We slept well and were up and running for our last day of this trip in Norway. Why does time run so fast when you are on holiday?
Weather forecast for the night was good and so we only made a short 2-hour trip around lunchtime. We drove about half an hour to a small place called Tisnes where we found nice ice structures and snow shapes in a bay. One kilometer further, people can make a stroll over to a shipwreck but we decided to stay on the beach for some landscape photography although it was the worst time of the day for it now.
It indeed turned out to be a very good decision as Gerd spotted a great flock of seabirds flying in. He took his camera with the 300mm lens attached and slowly approached the place where the birds had settled. He managed to take some really cool photos rather close to the birds as well as in flight when they took off after a while. We later found out that he saw Purple Sandpipers and that they are local breeders at the Norwegian coast. What a nice encounter!
Weather and aurora forecast were brilliant for tonight and so we set off early towards the area of Lake Nakkevatnet. We first stopped in the valley and waited for the clouds to clear. After almost two hours, the sky opened up and enormous Northern lights covered the sky from one side to the other forming a huge arch. What a spectacle! Michael and I went through the deep snow further into the plain and were able to grab shots with a clean foreground. Just beautiful and we all were very happy already – and the night has just started!
We simply could not stop shooting but had to move on to the lake location.
I was very happy about it because we both messed up our photos two days ago in this location and I had hoped to return to the lake.
Well, after this night, I was about to delete all other photos that we took previously because we were rewarded with an incredible firework of Northern lights that lasted over three hours. I was warm all over except that my feet got cold but I didn’t really feel it – the movie going on in the sky was just too fascinating and breathtaking and I simply forgot everything around me!
Michael and I changed to a location where we could include a small stream and had a clear view over to a mountain that almost looked like a volcano with a cone. What a beautiful and terrific setting and we both were all alone in the silence as all our other fellow travelers were in the buses, warming up or sleeping!
The Northern lights were dancing all around us over the whole sky while intensity and colour changed constantly – it was just marvellous!
The group moved on at 2:00 am and we made another stop to take photos of snow-covered fir trees and Northern lights. The location was okay but not perfect for a decent photo: the trees were too much high upon a hill and a proper composition was not possible without tilting the camera too much.
Anyway, it was a good sight and an enjoyable stop!
We continued and suddenly stopped when we spotted an enormously bright Northern light. We were lucky from a location point of view as there was a snow-covered plain in front of us with nicely shaped mountains in the background.
This was the strongest Northern light that we have seen during this trip, almost as bright as daylight and dancing all over the sky. We even saw a couple of coronas forming above us!
We were all stunned and very excited – the only sound you could hear was the shutter noise in the dark. Amazing, amazing – there are simply no words to describe this!
We finally happily drove back to Tromsø where we arrived at 4:30 am! We both were too excited to go to sleep immediately and so we surfed a bit in the internet and eventually packed one of the bags for tomorrow.
What a night!
Highlight of the day: the Northern lights in the setting of Lake Nakkevatnet
Photo galleries: The magic of Northern lights, part V
The magic of Northern lights, part VI