Pictures of a trip to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, with stunning landscapes and the Northern Lights. Definitely a place I would like to return to.

From February 16 to 22, 2014 my partner Andrea and I were able to visit one of the most interesting places in Norway – the Lofoten Islands. The primary reason was to see the Aurora Borealis -the Northern Lights. Neither of us had seen any Northern Light in the past.

Under the professional guidance of the Naturfotowerkstatt team, we had the opportunity to visit exciting places. I heard about how beautiful the place was supposed to be, but I did only fully realize it after I could see it in reality. The landscape is certainly different, with the long coastline and the steep mountains.

From a weather perspective, we experienced a lot of variety. From sunshine with blue skies to snow storms with extremely low visibility, we had it all. The most surprising experience was the temperature, it was a lot warmer than we had anticipated. When viewing the Northern Lights long after midnight, the temperature still did not drop below the freezing point. I guess this is caused by the nearby gulf stream.

It was fun to watch the eagles – they know the tourist boats and they know they will be fed with fish. Since eagles cannot dive, the tour guides use syringes to inject air into dead fish, so it does not sink when thrown in the water. This makes for nice pictures of eagles catching fish, but makes it a bit too easy for the eagles…

Lofoten Islands Summary

In hindsight, we were extremely lucky with the Northern Lights. We had three cloudless nights in a row, with a lot of Aurora activities. While the experience was exhausting because of the long time you stay out at night, it was more than worth it. I really hope to be able in the future to experience this phenomenon again.

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Robert is an enthusiast amateur photographer from Austria with a preference for black & white and infrared photography. He is an active member of the Austrian Association of Wildlife and Nature Photography (VTNÖ). In his spare time, he likes to take pictures and write about various photographic topics. More about Robert.