We saw only one bear from a "photographic distance" during our expedition around Svalbard at the beginning of May 2018. It looked like he was stranded on Karl-XII island, after the sea ice had already retreated a few hundred kilometres further. Read more about him here.
The Alkefjellet bird cliff is probably one of the most famous ones on the Svalbard archipelago. It is the home to approximately 100,000 Brünnich's guillemot that come there to breed after winter. Knowing this, the translation of Alkefjellet from the Norwegian language makes a lot of sense: the guillemot mountains.…
At the beginning of May 2018, I participated to my first Svalbard expedition on board the MS Freya. This was a long time dream for me so you can imagine how excited I was to step on the ship in Longyearbyen on 4 May 2018 for our departure. This first blog post about the Svalbard expedition is like a diary. I will write a few words about each day, with of course many photos. Each photo is accompanied by the settings that I used.
The solar minimum may be on its way but it does not mean that we will not see Auroras anymore in Lapland. A coronal hole created enough disturbance to spark bright Auroras in Inari. Check out all the pictures from the best northern lights display that I have ever witnessed.
With unreliable weather forecasts, we had a very challenging Northern Lights Excursion around Inari with my guests from Australia. They came from so far away and it was their only chance to see the Aurora Borealis! Check out how we find the Northern Lights between Inari and Utsjoki after so much driving!
As landscape photographers, we often prefer impressive sights. Those usually happen around sunrise or sunset, with clouds at the right place, sun at the right angle, and bright hues of orange, red and/or pink all around. But landscape photography in the fog is also possible and actually quite exciting. I tried a minimalistic approach there on the Kaunispää fell in Saariselkä, Finnish Lapland, to make the best of this day.