Frozen road in the Lofoten islands, Norway

Bye Bye Lofoten, Hello Vesterålen

I love it when a book finishes with a grand ending and am thrilled when an album ends up with an endless epic track filled with heady melodies; as well, I am lavished when one of my trips concludes right after memorable moments – if not the best. That’s why I decided to end this Lofoten adventure a bit earlier than expected after the last stormy days.

Rain showers above the sea in Lofoten, Norway

Snow is slowly melting and after a planned sunny day, temperature will rise above 6°C with a good deal of rain. Even if the optimistic part of me hopes for more snow, reason wins. I believe that the first impression you get of a place is important but am certain that the last one is crucial. That’s why I will not ruin it with a few more days walking and camping on slush after such fantastic moments.

Frozen road in the Lofoten islands, Norway

As I am writing, I am now on a little island in Vesterålen, Norway, helping in the renovation of a lighthouse’s buildings. A storm is coming and I can’t wait to experience it here, isolated in the middle of the ocean. Bye bye Lofoten, hello Vesterålen!

Boat trip to the lighthouse, Vesterålen, Norway

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  • 04/11/2013
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    Very nice pictures. Good luck on the lighthouse, enjoy, it should be magic!

    • 04/11/2013
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      Thank you very much! And I can tell you right now, it IS magic :)

  • 30/11/2013
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    Hi Julien, I just came across your blog today, quite by accident in fact. Some of your landscape photography is magnificent. I hope to get through the rest of your posts in the coming days. Keep up the good work!

    • 30/11/2013
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      Hi Francis,
      Thanks a lot for the kind words! I hope it gave you the envy to travel to these places :)

      Cheers!

      • 01/12/2013
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        Indeed it does motivate me to travel there! Finland is the only place where I have visited in Scandanavia where I could really focus on landscape photography, but it was short visit. It’s nice, but I believe Norway must be the most photogenic country in Scandanavia. I hope to get there for an extended trip with the camera at some stage. The only issue however is expense. How do you manage financially in countries like Norway? Do you have any money saving tips for travelling/photographing there?

        • 01/12/2013
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          Depending on your definition of Scandinavia, I would say Iceland is the most photogenic. Norway, as I like to say, is more about the mood, though it needs IMO some time to be understood and photographed. Anyways, it’s still very photogenic especially in places like Lofoten or even the fjords area…

          Tips? Get a tent, walk and eat Chinese noodles, bread, ham and muesli for every meal. Otherwise you can also use couchsurfing or even better: find a volunteering opportunity (which in addition will give you some insight of the culture). Good luck for your future trips to Norway then ;)

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