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Stetind Sunset, Norway

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Stetind, Narvik - Norway
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North of the Arctic Circle in remote Norway, Stetind (or Stetinden) towers majestically over the nearby Tysfjorden Fjord. Featuring smooth sides and a unique obelisk shaped peak, in 2002 it was voted to become the national mountain of Norway.

To kick off my second trip to Norway, in Winter of 2019 I headed straight to the beautiful Narvik region with talented photographer and good friend Russ McLean from New Zealand.

After 2 long haul flights half way across the globe followed by 2 domestic flights, we landed in Arctic Norway to a balmy temperature of -15c (plus wind chill). It was now time for a half-day drive on windy, snowy, ice covered roads in the middle of a dark Norwegian winter night before we finally arrived at the only hotel in Tysfjord. There was just one small problem, they had no record of our booking! Thankfully, we were the only guests crazy enough to be traveling through the town at that point in time so they resolved the issue very quickly and showed us to our rooms.

Later that night, after a hearty meal we headed out into the dark, wild night to find Stetind. When we arrived the peak was covered in clouds and snowing heavily so we waited at the base of the mountain for a few hours in the storm, ever hopeful that the snow would stop, the skies would suddenly clear and we would be treated to a stunning aurora display over the mountain. As it neared midnight the conditions had only worsened so we headed back to our rooms for some rest.

The next day we enjoyed a delicious Norwegian buffet breakfast then decided to head straight back to Stetind before the sunrise. The conditions hadn't changed at all overnight, it was still blowing a gale and snowing intermittently with the peak still behind thick rolling clouds. At least it was daylight now!

We spent some time exploring the area at the base of the mountain. It was all covered in thick snow so I decided the best shot was going to be in the fast-flowing stream. I put my gumboots on and waded out into the middle of the ice-cold water, taking some time to fine tune my composition.

Sunrise rolled around but sadly it was still clouded in. We could see glimpses of the peak every so often but there was no visible light from the sun or colours in the clouds. I decided to give it until midday, waiting patiently - ever hopeful that I might get a fleeting moment of colour in the sky just as the clouds parted in front of the mountain. Eventually midday rolled around but nothing had changed.

I was tempted to pull the pin at this point, give up and head back to the hotel for some lunch. I argued with myself for a while then decided to stay the course and wait patiently in the stream until sunset. Another few hours passed and just as we neared sunset it finally happened, the clouds parted, the mountain appeared and beautiful light lit up the clouds behind it. It only lasted for a matter of seconds and I had just enough time to capture this shot before the mountain disappeared again! Sunset arrived shortly afterwards and the weather took a turn for the worse.

Content that I had nailed my shot, I packed up my gear and retreated to the warmth and safety of our vehicle to defrost my fingers and toes before heading back to our base to settle in again for the night.

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