It has taken two days to get here but the effort was worth it:  Newcastle to Manchester to Stockholm to Kiruna, to Tärendö. Into the Arctic Circle again, we came in the winter for the darkness and the aurora and now we are back for the midnight sun, a chance to see some of the places in daylight that we only glimpsed in snow and the too short days of winter.

This feels like escape – endless forests, lakes and empty roads which for miles and miles are unmade, not because they are out-in-the-wild tracks but because the Swedes have a novel approach to resurfacing – dig everything up, start again but don’t close the ‘roads’.

These are a few images from our brief stay in this beautiful place, fittingly at the Forest Hotel.  All of them taken in haste – stand still for more than a few seconds and both the camera and photographer are covered in midges 👿

Tomorrow we drive east into Finland.

A room with a view ... Evening light ... Into the sun ... House in the woods ...
I've looked at clouds ...
Bridge over ...
The Blue Angel ...

Downtown ...


  1. iosatel · July 16, 2015

    Beautiful series!

  2. milfordstreet · July 16, 2015

    Such a beautiful setting…Cheers =)

  3. Cate Franklyn · July 16, 2015

    On the road again, my friend? Gorgeous shots. Send more.

  4. Pit · July 16, 2015

    What a fantastic area! You make me envious. Another blogging-friend of mine [http://irgendlink.de/] [https://twitter.com/irgendlink] is on his way up there, to the North Cape by bicycle. I hope he’ll enjoy such beautiful landscape and weather as so far he has been plagued by rain.
    Enjoy your time there,

    • northumbrianlight · July 16, 2015

      Many thanks Pit – I will check up on your friends progress. We are heading for North Cape as well but by car – the soft option 🙂 We arrive on Tuesday 21st July.

      • Pit · July 16, 2015

        I wish you a great holiday and, most of all, a safe trip: enjoy.

      • Pit · July 16, 2015

        P.S.: The North Cape is on our bucket list, too. By another “soft” 😉 option: by ship, on one of the Hurtig Routen ships.

      • northumbrianlight · July 17, 2015

        Many thanks Pit – I recommend the coastal voyage in either summer or winter – two quite different experiences.

      • Pit · July 17, 2015


  5. LaVagabonde · July 16, 2015

    Looks like a quiet paradise. Congrats on making it back up that way again for the light. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 16, 2015

      Thanks Julie – we are heading for the far north again but this time by road. We end up coming down the Norwegian coast from North Cape, staying at some of the same places we called in at by ship over the winter. This time without the snow – I assume 😉

  6. restlessjo · July 16, 2015

    Fabulous colours! Haste ye onwards, Robin, but keep sending the photos 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 17, 2015

      Will do Jo – Levi net in Finland – pronounced ‘Levy’ I think.

  7. Su Leslie · July 17, 2015

    Beautiful photos. I hope you have a wonderful time 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 17, 2015

      Many thanks Sue – the sun is shining brightly this morning and I can see from my webcam that it has been raining at home – that always makes me feel better 🙂

  8. socialbridge · July 17, 2015

    Oh Robin! Now this looks divine.

    • northumbrianlight · July 17, 2015

      It is Jean, it is – except for the darn midges. I am very lumpy and itchy this morning – Pam says they like me best because I eat too many sweet things. Tosh I say 😀

      • socialbridge · July 17, 2015

        I’d say it’s because they have good taste!

  9. enmanscamera · July 19, 2015

    I have to stop and type the words: WOW! Gosh these are great photos.

  10. greenmackenzie · July 23, 2015

    Beautiful colours…and who knew that they get midges in Norway. I thought it was only Scotland 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 24, 2015

      Many thanks – perhaps they are on their holidays, you can understand the attraction 🙂

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