We will live in Reine the first part of our journey. It is most amazing place at Lofoten: several small islands are scattered in the sea at the feet of magnificent Olstinden peak. Our home is situated on one of this islands named Hamnoy: it is traditional Norwegian cabin, named “rorbu”. But it is perfect comfort inside: warm house with shower, large hall and dining room.
Reine itself is amazing because it is pure traditional village at the south edge of Lofoten: small red and yellow houses look like cherries on the winter cake.
We will get at the “end of the world”, at the village “Å” one day. It is truly the razor-sharp edge of the world: “Å” is the last letter of Norwegian alphabet, and this is the last village at Lofoten archipelago. To say it is purely amazing is nothing to say – you must look at it, feel this atmosphere. There is a walking path towards the severe sea from this village. We should take it to look at famous Maelstrom whirpool (or imagine it at horizon between Lofoten and Varoy island, according to famous novell by Edgar Allan Poe). Skies are colored with red here at sunrise.
Not so long from Reine there is Fredvang village with beautiful Yttersand beach. Two graceful bridges are heading towards the huge valley with “inside out” river on the vast field of grass. The river flows only in high tide, towards mountains from the sea.
Each day we will travel further and further from Reine. And of course, we will get to Nusfjord one day. It is the oldest fishing village at Lofoten. It was even included in UNESCO world heritage. Actually, it is just one small bay, but you will feel this calm place touching your soul. On the way to Nusfjord there is huge lake under amazing mountains. If we are not lucky with the snow, we will be lucky to photograph Lofoten lakes. This one is a gem, a masterpiece, our favorite lake.
Ten minutes from Nusfjord there is Ramberg beach. It is iconic beach, almost “visit card” of Lofoten. Imagine Maldives or Seychelles covered with snow with huge mountains beside: this is Lofoten. Azure water with vast white sands and ridged peaks on the foreground. This is typical Lofoten arctic beach landscape.
But my favorite one is pair Haukland-Utakleiv. They are located side by side with each other. We should move to Leknes because of the beauty of the west arctic beaches. Rolling stones, vast areas to look for composition, a lot of rocks and the sunlight at sunset – this is the beauty and amusement of these beaches.
There are a lot of other arctic beaches in the short-list: Eggum, Unstad, Myrland. These words are magic for photographers who visited Lofoten. We should try to visit them all and take a look at amazing lakes on our way. We call Unstad “the boulder beach” because of large polished stones on the shore. At Eggum there is nice small lighthouse and German fort, with a lake under mountains and long stormy coast.
One morning we should meet sun at Henningsvaer. This village was long time without connection to civilization: 2 long bridges were constructed not so long ago. So it reminds Reine: amazing colored houses scattered on islands in the sea, connected by bridges.
Do you know what is the “ice flower”? We will show you. This is amazing phenomena: when high tide lowers in winter, the smooth ice cracks on stones in the fjord, so sharp ice petals appear. East coast of Lofoten has a small road, we will get by it at sunrise to catch reflection of the sun in these “Lofoten roses”.