a repeat of last year: largely calm and sunny, day after day.  Unfortunately I was without a camera for all but the last 6 days before I left, which was a rather painful situation for me.  But once I was back in action, I was productive as hell and made the best of it until my knees begged for mercy.

While there were ample clear nights, the Northern Lights were often elusive and I only photographed them on 2 occasions.  They seemed more likely to appear on the nights where Lofoten was covered in cloud and I could only look online of the beautiful pictures taken elsewhere in Norway or Sweden.

That’s it for now, time for me to get some images processed and stories written.  I’ll do my best to get a new mountain page up per week, but it might be a bit of a struggle as I have to bring my other website back to life as well.  So maybe every other week will be the best I can manage.