Photo: Rorbu and Kjerkfjord, near Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Feb 2013
After a quick 6 week stopover here in California, I’m heading back to Lofoten today. Although I think I figured out the longest way possible to get to the islands, so I wont arrive until Friday morning; over 36 hours of travel. I’m sure sleep will be my first priority!
Usually I travel with a stopover somewhere else for a couple days before heading to the islands, so hopefully I don’t end up too jet lagged. And the forecast for the weekend looks promising, temperatures around 0˚C and possibly some snow. So hopefully I’ll have a few more chances at some snow covered beaches.
So while the air wont feel much different than when I was there in February, the days will now be incredibly long. Sunrise is already 4:30 and sunset 21:40. The night will quickly disappear during my two weeks on the islands, and by the time I leave the midnight sun will be just around the corner and another Summer on the islands will begin.
I wish I could stay longer in the north, but other commitments take me back to the continent. First I’ll head to Germany to catch up with some old friends and hopefully get out to shoot some climbing in the Frankenjura region. My timing is also good for the Bergkirchweih in Erlangen, and I haven’t been to a good German beer festival in a few years…
After Germany, I have to figure out the best way to get to south Poland, perhaps with a night or two in my favorite Czech city, Olomouc, to break up the journey. Otherwise it will be quite a long day on the train. We’ll see…
But for now, my thoughts are focused on Lofoten. I haven’t been to the islands at this time of year since 2007, so I’m excited to see what photos I come up with.
Photo: Skagsanden beach in Winter, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Feb 2013