Ah! The midnight sun!
For a sunrise and sunset lover, the silliest place you can go in summer is the Arctic at Mid-summer, but hey - you can photograph those anytime, anywhere else!
Fieldwork took us to Kongsfjord this time. Kongsfjord lies between the villages of Berlevåg and Båtsfjord in Finnmark, and if you just head north, you'll be on the North Pole before you know it. That is - if you don't get lost in the sea fog that is the seafarer's and photographer's curse, especially in the summer months.
Having feared the elements might ruin our chances of photographing the seabirds and marine mammals from the sea, we have to recognise just how lucky we were with the weather!
We stayed at wonderful Kongsfjord Gjestehus, proudly restored by Aase to what is the best accomodation I have experienced in Northern Norway, and I've been there a lot. If home cooking with professional finesse, local ingredients and tradition is what you appreciate, carefully restorated rooms that work as galleries (and comfortable beds!) is where you want to sleep, and if proximity to an art gallery means something to you, this is your place. If you would prefer the Hilton and are a diva, please stay at home.
I have three special places on my short list of accomodation I really want to go back to. They are: No. 1: Kongsfjord Gjestehus, No. 2: Værøy Gamle Prestegaard
and No. 3: Finnholmen Brygge, Henningsvær. These are places that are tended to by people who care about you, your stay and the place they live.
At Kongsfjord Gjestehus they have a gallery with engravings by Italian artist gone North Norwegian, Claudia Casaletti who has the Kongsfjord Engraving Atelier. We couldn't resist picking down a few pictures from the walls and taking them home. (Yes - we paid ;-)).
Our boat driver was no amateur, either. An eager photographer with his own gallery, Jørn Johansen knew where to take us and was heaps of good fun.
Did I take any photographs? Yes, I did.
I was trying to sneak up on these ducks and eiders, but they took to the water too quickly.
But maybe it wasn't just me who scared them:
Body language of a disappointed member of the dog family...
These are just as shy, but still can't hold their curiosity. They kept popping up, and ducking under again. Just teasing us, of course!
We did catch a few terns feeding in a current - they are such aerial acrobats!
These gulls and young kittiwakes were fighting the elements, while backlit by the midnight sun over the Barents Sea.
Finally some colour for you...