Fine art landscape photography of Lofoten during winter, Norway by Julien Fumard

Påske i Lofoten, dag I : On the Road …

Originally published on The North Way, my previous blog …

5 years ago, during summer 2007, I made with my other half and Kioki — yes, our car has a name! ;-) — my first road trip through Scandinavia. We were still living in Aix-en-Provence, France, though we drove through France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and then arrived in this country which since has become our new home: Norway. That was my first contact with this country and since that moment I often use to remember about that place as one of the most beautiful places in Norway, and also probably one of the most beautiful places in the world: the Lofoten islands. And guess what … it’s only 400 kilometers from Tromsø!


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This year we had 5 days off for easter holidays. As Lofoten islands are not far from here it was a great occasion to rent a car and go back there… and that’s what we did.

Fine art landscape photography of Lofoten during winter, Norway by Julien Fumard

Early and difficult wake up on thursday –you will often see this sentence on this blog, waking up is ALWAYS difficult for us! ;) –. Outside, it’s snowing more than ever. The entrance is covered by a thick white coat that we have to get rid of. We fetch the car, fill it up with our stuff and the trip begins … terribly. It’s snowing so much that we barely see the road in front of us, and it’s like that all way long until Bjerkvik, where we have a short break for lunch in Det Lille Kjokken. I have been told that it is the best burger restaurant in Norway. But I have also been warned that as French food lovers we might not agree … and actually their burgers are far from being as good as my other half’s burgers … but not bad either.

Fine art landscape photography of Lofoten during winter, Norway by Julien Fumard

After 3 hours of driving and around 200 kilometers crossed, we now switch to the main road that will lead us to the Lofoten islands (E10). The weather is becoming very unstable. From one place to the other, it’s snowy, then sunny, then snowy again… but I am very happy, as this is the perfect weather for the kind of photographs I love to do. When the sun beams fight to pass through the thick clouds, lights become really interesting and add this extra drama I’m looking for. Those 5 days will definitely be interesting.

Fine art landscape photography of Lofoten during winter, Norway by Julien Fumard

200 kilometers later, after some kind of spatio-temporal distortion, we finally arrive in Stamsund, a small fishing village (like all villages in Lofoten). It is 19:00 … Yes, in Norway you better plan your trips using time from one place to the other, not kilometers!

Fine art landscape photography of Lofoten during winter, Norway by Julien Fumard

There we share a rorbu, a typical Norwegian fishing cabin, with 3 Germans that are cooking a fresh and appetizing cod fished this morning by the landlord … but unfortunately, we did not manage to find him soon enough to get ours. Next time maybe!

Fine art travel photography of inside a rorbu in Lofoten, Norway by Julien Fumard

To be continued…

Comments

  • 22/04/2012
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    gwen

    La suite SVP !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 23/04/2012
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      Aussitot dit, aussitot fait! Elle est pas belle la vie? :D

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