View of Kjerkfjord from the summit of Reinebringen
Located in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon a few kilometers downstream of Dettifoss this is my favorite waterfall in Iceland. This view can only be achieved by hiking down into the canyon. The height of Hafragilsfoss is 27 m.
Laitaure delta from Mount Skierffe
Laitaure delta from Mount Skierffe
Evening view along Stuor Reaiddávággi towards Visttasvággi; to the left the ridge of Nállu (1585 m). This valley has the typical U-shape - it was carved out by a glacier.
The lake Kaska Kaitumjaure seen from the cliff edge of Čihkkumbákti. The view was absolutely stunning. It is difficult to convey the dimensions in a photograph. I set up my tent nearby in the early afternoon and watched the changing weather during the remainder of the day. With this photo I was lucky as the sun peeked through the clouds for a brief moment in time.
Dark water and mountains contrast the colorful vegetation.
Rainbow over the lake Bálgatjávrásj, located on the high plateau of Luohttoláhko. In the background the Pårte mountains.
Sky on Fire
For my strenuous climb in the dark of the early morning I was rewarded with beautiful colors.
Contradicting weather conditions on the summit of Bårddetjåhkkå (2005 m). The prominent peak to the left is Sáitaristjåhkkå (1908 m). In the background the Luohttoláhko plateau.
Large vs. Small
Large dunes are surrounded by smaller ones that are all aligned with the main direction of the wind.
It took me a lot of tries until I was able to capture this wave breaking on a large piece of ice.
It is summer in the northern hemisphere and possibly you have some hot weather. In those conditions it is nice to cool down a bit -- at least mentally :-). I’m slow at video editing and my day job also requires some of my time. But finally I completed the short video about my ski trip in Lapland last March. So, relax and cool down -- I did the all the effort for you:
Some facts: 9 days out in the mountains, this time only 3 nights in the tent, the rest in huts. The weather was exceptional, but much colder than last year. I carried about 40 kg of overall gear (most of it on the sled). Roughly half of the distance was covered on the King’s Trail (Kungsleden) which is marked also in winter. The rest was less frequented and involved some steep sections (Tjäktja -- Nallo) which were challenging with the sled -- especially for me as a winter rookie.
My photographic equipment sometimes struggled with the cold and I needed to warm up the batteries to get the camera to work. Even the action camera I used needed to be kept warm -- otherwise it would turn off after 2-3 seconds. But to me it was worth the effort.
I spent two nights in the Vistas hut and finally I got lucky during the second night: The northern lights presented a fantastic show with constantly increasing activity. The image above was made during the first “phase” of the spectacle. Later-on the whole sky lit up, also illuminating the landscape. I did not know anymore where to point the camera… Again, it was very cold which made handling the camera gear difficult. As I had been staying in the hut this time -- opposed to the tent as two nights before -- at least the batteries were not too cold to start with. In addition, I attached a powerbank to keep the camera shooting and was able to capture the timelapse of the aurora shown in the video below.
One of the advantages of viewing the aurora in the mountains in a remote location is the absence of light pollution which is visible in a lot of videos and images I found in the net. That night in Visttasvággi there was only the light of the aurora (and the stars).
Last month I have been to Lapland again for a 9-day trip on skis. I’m currently reviewing the images. On my 4th day I found a really nice camping spot at about 1100 m of altitude. When it got dark and the temperature dropped to about -20°C, I went outside in the hope for the northern lights to appear. Unfortunately, they did not appear that night. Instead, I captured the clear night sky without them:
That night I did not know that later on I would indeed witness a spectacular display of the aurora. Thus, I was a bit disappointed. However, after seeing the image on a larger screen I was quite happy with the result and feel that it was worth the effort.
In comparison to last year’s trip, the temperatures were a lot lower. This turned out to be a challenge for my mirrorless camera equipment. In fact, in the night when I took the image above my camera refused to work with a strange error at first. Fortunately, after warming the battery within my glove I could finally convince it to operate.
It is late in the year, the leaves are falling from the trees and soon winter is arriving. About time to work on a short video about my Lapland trip last winter. With snowshoes I explored the Swedish mountainscape in 10 days. So, let’s look forward to the cold and hopefully we’ll get some snow :-)!
Here the video, best watched in fullscreen and HD: