This is Ersfjordbotn… a far away land in the North of Norway.
Fairly close to the city of Tromso, this village is visited by travelers chasing the popular Northern Lights and photographers who wish to capture the magic in one of their shots. During the night, you may see this colorful phenomena dancing up in the skies. We were lucky enough to witness it on our first day driving around here. It was polar night dark and the solar activity was high. So it wasn’t only luck, but also that we met some of the most important requirements to be able to spot the Aurora Borealis.
Winter on this side of the world offers very limited daylight hours. If you travel to Ersfjordbotn during the day, you’ll enjoy landscapes of white and frozen blue, such as the one in today’s photo. Houses are covered in white, but still look cozy with warm lights shining through the frosted windows. Streams of water become solid and only the tallest trees still manage to show some of their green and brown.
But even during winter, in spite of the below zero temperatures, going outdoors is one of the favorite past times for locals and visitors around here. As Norwegians say “there is no such thing as bad weather… only bad clothing!” The village surroundings are ideal for snow hiking, as long as you have the right equipment. And if you are bold enough, dare to pack your camping gear! Make sure you have a tent resistant to below zero temperatures and a sleeping bag that will allow you to stay warm during the night. Find a spot in the wilderness to spend the night and wait for the Aurora to come shine bright upon you. It is a marvelous show. Natural and spectacular… and we should all be able to enjoy it at least once in our lifetimes.
It’s all frozen. And it’s all beautiful!