Saturday, 9 May 2015

Winter in Lofoten

The sun rises and covers the landscape in a soft pink light, as the rugged cliffs cast a lengthy shadow. Winter has the island under control. The attractive snowy mountains tower above the frozen fjords. The streets are empty and just a few travelers are en route. The turquoise water is shining in the sun. The day is marked by impulsive weather changes. Quick rages the snow and the sea are stirred up by the storm. The fishing boats cross the rough sea to catch some codfish, although the already gutted fish hanging to dry on the stock fish racks and wrap the island into a fishy smell. In the evening the island comes to rest, while the fishing boats return to the port. The small towns, with the well-known red Rorbuers are brightly lit and tranquility settles in. The sun sets and the sky turn into a dark blue. As night falls in Lofoten, the sky comes to life and you will experience an exceptional spectacle of nature that is hard to put into words. The Northern Lights flicker across the sky and cover the landscape in a green light. For hours they dance in the sky before the sun finds its way over the horizon. A new winter day starts in Lofoten.  In March 2015, I use to spend a week in Lofoten. I knew the islands already from a preceding visit in the summer; however, I wanted to go on Aurora hunting this time. The weather and solar activity play a conclusive role, so that a dependable forecast isn’t possible. The whole thing was more than uncertain and the unpredictable weather changes were the biggest challenge but I was lucky during my visit. In adding to the wonderful scenery, I was able to experience one of the most impressive natural phenomena.

Thanks Lofoten for unforgettable memories, I'll be back!
Equipment Used
Nikon D7100
Nikon D610
Nikkor 14-24 mm 1:2,8
Sigma 18-35mm 1:1,8
Nikkor 16–85 mm 1:3,5–5,6G
Walimex Pro 14mm 1:2,8
Nikkor 50mm 1:2,8
DIY Slider
Emotimo TB-3 Black
Lee filters
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Winter in Lofoten from Tommaso Maiocchi on Vimeo.