It was still overcast when I got up but I nevertheless went outside for a stroll around the area of the rorbuer.
I went up to the lighthouse and found some nice tranquil compositions of the mountains with the offshore rocks. It slowly cleared up as predicted by the weather forecast service: a nice dry day with clouds and sun was about to start…
I returned to the rorbuer, we had breakfast and started our day trip. We were looking forward to visiting Reine as we both like this spectacular area very much and we wanted to see how it has changed after our last visit eight years ago. We made our first stop at Hella along Torsfjorden where the winter scenery was at its best with a frozen lake and snow covered mountains.
It was overcast with a bit of sunshine when we arrived in Reine and I happily took some photos of Reinefjorden. This is one – if not THE one – place of the Lofoten Islands that I like the most. Lots of drama, steep mountains, deep fjords and dramatic light – it is all on the plate for you
We had lunch in the car when we first noticed a black wall of clouds approaching the southern tip of the island. Hmmm….
Soon after we had finished our sandwiches, the snow storm started and won’t stop anymore! Dry weather? What a joke again!!! When we drove back towards Leknes, it was snowing heavily and I was almost driving in a complete white-out for twenty minutes!
When we drove over the pass near Napp, I noticed a single light spot and was dead sure it was at Uttakleiv.
I quickly changed the route to pass by and yep – when we left the tunnel, we were greeted by the most beautiful light and… three mini buses with fellow photographers. There were about a dozen people with tripods hanging around on the beach and I was quietly trying to find my place between them. Not very pleasant and I was a bit disappointed with this situation on my last day and the only real sunset I have had here
Well, I tried to make the best out of it and did achieve some nice long exposure shots.
The light faded quickly and we returned to the car to warm up. I thought I could take some more photos during the blue hour on Haukland beach but when we came out of the tunnel, we already saw the snow storm approaching that has caught us again.
So we went back to Ballstad, had our last Kjøtboller dinner and waited if it would clear up again. It did not take very long and we saw the first stars – yay, rushing to the car and off we were. We checked Myrland first and were greeted by a huge northern light already. The same large bow over the whole fjord as yesterday – fantastic!!
We spent some time there before we went over to Flakstad beach. To our big surprise, there was no other photographer! We could not believe our luck and I headed to the beach – just in time for an incredible sky fireworks. The aurora was large and very strong and I especially liked the green reflections in the wet sand of the beach. The aurora was shining continuously without a single break and suddenly the whole beach and the mountains were illuminated by a giant corona. Yikes…!!!
We were looking breathlessly up into the sky that seemed to explode upon us like a giant star in green and purple. It was an incredible, marvelous, majestic moment that I will never ever forget in my life. Gigantic, fantastic – simply marvelous! The fireworks did not stop and went on for another few hours. Waw…!
We changed to Haukland beach at 1:00 am and enjoyed another hour of a great aurora display. A fantastic location for the auroras with lots of foreground interest that made me happily smiling. And again, no other photographers! We both did not understand their absence – perhaps they were all put off by the bad weather after sunset. I did not feel wind nor the cold while I was watching the aurora dance in the sky.
The aurora got weaker at 2:30 am and we called it a day/night and headed back to the rorbuer – completely overwhelmed by what we have been able to observe this night.
Highlight of the day: the magnificent corona