We call this image “Arctic Lava”. It was early May few years back, and the midnight sun was hovering above a 5000 yr old lava flow in western Iceland, less than one hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. We were in the region working in partnership with Iceland Tourism, exploring opportunities for backcountry skiing and adventure tourism, while investigating the development of a future national park on the Hornstrandir Peninsula – a place that could some day become Iceland and Europe’s largest protected wild area.
Camera Info: Canon 5D, 200mm, ISO 160, 1/125, f5.6
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It was just a year ago this month that we were deep into a month-long, pedal-powered backcountry skiing adventure through Arctic Norway. (You can check out one of our published stories about the trip here, or a few posts on our skiing website, here.)
We captured this image around 10:30pm in the middle of May, during what was supposed to be a rest day – just as the sun was beginning its 3-4 hour journey across the horizon. At 9pm, just before crawling into our tents for the “night”, a change in the weather inspired us to pack up camp and pedal out to the end of a mountainous peninsula where we would have unobstructed views of the midnight sun to the north for several days. By 12:30am, we were high above our seashore camp, enjoying our first of several runs under the beautiful light of the midnight sun. It wasn’t until shortly after 5am that we skied back to camp. So much for a rest day!
Thanks again to friends David Alpin Skirnisson & family, Per Arneberg, Jimmy Halvardsson, Kaj Sønnichsen, Forrest Twombly, Tom Hite, Alf & Gunnar, Asbjorn, Ulf, Tore & Anna and many others who helped to make this adventure such a unforgettable experience.