Locations Chasing the Northern Lights in Lofoten

by lhgqz

Our leaders are explorers at coronary heart, and we love listening to about their adventures outdoors of Wilderness Journey. This one comes from Bohdan Fashtrya, our Journey Chief for the Nice Carpathian Traverse, who launched into an epic ski journey in northern Norway throughout his low season. Take a look at what he and his mates skilled on this wintery realm.

A typical city in Lofoten

I’ve been dreaming about visiting Norway since I used to be a boy, after I first learn in regards to the brave Vikings. After I grew up, I used to be drawn to this place not due to the legendary warriors who dwelled among the many fjords, however the fjords themselves—and much more, by the mountains that towered over them. Rocky, black, mystical fjords have been engraved in my reminiscence for years from the work of Theodor Kittelsen, my favourite painter. This tradition is so removed from the Hutsuls (the folks from my residence nation of Ukraine).

In the summertime of 2016, after main adventures for Wilderness Journey, I received a proposal to go on a winter journey to Norway from a photographer and ambassador of The North Face Ukraine. We had been accompanied by two unbelievable skiers, and collectively we set off on our journey north in quest of good snow—and witnessed the elusive but astounding Northern Lights.

Our vacation spot included the Lofoten archipelago—rocky islands past the Arctic Circle, and the place Wilderness Journey has their Northern Norway and the Lofoten Islands journey. As a result of we had been touring within the winter with all our snow gear, we had fairly the expertise getting from one place to the subsequent, however it all provides as much as a terrific journey. I hope you take pleasure in among the images from my journey.

Packing the automotive trunk was a day by day ceremony that often concerned some sort of compressing into tight areas

The isles and Norway enchanted me instantly. Limitless fjords, steep mountain slopes, thick woods, quick rivers, meandering roads, bridges, tunnels—I barely managed to modify my sight from one factor to a different!

Having fun with life above the Arctic Circle
Nothing says journey journey like tenting within the snow with your mates
Gearing up for what would turn into probably the greatest ski days of my life
Hauling all our gear by snowmobile on one in all our ski days
This was the start of our third ski day within the valley, with one of many ranges marking a border between Norway and Finland
Witnessing the Northern Lights. Watching the phenomenon I dreamed to see for such a very long time added a brand new dimension to this journey up north

The extra locations we go to, the extra we notice the distinctiveness, marvels, and totally different cultures of our planet. As a lot as I like sharing my mountaineering days within the Carpathian with Wilderness Journey adventurers, I additionally love exploring among the different locations WT visits. It’s a reminder of why we do the issues we love.

—Textual content and images by Journey Chief, Bohdan Fashtrya. To study extra about our Journey Leaders, go to www.wildernesstravel.com/leaders.

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