Photographers from across the world head to Norway's Lofoten islands for the incredible landscapes. Here's a selection of some of the best Lofoten photography.
Norway is one of the world's top destinations for landscape photographers. But one place stands tall above all others.
The Lofoten islands of Northern Norway offer steep mountains, rugged peaks, picturesque fishing villages and incredible lighting conditions. From the midnight sun to the northern lights, Lofoten has so much to offer keen photographers.
An important factor to bear in mind is that these islands are remote. Their location at 68 degrees north presents all kinds of challenges for those planning a photo trip, from uncertain and changeable weather conditions to the lack of charging points for your batteries!
This article will look at some of the top Lofoten photography locations together with some tips for capturing the perfect shot. Enjoy!
Photos from Reine, Lofoten
The stunning village Reine is one of the most recognisable locations in Lofoten. At the western end of the archipelago, Reine has mountain and ocean views in all directions.
Many photographers head for Reinebringen, one of the most famous hikes in Norway. This well-used path gives a spectacular vista not just of Reine but of this entire part of Lofoten.
Svolvær in photos
While Lofoten is known for its scenery, remote hiking trails and tiny villages, there are also a couple of towns. With a population of almost 5,000 permanent residents, Svolvær is the most notable of these.
The mix of traditional and modern architecture is a fascinating one, but this is no urban sprawl. As with everywhere in Lofoten, the natural setting is stunning.
For the absolute best view of the town, climb to the Goat's horns of Svolværgeita. This is no simple hike, however. It's a rope-assisted mountain climb that requires a professional guide. But the views are well worth it.
Lofoten photography in the winter
Most people choose to visit Lofoten in the summer. That's perfectly understandable. The weather is much better and 24-hour sunlight provides many more photographic opportunities.
But there is something very special about this scenery when the snow falls and the winter light descends. From the blue hour of the polar night to the northern lights, winter in Lofoten is a truly unique time.
For lighter skies and snow on the ground, visit later in the year. February and March are popular times, as they offer sunlight in the daytime and the possibility of northern lights displays by night.
Beach photography in Lofoten
Photos of beaches are often featured in holiday brochures from the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The sandy stretches of Lofoten are some of Norway's best beaches, although they tend to attract photographers and surfers more than sun-seekers!
Some beaches can be reached by car, but others–the quietest–require a hike. Overnight camping is permitted on the grassy banks next to most of the beaches.
The small village of Stamsund is well known among passengers of Hurtigruten ships as one of the handful of stops in the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands.
For photographers, the yellow wooden buildings, fishing boats and tall jagged mountain backdrop provide plenty of opportunities.
Photos from Å: The end of Lofoten
Although many travellers drive west to Reine, fewer continue a few miles on the literal end of the road. The fishing village Å is now mostly a living museum, with many opportunities for photography.
The museum collects together many historic buildings, while the pathways lead down to multiple spots by the coastline with everything from tiny fishing boats to traditional red rorbuer (fisherman's cabins) ready and waiting for your camera.
If you're planning a trip to Lofoten or simply want to find out more, check out episode 9 of the Life in Norway Show. American photographer Cody Duncan makes a living leading photo tours, selling ebooks, and taking photos in Lofoten. He joined the podcast to tell all about why Lofoten is such a good photography location.
Have you been on a Lofoten islands photography trip? What's your favourite spot on the islands for a photo walk?