The phrase “sunset on the beach” usually conjures up images of tropical destinations and cocktails decorated with with paper umbrellas. The beaches in Norway’s Lofoten Islands might not fit the stereotype, but the sunset scenery is no less stunning.
Sexy slow motion sunset (shot on iPhone 7 plus)
One of my favorite stops during my Arctic Photography Workshop was Haukland Beach, also known as Hauklandstranda.
No Filter Sunset on Haukland Beach
The colorful sunset I witnessed (and photographed) had colors so unreal, some of the images I took looked overly photoshopped despite being #nofilter.
Snowy sunset on Hauklandstranda
The drama of the colorful sky, clouds, sea, and dramatic arctic scenery was breathtaking.
#NoFilter Sunset on Haukland Beach
Sand, snow, and a sunset
Pastel sunset in Northern Norway
Haukland Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Lofoten Islands. Don’t let winter weather keep you from checking it out for yourself.
Haukland Beach, Leknes Island
8370, Uttakleivveien 200, 8370 Leknes, Norway
(10 km north of Leknes)
Just before entering the tunnel to Utakleiv is a parking area on the left.
Of all of beaches I saw in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Utakleiv had the most diversity. It’s a photographer’s dream with it’s creamy white sand, green grass, jewel toned tidal pools and rocky coastline.
Tidal pools and emerald seas in Norway
Utakleiv Beach is also easy to reach by car and doesn’t require a hike, making it one of the most photographed spots in the Lofoten Islands.
Portrait of Ana at Utakleiv Beach
While Ana and I explored Utakleiv Beach during the day, it’s also a popular spot to watch (and photograph) the northern lights.
We had Utakleiv Beach all to ourselves
While we heard that the beach was popular during the summer months, one of the benefits of traveling during shoulder season is that we had the place entirely to ourselves.
Ana on a grassy knoll at Utakleiv beach
The clouds were moody, adding to the dramatic and craggy scenery.
Clouds, water, rocks, and sand
The light was soft and flattering during our visit so I used the opportunity to shoot a few portraits of Ana using the depth mode (aka portrait mode) feature on my iPhone 7 plus. I love the results.
Ana at Utakleiv beach (portrait mode)
The beach is also a favorite spot for photographers in winter when the rocks along the coastline are covered in snow.
Portrait of Ana among the rocks (iPhone 7 plus)
There were a few picnic tables on Utakleiv, and it’s a popular spot for camping when the weather is suitable.
Jewel toned tidal pool at Utakleiv Beach
From Leknes, it is about 20 minutes out. Follow the E10 out of Leknes and turn right onto Vikveien. Then take the Fv826 to Uttakleivveien. At the intersection, take a left to stay on Uttakleivveien until you see a parking area on the right and the beach right next to it.
Dramatic clouds above an abandoned house in Pullman, Washington
The Palouse Region of Southeast Washington is best known for it’s vibrant colors and vivid landscapes, but some of my favorite images from my recent trip to Southeast Washington work better in black and white.
France photographing her favorite tree near Steptoe Butte
The rolling agricultural landscape of the area can be striking in black and white when it plays up the graphic lines, dramatic clouds, and light of the area.
Treads on a tractor and striped fields
I like how the treads on this tractor mimic the striped fields in the background.
Vintage Truck in Garfield, WA
Editing in black in white can also help when skies are a bit flat, like in the shot below of the crumbling grainery just off the Palouse Scenic Byway.
Crumbling grainery in Pullman
Photo above by France Freeman
My black and white edits were inspired by this shot my friend, photographer France Freeman, took of me in Pullman. Who knew Pullman had street art?
Some of my favorite things about Stockholm were exploring the Nobel Museum in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. I enjoyed the charming cafes and interesting old streets in the area.
Swedish still life in Södermalm
Södermalm was my favorite area of Stockholm, with it’s trendy restaurants, cafes and creative vibe.
Taking a boat tour is a classic way to see Stockholm
If you’re into boats, don’t miss the Vasa Museum, one of the best experiences you’ll ever have with a sunken ship. I did not get to visit the Abba Museum, but I’m big on saving something for the next trip.
Swedish Zen at the Miss Clara Hotel
I stayed at the Miss Clara Hotel the first few nights. Located in a gorgeous 1910 Art Nouveau building that used to house a girls school, the vibe was modern and quiet, and had a lovely sauna in the basement.
Window shopping in Gamla Stan (old town)
Stockholm is chilly in the spring, with it’s waterfront location bringing winds off the Baltic sea.
A cute Stockholm native
a Swedish Frenchie in old town
Salmon, salmon and more salmon
I got to try a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord with all the trimmings at the Grand Hotel. Lingonberry jam, smoked fish, and the house 1874 Grand Aquavit to wash it down.
Skål! I’m a fan of the Aquavit
Flavored with caraway, anise and fennel, the aquavit reminded me of the Brennivín I tasted in Iceland.
Stockholm at night
I did some night shooting in Stockholm in preparation for heading to Lapland and chasing the Aurora Borealis. I was colder during the night shoot in Stockholm than anytime during the lapland part of my trip, due to winds. But I do like I the images I got of the city at night.
I couldn’t resist taking a selfie in gorgeous Stockholm window light
The light in Stockholm was beautiful at times and flat at others. But the window light was so delicious I couldn’t resist taking a selfie on my iPhone 6s.