Winter In Lofoten

The sun rises and covers the landscape in a soft pink light. The rugged cliffs cast a long shadow. Winter has the island under control. The snowy mountains tower above the frozen fjords. The streets are empty and just a few tourists are en route. The sun is shining. The turquoise water is glittering in the sun. The day is marked by unpredictable weather changes. Quick rages the snow and the sea is stirred up by the storm. The fishing boats cross the rough sea to catch some codfish, while the already gutted fish hanging to dry on the stockfish racks and wrap the island into a fishy smell. In the evening the island comes to rest. The fishing boats return to the port. The small towns, with the famous red Rorbuers are brightly lit and tranquility settles in. The sun sets and the sky turns 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 this year I spent a week in Lofoten. I knew the islands already from a previous visit in the summer, however, I wanted to go on Aurora hunting this time. The weather and solar activity play a decisive role, so that a reliable forecast isn’t possible. Everything was more than uncertain and the unpredictable weather changes were the biggest challenge but I was lucky during my visit. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, I was able to experience one of the most impressive natural phenomena. 

Thanks Lofoten, I’ll be back!” (Vimeo)

A beautiful time lapse of a harsh, rugged, and enduring landscape, by Tommaso Maiocchi. Could very easily imagine this landscape in a fantasy movie, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. The Aurora Borealis is just the icing on the cake, with a stunning display lighting up the clouds and sky. The final shot is magical.

Onwards!

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