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Holdalsvatnet, Lofoten Islands, Norway

The Lofoten Islands of Norway are the 'must photograph' destination for landscape photographers these days. This comes as no surprise, the area offers spectacular landscapes for seascape and landscape photography, northern lights in the winter and midnight sun during the summer months.

Lofoten is well known for its distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches, untouched lands as well as its Rorbuer, the legendary fishing huts. The most popular sceneries for landscape photographers are these of Reine and Hamnoy.

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Although the islands are above the Arctic Circle, temperatures are not as low as in Norway mainland due to their position in the Atlantic and close to the Gulf Stream. Saying that, when the weather turns and the wind arrives from north/west, conditions can change rapidly, and that day was one of these days. As the snow was coming down fast and the wind was getting high, we were trying to find sheltered places to do some photography. When we passed this little lake, the patterns on the frozen surface were a subject one could not avoid to photograph. The wind at this spot was almost non existing and the conditions were absolutely perfect for the occasion.

Some say that the only thing that can stop a landscape photographer from capturing images is the weather. Well, it did not stop us that day.

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