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In February I have been with 2 friends in Tromsø / Norway for 10 days.

There was about 1m of snow.

Temperatures were about zero degrees celcsius.

 

Main reason of the trip was the hunt for polar lights.

 

3 nights clouds

2 nights clear sky, no polar lights

2 nights clear sky and low energetic polar lights

3 nights clear sky and high energetic polar lights.

 

One night we were norteast of Tromsø on the road to Oldevik.

There was a dark area in the mountains, called Snarbyeidet.

 

 

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View in the opposite direction

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@@Photo-Kiboko, these are beautiful! Something i would really love to photograph someday.

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@@Photo-Kiboko That's on my bucketlist. Maybe a trip to northern Finland for some wolves, bears, wolverines and Northern Lights...

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Some very unseasonal weather!!

 

Taking the dog for a walk in the Lake District yesterday.

 

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@@Peter Connan

 

It was my thrid trip to hunt for polar lights.

Be careful, polar light photography can end in an obsession.

It is as infectious as the Virus Africanum and the Arctic Virus.

 

It was my third attempt to photograph polar lights.

The first attempt was in February 2014 in the Kusamo area in Finland.

We had low clouds the whole week. No sun, no moon. no stars no polar lights.

Everything was white in the mountains. There was no horizon between snow on the ground and clouds in the sky.

The trees were covered by snows completely.

It looks like somebody has given me a "black-and-white" memory card.

It was a very relaxed vacation.

 

The winter weather in Finland can be stable.

You can have clear sky for several weeks or clouds for several weeks.

 

Wolves, bears and wolverines are on my bucket list, too.

The sun has an 11 year cycle. Four years high activity and 7 years low activity.

The solar cycle is heading to the low activity period.

There will be polar lights in the low activity period, too. But with lower energy and a smaller probability for flares.

 

Tromsö is the self named capital of polar lights.

It is easy to reach and has an excellent infrastructure.

I would not recommend a hotel in the centre of the town.

The parking fees are very high.

It is better to go for a BB or Hotel outside of the town.

 

Tromsö is located very close to the polar light circle.

There are good chances for polar lights, even with very low activity.

I have seen lights even with very low Kp numbers around 0.33 to 0.67.

Then you have just a faint stripe in east-west direction.

 

Depending of the weather forecast, you can either drive to the mainland or to the islands.

I strongly recommend to go out, even if probability for clear sky or gaps between clouds is low

and the solar activity prediction is very.

 

Sometimes something magic happens (Grötfjord, west of Tromsö):

 

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Thanks for the detailed information @@Photo-Kiboko.

 

Guess i will have to plan for 2024...

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@@Photo-Kiboko Thanks for the detailed information, I'm hoping to get to Tromso and the Loften Islands early next year as a change to the heat of Africa. Did you self drive and what were the road conditions like?

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I was in Tromsø with two friends and their wife’s.
Both friends had a rental car.
I need not to drive myself.

Road conditions:
There is lots of ice on the road.
The snowplow does not push the snow completely.
The remaining snow will be compressed to ice.
The chains of the snowplow press a pattern into the ice.
Also they put some gravel on the road.
This provides some grip.
The Norwegian cars have tires with spikes.
However, our rental cars have no spikes.
On main roads you can drive well, even without spikes.
Parking lots and ways to private houses are a different story.
They are extremely slippery.
It gets even worse, if it starts raining.
A water film is on the ice.
It is too slippery to walk.

 

One night we were hunting polar lights in Grøtfjord, Tromvik and later in Rekvik on the Island Kvaløya.
We could not return from Rekvik, because the road was too slippery.

There was no gravel.
The car just could not make the hill.
There were no people in Rekvik.
There was no cellular phone access.
No other car has passed.
Walking to Tromvik was not possible at night, because of strong winds and snow drifts.
We have spent the night in the car.
On the next morning, the snowplow arrived and towed us uphill.


Icy road near Andersdal. It is a secondary road with some gravel.

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Main road after snowfall in Tønsnes on the way to Oldevik.

 

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A private way to a house. These ways are extremely slippery.
You have no chance without spikes.




