At the beginning of May this year I went to the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, on another workshop with Tatra Photography to photograph the midnight sun. This was my first trip to Norway, and although it was technically a few weeks before the actual midnight sun where the sun never sets, it never really got completely dark at night which was a weird feeling.

The sun would only fall below the horizon around 11pm and then rise again around 3:30, with a twilight sky in between (apart from the nights with lots of cloud where it was slightly darker).

The trip didn't start off that well, with my flight from Geneva to Gatwick being delayed by 5 hours. The first of 3 flights to the Lofoten Islands was quite early the next morning, and I started to wander if the flight would even take off and get there in time. But eventually a replacement plane arrived and I landed at Gatwick just after midnight, leaving me only a few hours to sleep before having to check in for the first flight.

The flights there weren't too bad (most of the time was spent sleeping), but the connection in Oslo was quite tight. Eventually we landed at Leknes Airport that evening after a short but noisy flight from Bodø, and headed to our hotel near Mortsund (which were nice small wooden cabins right on the seafront, but surrounded by thousands of drying cod on wooden racks).

During the time we were there the weather went from rain to snow on the first couple of days, to clearer skies and sun towards the end of the week. Unfortunately we only had two clear and colourful sunsets - but at least the other cloudy evenings created moody skies which helped create some more interesting pictures. The landscape there was quite impressive with huge mountains rising up from the coast with lots of lakes, beaches and fishing villages around the islands (which were connected by bridges and tunnels). The islands are well known for their fishing, and at this time of year they hang up thousands of cod on wooden racks to dry. The smell wasn't nice, but some of the heads made for some interesting photos.


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