Winter Driving - Friday Photo #576

Friday Photo #576 – Lofoten Winter Driving

Photo: Night driving through winter snow storm, Lofoten Islands, Norway. March 15, 2023. 23:48

The January sun is riser higher and higher above the southern horizon with each passing day and as Lofoten is beginning to emerge from its long wither sleep, the Islands’ roads and rorbuer cabins will soon be filling with photographers and tourists looking to experience the winter landscape. For many of you, it might be your first time ever driving in winter conditions, and so this is my (somewhat) annual winter driving post.

The picture itself is pretty self explanatory, and likely a view you will experience multiple times if spending a week on Lofoten. And the picture actually has better visibility than the reality of being in a moving vehicle in heavy snow and pitch black roads – only your headlights and the dim snow poles keeping you traveling in the right direction. It can be hypnotising as the snow flakes fall though the headlights. And the concentration required becomes exhausting as the drive gets longer.

Take your time, plan ahead, and use caution. And if the night looks like this, just maybe stay in your cabin and relax – you can’t see the northern lights in the middle of a blizzard anyhow…

For more detailed information and winter road and driving conditions on Lofoten and in Norway, here is my article:

Winter Driving

Head over to my Instagram account for (almost) daily postings of the local conditions here on Lofoten: @distant.north

Camera Info:
Nikon z7 II
Nikon 20mm f/1.8
ISO 2000
f 1.8
1/25 Second
WB Daylight

1 reply
  1. David Barton says:

    What about the high winds and drifting snow! Several times we’ve had to delay or bring forward travel. Best be safe, no photograph is worth unacceptable risks.


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