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@@Photo-Kiboko Thanks a lot for all that information, it is exactly as I thought it would be but it's nice to have it confirmed. I have been to Iceland a couple of times in the winter and always insisted on tyres with spikes when booking in advance. I'll have to see if this is possible in Norway when I organize things. I was lucky enough to be in Iceland last year when they had the strongest aurora show for ten years, if you follow the link http://www.naturalworldimaging.com/#!iceland-2015/c1l9kyou can take a look. Thank you once again for your help.

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@@Big Andy,
Wow! Great Aurora pictures from Iceland!
I cannot compete with it.

I was in January the first time in Iceland.
I travelled the ring road “clockwise”.
Iceland road condition of the ring road between Movant and Egilsstadir.

 



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I got a nice rental car with two-wheel drive, plenty of horsepower and no spikes.
The car is great for the German Autobahn but does not really fit to Iceland.
I took pictures from landscapes in a full moon night.
I parked the car in a small parking lot on the way between Akureyri and Myvatn.
The wind got stronger and stronger.
I tried to leave the parking lot.
The wind has pushed the car sideways over the parking lot.
The uncontrolled ride ended with three wheels in deep snow.
The remaining wheel was still on the ice.
Three friendly Icelanders pulled with their Jeep my car back on the road.
During the pull I could see my first polar light.
But it disappeared immediately, after my car was back on the road.

After this experience, I was more careful in remote areas.
On the following picture is the road to the Dettifoss.
There was no gravel, just ice.
Therefore, I decided not to go to Dettifoss.


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The roads to the highlands are closed.
It is not allowed to go these roads with a normal rental car.




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Some landscape pictures from Iceland.

I have arranged the tour according to the weather conditions.
Main goal of the trip were polar lights.
I spent several nights in the car around Myvatn.
There was clear sky, but no polar lights.
Maybe low energetic lights were there, but I was unable to see it.

Next attempt was in Hallomstadur, which is located south of Egilsstadir.
After waiting for about four hours a low energetic polar light appeared.
The naked eye cannot see colors, if the light is very low.
There was no green.
Instead, the sky was a little bit like fifty shades of grey.
The camera sensor is more sensitve as the eye.
One shade of grey turned into green.

 


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Iceland is located south of the polar light circle.
Therefore I travelled further north in the next night.
After six hours a polar light appeared.
But, it was very faint and close to the horizon.
The polar light circle is further north.
This was the last polar light of the trip.

I headed south.
The afternoon sun near Höfn.
This was a low effort picture.
I just stopped the car and took it out of the window.

 


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@@Big Andy: you know the spot ...

Another nice location is Skogafoss.
It is illuminated by the afternoon sun and a rainbow occurs.
I had to wait for a long time to get a picture without people.
It is a very busy place. Many busses stop here and release a larger number of people.
It was not much fun for me.

 


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Therefore, I made a second attempt on the next morning.
At 7 am the Skogafoss was iluminated by a half moon.
I need not to share the fall with other people.

 


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@@Photo-Kiboko Yes I've been to Skogafoss a few times but never after dark, that's a great night time shot that I might have a go at if I get the chance go back there again. That road really does look dangerous I wouldn't want to be on that without full winter studs. We used a 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser with studs and it looks bad for that, never mind a standard road car.

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Some photo's from my local area here in Dampier, Western Australia.

Camping at Dolphin Island Easter long weekend in March.

 

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Love the jumping Dolphin, great shot! :)

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Winter has returned to Yellowstone. It was 80 degrees F when we arrived in Gardiner Montana on Sunday.

 

Today

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Lake Yellowstone

 

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An image of Skogafoss when the sun cooperates to produce a rainbow.

 

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Unexpected Snowfall




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Snow-capped Frozen Pomegranate



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Down the Walkway








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RSPB reserve Pulborough brooks, E.Sussex. UK

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October at Crater Lake where there was already 3 feet of snow along the rim.

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Winter on the central California coast

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Two weeks ago we headed to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park to cross country ski. This has been a big snow year in the Sierras so there was still a 7-8 ft base at the 7400 ft elevation of where Montecito Sequoia Lodge is located.

 

Grant Grove

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The Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon

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Montecito Sequoia Lodge

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