Mono landscape

Eight train journeys, four flights and I am home.  Every connection was made but that’s not to say everything ran like clockwork – a landslip heading north delayed the train’s arrival into Bodø by one hour and, on the return leg, the sleeper service was cancelled between Trondheim and Oslo due to a derailment.  It is reassuring to know that it is not just the UK that struggles to run a reliable rail service, although, in the land of darkness, snow and ice there may be better excuses.

The day we arrived in Svolvær, it was a Fuji Velvia day – a bright, vivid landscape and light, nature’s colour saturation turned up a notch or two.  The next day, we toured the northern islands under leaden, monochrome skies – regardless, it remains a spectacular place to be and already, I am plotting my return:

A cormorant drying its wings.

The road to Gimsoy.

Morning light.

Abandoned landing stage.

Light and shade.

The beacon at Kabelvag

Kabelvag harbour.

Where sand, sea and snow meet.

Near Lofoten Links.

The bridge to Henningsvaer.

Henningvaer harbour..



  1. Pit · March 10, 2020

    Some landscapes seem to have specially been created for black & white photography.

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2020

      Seems that way Pit – looks great under almost any conditions.

      • Pit · March 10, 2020

        It sure does!

  2. Tish Farrell · March 10, 2020

    Love these stark cold land-/seascapes.

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2020

      Me too, Tish – definitely worth the effort of getting there. Actually, ‘getting there’ was half the fun – the train journey from Trondheim to Bodo is just spectacular. Nothing like crossing into the Arctic Circle by train 🙂

      • Tish Farrell · March 10, 2020

        Crossing into the Arctic Circle by train – sounds marvellous. And not melting either!

  3. Su Leslie · March 10, 2020

    These are very beautiful — perfect in b&w

  4. harrienijland · March 10, 2020

    Wonderful set of photo’s! 🙂

  5. Graham Stephen · March 10, 2020

    Looks wonderful!

  6. Aviationtrails · March 11, 2020

    Looks just stunning!

    • northumbrianlight · March 11, 2020

      It’s a wonderful place to be – beginning of March is the optimum time for snow still being around while there is a decent amount of light. Recommend.

  7. J.D. Riso · March 12, 2020

    Haunting, stark photos. Hope you brought some of that stillness home with you, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · March 12, 2020

      Thanks Julie – not sure I can do that – I think I will just have to go back 🙂 Under that snow, on Gimsoy, there is a fine golf course! 🙂

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