Eric Fokke, Journalism & Photography
The Lofoten Islands, that's midnight sun and northern lights. Fish and sturdy boats. Grey/black mountains rise from the deep blue ocean high into the sky. At their feet there are small wooden fishing villages where cod dries on racks. Eagles circle above schools of herring, driven to the coast by killer whales. Otters on the rocks chew on the fish and crabs they just caught. The Norwegian archipelago the Lofoten, located above the Arctic Circle, is considered among the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. On this website photographer Eric Fokke shows why.
While the south of Norway is experiencing severe drought and in some areas people have to limit their use of water, the north of the country is particularly wet. On the Lofoten small streams have become rivers and a lot of snow has already been washed away. Breeding birds return. Like the common snipe in this photo, although some of them stay here during winter as well.