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Flakstad to Hamnøy

Wednesday 25 September 2019

A bit of a lazy day today. I made a slow steady drive south from Flakstad towards Hamnøy. I wanted to stay the night near Hamnøy to get some images of the classic rorbu huts/houses in Hamnøy in the early morning light. The forecast was good for the following day so I headed south down the E10.

I called in at Ramberg that has a long white sandy beach but it’s one of those places that just doesn’t inspire me. All the buildings at the end of the beach a very modern and I really don’t like the look of them. Anyway I tried a couple of shots but to no avail.

My next stop was just a few kilometres down the road at a place called Sandvika, that is, I wasn’t actually at Sandvika but I could see it across the fjord from where I parked. I made a couple of pano shots and they look ok but need a bit of working on before I publish them anywhere

So eventually I made it to a rest area just before Hamnøy tunnel. I’ve stayed there before whilst Fiona was with me and we found it ok. Decent heated toilet facilities and hot water (a big bonus when washing up the pots and pans!)

Whilst sorting the van out for the evening I noticed in the distance a large ship passing by and then saw that the mountains in the far distance were visible. I got the 100-400mm lens out and stretched it to its full extent and took this image. I’m really pleased the way it’s come out.

So not much else to report today. Get my head down ready for an early start and hope for good weather and light in the morning.

Reflections, fishing boats and the great aurora light show!

Tuesday 24 September 2019

I had spent the night at a campsite called Sildpollnes Sjøcamp in a tiny community called Valan, which sticks out on a small peninsular in the area of Vågan, Nordland. It was a really pleasant site and the location was very picturesque. There was a white church a few metres from where I parked the van and later, as I prepared to leave, I put the drone up to get an aerial view of the site. The water was completely still and the reflection of the mountains in the fjord was stunning.

Superb reflection of the mountains behind Valan

I left Valan but stopped about a kilometre up the road at a rest area that gave a great view over the fjord and the harbour I had just come from. I spent more than two hours making images from all kinds of angles and perspectives. I watched as a small fishing boat returning to the harbour was dwarfed by the huge mountains in the background where it had been fishing.

The tiny fishing boat is dwarfed by the mountains behind

The weather was perfect. I’ve been so lucky with the weather, it could have been so different had the weather not played the game for me.

Passing a tiny harbour called Nappsvågen I noticed three large trawlers moored up in a row with the afternoon sun lighting them up. Well I couldn’t miss an opportunity like that.

Tied up in the afternoon sun

I had decided to spend a few more days on the Lofoten Islands before I had to start thinking about heading south, so I headed for Flakstad beach where Fiona and I had really enjoyed our time a few days previously. Also the Aurora forecast promised a bit of a spectacular this evening.

Trolldalsvatnet mountain lit by the setting sun

On arrival at Flakstad I headed straight for Skagsanden Beach (its real name) and the colours of the dying sun did not disappoint. The setting sun was lighting up the west face of Trolldalsvatnet mountain and using the 16mm lens I was able to get an image using the foreground rocks on the beach as leading lines pointing straight at the mountain. I really like this image.

There were quite a few people on the beach and many of them were on road trips like me. I met and got talking to a couple from Luxembourg/Belgium who were travelling together with no end date for their journey. There were also two German guys, one of whom was married to an Australian woman, who were all travelling together on a long holiday from their home in Munich. She was an excellent portrait and wedding photographer. Take a look at her work here. She was also a great talker!!

As the evening wore on and the sun sank lower creating beautiful deep yellows and then reds in the sky, everyone was getting more and more excited at the prospect of a really special Aurora show.

Sure enough around 11.0pm the Northern Lights spectacular began! It was just awe inspiring! The Aurora seemed to fill the sky and wrap itself around everyone. It was like a multi tentacled green monster about to devour whatever it felt like. Yet it also seemed that I could just reach out and touch it, even though it was many miles high, because it filled the sky it felt so close. This was certainly something I shall never forget.

And then it was all over. After around 30 minutes, everything just faded away. But everyone on the beach was just speechless. We all then went back to our vehicles to ponder on what we had just witnessed and how we could describe it to our friends and families. What an end to an unforgettable day.