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The landscapes of Lofoten have been an inspiration to me since my first visit to the Islands almost 15 years ago as a young backpacker spending a summer in Scandinavia. I’m not sure why, but it took me several more years before I made my first steps into exploring the Islands in winter. It was then, that I discovered a truly magical side of Lofoten.

If only there had been a winter guide to Lofoten in those days, I would have saved myself many days of trial and error, with unrealistic expectations of what I thought winter on Lofoten to be. I had seen pictures of snow covered mountains rising from the sea and skies full of northern lights. But as returned at different times during the following winter I learned what could be expected, the light, and what was beyond my control, the weather.

And so I decided to write Seasons On Lofoten – Winter; where photographic inspiration is merged with practical travel advice in the first guide which brings understanding to the unique seasonal aspects of photographing the arctic winter.

Nine years after the release of the 1st edition of this ebook in January 2015, the 5th edition is now available, featuring an updated destination guide to 40 of Lofoten’s most photographic locations and easy navigation via a custom Google map. With over 50 new pages and images added, the 5th edition is a 342 page guide to everything about Lofoten winter photography and travel.

Seasons On Lofoten: Winter



Seasons On Lofoten – Winter is an introductory photography and travel guide focused solely on the unique nature of winter on the Lofoten Islands. More than just a location guide, this ebook is written from my years of experience photographing the Islands under the changeable conditions of the arctic circle. While no two winters are ever the same on Lofoten, this book provides you with an overview of what to expect while planning your trip.

Fifth edition, January 2024

PDF download, 342 pages, 330 images, 40 location maps

PRICE: $21

(+VAT in EU)


Winter At A Glance

An introductory overview of what to expect during the winter months on Lofoten. This is the chapter to read before you have bought your plane tickets and are not quite sure if you want to visit in January or March.

Travel Planning

The practical information for planning your trip to Lofoten. What’s the best way to get there? Where on the Islands should you stay and for how long. How scary is it to drive in winter.

Equipping Yourself

Camera gear and clothing: What you need to have in your bags to keep yourself warm and dry while focusing on your photography.

Winter Light

This chapter looks at the unique winter light present on Lofoten as the days and weeks of winter pass.

The Landscapes Of Winter

Photographic examples and descriptions of the various winter conditions you can expect to find once you reach Lofoten.

Northern Lights

An introduction to shooting the northern lights on Lofoten. A map and descriptive guide to some of Lofoten’s best northern lights locations as well as some basic camera tips if shooting the aurora for the first time.

Winter Hiking

You are thinking about leaving the road and heading up into the beautiful frozen mountains that surround you. This chapter focuses on the basic knowledge and experience you should have to keep yourself safe while exploring the wild side of Lofoten.

Destination Guide

A new destination guide to 40 locations across lofoten with maps, portfolio, clickable GPS links, and custom Google map to navigate you to the nearest parking spot and best vantage points.

Winter Gallery

A 60 image portfolio serving as a visual guide to some of Lofoten’s most scenic views.

Helpful Links

A collection of the best online resources to help you plan your trip.


The Risk Is On Me

While I think this ebook is perhaps the next best thing to having your own personal travel on the Islands, it’s not up for me to decide. If, in the unlikely situation, you are not 100% satisfied with this product, I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. No questions asked.

Spread The Word

If you like what you’ve found here at Distant North, please spread the word to your friends, family, grandma, Facebook, Twitter, wherever. No one pays me any money to do this, it is solely about sharing my enthusiasm for Lofoten with you. It is only with your support that I can continue keep this site running. Thanks, Danke, Takk, Merci, Gracias, Dziekuje…

Seasons On Lofoten: Winter