What a difference two months make can make to a scence. The Lofoten Islands have become somewhat of a long term project of mine. I was there 3 times in the last year alone and have a rough plan to be back again in July, as I haven’t been there during summer since 2006, so I need some better coverage of the islands during that time of year. So far I’ve been there in: January, March, April, May, July, August, September, and October. So I’ve still got a few months to fill in. And one might think what difference does a month or two really make, but with a place in the far north, there are quite dramatic changes in scenery as the year passes on and I think all of it is interesting to see.
I’ve created a stock image gallery of Lofoten islands, Norway from September and October 2009. Most of the pictures are from Moskenesøy, Flakstadøy, and Vestvågøy islands, with a couple from Vesterålen as well (such as the above photo of the lake). I spent about 2 weeks at Stamsund, one of my favorite places in the world where I’ve returned to again and again since 2001 (I should probably just try and move there one of these days). I rented a car for a couple days with a fellow traveler and Lofoten addict so I was able to get out to some of my favorite beaches at Utakleiv and Unstad, as well as the nearly tropical looking beach at Ramberg. I also got to explore a few new areas, such as Gimsøy, where I had never previously been on my normal hitchhiking journeys through the islands.
My last few trips to the islands had always been in the late winter/early spring so I decided it was time for a change of scenery from endless snow to actually having some color in my photos. Weather wasn’t always so good, hence the need to stay for 2 weeks just to get a day or two of sunlight and blue sky, but I think I had pretty good timing as far as the turning of the trees. I think it’s always something magical to watch the snow level creep lower and lower down the mountains each night until one day the first big snow storm comes and turns the whole world white.
Ramberg Beach, Flakstadøy, Lofoten islands, Norway
Autumn snow on rugged coast at Stamsund, Lofoten islands, Norway.
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I’ve created a image gallery from my hike on the northern section of the Kungsleden trail in Swedish Lapland. Weather was pretty bad – Sept 17 was the first day I was snowed on – so most of the pictures are of clouds. When I go back again one of these years, I think I would like to be there for the beginning of September. Though I was told that the autumn/winter came early last year and that it was colder than normal, so maybe I just had a bit of bad luck. Still, it’s an amazing place so I would not complain about going back and wandering around for a few weeks.
The STF (Svenska Turistföreningen) runs a series of mountain huts (fjällstuga) along the Kungsleden trail. The huts are only open until the 20th of September but they all have an ’emergency hut’ which stay open year round which one is able to stay in. Leaving Abisko and heading south, the first hut is Abiskojaure.
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