Photo: Dark skies over Vestfjord, Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway.
It’s taken a few months, but I’m finally getting a few photos online (60 so far) from my Sept/Oct trip to the islands. I’ll keep updating things over the next weeks as well, so keep checking back!
Overall it was quite a stormy, yet warm autumn. Often there was a southwest wind which brings an awful misty rain much of the time, especially on the days I was hoping to go out camping. Overall, Norway had the warmest November in 111 years. There was one brief night of snow a week into October, but nothing like the cold I experienced in 2009. So no pics of nice snow capped mountains this year.
I found myself struggling against wind and mist or rain nearly every day, often with only brief moments of better weather. A few days into the trip a big gale arrived that cleared most of the trees of their leaves, leaving the forests mostly barren and ugly looking. This led me to have a greater focus on seascapes that I was originally intending, but that is how it goes in the north. And despite the weather, I still managed a fantastic afternoon up on Reinebringen and on my last night conditions were near perfect for shooting the best Northern Lights that I’ve seen thus far.
I often get asked for info about travel and photography on the islands. My best piece of advice is to give yourself as much time as possible, the islands need lots of it.
Photo: Hiker on Reinebringen with Kjerkfjord in background, Lofoten Islands, Norway