Fine art travel photography of a snowstorm in Lakselv, Norway

The Failed Aurora Hunt

Sometimes events turns out differently than you expect, possibly in a quite funny way; the kind of event which is usually not enjoyed in the present but can carve indelible memories into your mind, memories that are enjoyable to share with friends over a good glass of wine/beer/–choose your favorite drink–

Tonight, Jamie, an English photographer I met in Inari, proposes to me that I join him for an aurora hunt. I accept his offer with pleasure. We barely sit in the car when we decide to head north. A few minutes later, we decide that we will give Norway a try. First stop : Karasjok, the Sámiest city in Norway. Unfortunately, the weather is definitely not great, and we will continue further north. Sea is not that far and might provide us better conditions. Let’s try and make a trip to Lakselv!

Weather is getting worse and worse. Temperature rises up to +4˚C. Suddenly, in the sky, green colors show up … Haha, just kidding! Everything is grey and we can not see further than the end of the car lights and something begins to fall from the sky. It is of course not a question of these beautiful little white flakes paralyzing European countries one after each other these days. No, it is only a question of good old rain, in Northern Norway in mid-January … Who would have believed it?

Fine art travel photography of a snowstorm in Lakselv, Norway
Fine art travel photography of a snowstorm in Lakselv, Norway

This rain becomes snow when we arrive in Lakselv. A thick snow. Actually, a good snowstorm as we like it… No more choice than to turn around after more than two and a half hours of hope on the dark wintry roads of Finland and Norway… Tonight will be aurora-free. However, we will definitely not go back with empty hands. It’s out of the question! We then decide to photograph the famous Sámi parliament of Karasjok, this same parliament I already enjoyed photographing this summer.

Fine art travel photography of the Sámi parliament of Karasjok, Norway at night

In the end, no green dancers but a nice little adventure and good company. And, icing on the cake, an unexpected encounter with reindeers and their cubs on the way back. Isn’t life beautiful? :)

 

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  • 20/01/2013
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    SalutFinlande

    Pas de chance, mais tu en auras plus la prochaine fois. Cette année devrait être assez favorable pour les aurores boréales.

    • 20/01/2013
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      Admettons un instant que l’on retourne dans le passé, disons il y a 2 jours, lors de cette petite aventure en Norvège. Je suis désormais voyant à court terme et dans ma boule de cristal je sens que dès demain, des couleurs vertes vont apparaître dans le ciel … Désolé pour le spoiler, mais je peux pas m’en empêcher! :)

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