Friday Photo #173 – Ryten Winter Hike

Ryten winter hike, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Descending from Ryten, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 26, 2016. 08:52

A few days after the full moon came the weather window I was looking for, and so I made plans to camp on the summit of Ryten for the night, with hopes of a sky full of northern lights above the moonlit landscape. I had attempted this same plan in January 2015, however the weather had other plans and we were chased off the mountain, so I was excited for a 2nd chance with promising conditions.

It was eerily calm on the summit and even with the tent haphazardly staked out, it didn’t budge an inch. But even on a calm, clear night, no sign of northern lights appeared. So it looks like I will have to make another attempt next year.

However, it is always important to make the best of any situation, and while I was really hoping for auroras, there was plenty of other nice light to be found during sunset and sunrise at one of Lofoten’s most scenic destinations.

If you are interested in joining me for winter or summer adventures across Lofoten, checkout my TOURS page to see what I have on offer…

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
ISO 200
f 8
1/500 second
WB Daylight

Lofoten Photo Tour – Arctic Solstice – June 2016

Lofoten Photo Tour - Arctic Solstice 2016

Lofoten Islands Photo Workshop – Arctic Solstice – June 18 – 24, 2016

Summer is when the Lofoten Islands are most alive. So I invite you to join me and experience the magic of the midnight sun while exploring some of Lofoten’s most iconic mountain views. We will hike through flower filled meadows on our way to views of white sand beaches and azure waters – so inviting that the bravest of you might even attempt a swim!

The goal of this workshop is to experience the magic of the midnight sun while hiking to some of Lofoten’s most iconic mountain views. Along the way, instruction will be given on how to compose and photograph a variety of mountain scenes, as well as learning about efficient packing and choosing the right gear for the right destination.

This is a photography workshop about experiencing the best of Lofoten’s outdoors.

More info and itinerary – ARCTIC SOLSTICE 2016 PHOTO WORKSHOP

Friday Photo #172 – Ytresand Winter Sunrise

Ytresand Beach Winter Sunrise, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Winter dawn over Ytresand beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 5, 2016. 07:53

My first morning waking up on Lofoten during my 2016 winter travels. Not a bad way to start a trip! And this was even after northern lights over my tent at 3:00 in the morning.

The forecast was promising, but as we were making the way up to Ytresandheia in the last hours of daylight on the previous afternoon, the weather was still moody and wind driven flurries of passing snow even made us briefly take shelter and contemplate heading back down. It’s a good think we didn’t!

The night brought continual passing waves of snow, but the wind had calmed substantially, and by dawn, the first light of day brought an almost complete silence to the landscape.  This scene is still a couple hours before the sun would rise above the distant mountains of Flakstadøy. And a productive couple of hours it was…

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
ISO 100
f 10
4 seconds
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #171 – Vågakallen Winter Reflection

Reflection of Vågakallen mountain peak over coastline, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Vågakallen winter reflection, Nedredal, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 9, 2014. 08:22

I set out in the morning from Stamsund headed east along the south coast of Vesvågøy. Sunrises in winter occur in a very southernly direction, making the Vestfjord side of Lofoten the best area to be. Though on this particular morning, the day was slow to arrive and the sky was nearly colorless.

With February of 2014 having little to no snow across Lofoten, I was often left searching along the coast for something to use in the foreground.  A few days previous to this image I had found some really cool ice frozen into the coastal tide pools around Nedredal. Returning again on this I was hoping for a bit of better light. But as you can see, that didn’t happen.

I still spent most of my time photographing the ice, but in the calmness of the morning, there were also some nice reflections be be found.

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
ISO 100
f 11
1 second
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #170 – Reinefjord Reflection

Hammarskaftet mountain peak reflecting in Reine harbor, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Hammarskaftet rises above Reinefjord, Reine, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 24, 2015. 14:30

The weather forecast was promising enough to make me think 2 nights camping at Bunes beach would be a good idea. Standing around the pier in Reine, while waiting on the ferry departure to Vindstad, the weather looked like it might have other plans in mind.

Standing on the Pier, the harbor and fjord were almost perfectly still. As the Fjordkyss warmed up her engine, I took a couple last images.  I liked how just the peak of Hammarskafted was clear of the clouds, the rest of the ridge hidden in mist. It makes the peak look like a lone tower, rising above the village.

Camera Info:
Nikon D810
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
ISO 125
f 10
1/25 seconds
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #169 – Helvetestind Winter Moonlight

Night winter mountain reflection on Bunes beach, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Helvetestind moonlight reflection, Bunes beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway. February 25, 2015. 19:45

False aurora alarm during my second night camping at Bunes beach.  There had been a faint green glow which stirred us from the warmth of out sleeping bags to head out to the headlands beyond the beach, with better views across the sea. But alas, it would not be our night, and after an hour of waiting in the cold and wind, we decided to give up.

The moon, however, was shining bright across the snow covered land landscape.  I had taken nearly this exact same image only a few hours before at twilight, and now I decided to make a night version.

After Olstind, Helvetestind must be one of the most iconic mountains on Lofoten. A 600 meter, nearly vertical chunk of solid granite rising from the sands of Bunes beach. It is an impressive peak to stand below, with a scale that is hard to capture in an image. It’s only due to its location at Bunes beach – and hour walk from where the ferry drops you off, that it doesn’t get photographed more. Were this scene near a road, it would, no doubt, be one of Lofoten’s most photographed. Though it’s good that some places in the world at least require a minimal amount of effort to be reached.

Camera Info:
Nikon D810
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
ISO 1600
f 4.5
20 seconds
WB Daylight