Lofoten

Reine, Lofoten, Norway

The Landscapes of Lofoten, Norway

You have to return to those winter landscapes of Lofoten, Norway.

The best advice on Lofoten? Turn around.

If you ever think of leaving Reine, this picturesque fishing village at the end of Lofoten Islands, you will start driving the magical E10. Drive carefully, because your eyes will be in trouble watching the road itself. The scenery will constantly distract and surprise. Check your mirrors. Turn around and drive back where you’ve come from. And enjoy the beaches of Flakstadoya like Skagsanden near Flakstad.

 


Sunset at Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (III)

The most scenic beaches of Lofoten are the ones you visit. How about those?

Countless fjords, endless beaches, impressive mountains – there simply isn’t one perfect beach on the Islands. There are dozens of them. Each of them insanely spectacular after and during those short but intense snow storms. The experience of arctic beaches is often beyond imagination. Especially at night, when you fairly often have the chance to encounter the famous aurora borealis.

Haukland Beach – the all time classic of Lofoten’s beaches. Vik Beach – Haukland’s smaller brother, facing the same fjord. Skagsanden Beach. The Beaches of Storsandness and Myrland, which are usually less crowded. The ones facing to the north are the ones who are usually the place to be for northern lights. The different times of the day. And of course – winter.
Ask Duncan for his Travel Guide to Beaches.

 

Lofoten, Norway. Limited edition prints coming soon.

Storm over Myrland Beach, Lofoten
Storm over Myrland Beach, Lofoten

Meanwhile, the picture above represents a special project I am currently working on. There will be a small selection of prints (limited edition of 10) made on Hahnemühle paper. Pictures will be published once the printing and framing had been done.

In case you’re interested in supporting the series, feel free to contact me. The final product will be for sale via this website.

 


The Village of Nusfjord, Lofoten

Travelling Lofoten, Norway - Roads & Villages

Travelling Lofoten, Norway, is more then just following E10. It’s about getting lost.

The best way to get an overview of Lofoten Islands is to drive along the European Route E10. Starting at Å (and actually ending at Luleå, Sweden), it’s one of the most scenic routes I have driven for a while. You’ll be amazed about those beautiful vistas – and you might be shocked on what to miss in case you stick to this single route.
Turn left on the island of Flakstadøya and visit the tiny village of Nusfjord, one of the oldest (and best preserfed) villages of Lofoten. You’ll find plenty of beautiful bays with its typical rorbu cabins.

 

 


Sunset at Uttakleiv Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (II) - Uttakleiv Beach

Uttakleiv Beach is known as the most beautiful beach of Norway. Here’s why.

Uttakleiv (or Utakleiv) – next to Haukland beach – is the most popular (and therefore most photographed) beach of Lofoten Islands. It is well obvious why: Especially during winter sunsets, people wait for the astonishing light show. Also, it is a well known place to experience the aurora borealis. On less cloudy nights, it is an unforgettable experience.

 

About 10 miles away from Leknes, Vestvågøy, the beaches eastern direction makes it just perfect for sunsets during winter. The contrast between the pink and blue sky, black rocks and the Carribean water is simply breathtaking.

Utakleiv is a great spot in general, as you have to drive past Vik and Haukland Beach to reach this gem of landscape. Also, Mannen Mountain offers a really great hike to discover an amazing areal view.

 


Sunset at Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (I)

Travelling the winter beaches of Lofoten, Norway.

Lofoten, an archipelago in the county of Nordland, Norway, is well known among photographers for its incredible landscape. During winter, the contrast between steep mountains, sandy beaches all covered with a gentle cover of snow becomes even more fascinating. And intimidating.

The photographs were taken during sunset at the famous Uttakleiv Beach, Haukland Beach and its adjacent Vik Beach (north of Leknes, Vestvågøy). During winter (February/March), those beaches a perfect for a stunning sunset and sometimes perfect to see the aurora borealis. Skagsanden Beach, right next to Flakstad, offeres the same experience: an endless beach bordered by mountains.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will constantly post the photographs taken during a trip in March, 2016. In case you want to experience this part of the world as well, prepare yourself with the help of Cody Duncan’s amazing 68north.com.