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Lofoten Scenes: Fishing Cabins

April 12, 2017

Evidently one of the most picturesque things about the Lofoten Islands are the small fishing villages comprised of red and yellow cabins that decorate the Arctic landscapes.  As usual, I didn't do any research before booking this trip, other than making sure I could pay for it.  I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that most of our overnight stays would be in one of these cabins.  Growing up, my dad taught skiing on the weekends and our family rented a tiny winter cabin for the ski season from a family friend.  It was a no thrills place, with only a wood stove for heat, but we all grew to love it, and I definitely miss the weekends we spent there.  Staying in a waterside cabin at the Eliassen Rorbuer in Hamnoy brought a comforting sense of nostalgia that I didn't expect when booking this trip.

Mountain Peak in Reine, Lofoten Islands, NorwayMountain Peak in Reine, Lofoten Islands, NorwayA snowy blue hour in Reine, Norway. Early morning lights made for some nice reflections around the bridge towards the peak.

Weather wasn't the greatest, but I still got this bridge shot that everyone gets.

Hamnoy, Norway: A view of the Eliassen Rorbuer cabins from the bridge crossing over to Hamnoy in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.Hamnoy, Norway: A view of the Eliassen Rorbuer cabins from the bridge crossing over to Hamnoy in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.The cabins, restaurant, and location are a popular destination for photographers visiting the Lofoten Islands in Norway in the winter.

Stayed in the cabin in the center of the picture.

Hamnoy, Norway: A view of the Eliassen Rorbuer cabins during blue hour in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.Hamnoy, Norway: A view of the Eliassen Rorbuer cabins during blue hour in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.The cabins, restaurant, and location are a popular destination for photographers visiting the Lofoten Islands in Norway in the winter. Accomodations are simple but perfect for a cozy winter setting.

Yellow fishermen cabins of Sakrisoy, in the Lofoten Islands in NorwayYellow fishermen cabins of Sakrisoy, in the Lofoten Islands in NorwayBetween the snow, wind, and even some hail, the light broke through the clouds over Sakrisoy occasionally and made for some nice water effects with the yellow homes in the background.

Yellow cabins were a nice change and looked nice with the green and blue waters surrounding this village.  I was amazed how clear the water is up here.

Snowstorm Over a Red Fisherman's Cabin in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.Snowstorm Over a Red Fisherman's Cabin in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.Caught some good light as a snowstorm swept in and whited out the area. Had about 5 minutes of the light trying to peak through the clouds and reflect on the water and coastline rocks.

In general, landscape photography involves chasing light.  With the amount of snow we were getting on this trip, we stopped any chance we had when we caught the sun popping through the cloudy skies.

Early mornings in Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway.Early mornings in Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway.Skies cleared during the sunrise, so we were able to see the mountains in the distance from our vantage point above Reine Village.

We were guided to some excellent vantage points above the surrounding towns, and when the skies were clear the sunrises were amazing.  This was the first trip I tried to take some panoramic shots with the idea of stitching them together in post processing.  Got through developing these that shown here, so I plan on developing the panoramics next.  Hoping I get at least one that I can keep.

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