After our first day of scouting we were sent to different bar, a place which was THE place to be on a Tuesday (!). Well… The place was positively buzzing with about 5 people. So after a few drinks we headed back to the hotel, tired from a long day of driving in the rain. We did check up on the weather forecast, never giving up hope that the trip to this godforsaken country, which was called The Paris of the North, where a drink costs you an arm and a leg, would be a total miserable loss. And guess what? Out of the 5 websites forecasting the weather for the Troms area one actually mentioned a clearing up for the next day. Of course with all our hope we fully believed that one website and with sunshine in our hearts we withdrew in our walk-in closets and called it a night.
Lo and behold… We woke up to patches of blue in the sky. We couldn’t believe our eyes!
Another day of scouting ahead, and bring out the sunglasses!
Tourist information told us we would better be heading east for the night, where the sky would be the clearest. Near Tromsø things would be clouded over come evening, so no use to stick around there. So off we went, in the direction of the Lyngs Alps, a mountain range east of Tromsø, topping just under 2000 meters. We drove all the way to the east tip of the island, to Breivikeidet, there where the ferry leaves to Svensby.
It was there were we set up “camp”.
D700, ISO200, 1/500 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm. A 180-degree panorama put together from 10 images.
We had plenty of time to kill before sunset and darkness, so we got acquainted with the area a bit.
D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm
There was an actual beach there. I’m not quite sure how often per year you could actually lie on the beach this far north, but pretty it was. And the water… Shockingly clear…
D700, ISO200, 1/180 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50 mm
(I didn’t position them like that…)
D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro
And some more landscapes:
D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 70-200mm
My buddy spotted a totally unexpected guest when he was standing here: a seal! Unfortunately he didn’t manage to get a good picture of it and it took off too soon. I managed to only get a glimpse of it from where I was standing 🙁
D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm
And they had boats, too 😉
D700, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm
D700, ISO200, 1/350 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm
And while we were waiting for the darkness and the night to set in, which it finally did after us spending about six hours in the cold there, we saw happening what we were dreading already for a few hours. More and more clouds came in and what was supposed to be a clear night was about to go all wrong.
D700, ISO200, 10 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 70-200mm
It ended up clouding over so much that we decided to get away from here and hoping we would drive towards some lighter skies.
On our way back, for just a brief moment, we thought we saw something over the mountain range, but we didn’t capture it on sensor. It might’ve just been our eagerness…
D700, ISO200, 15 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 14-24mm