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Midnight Sun Festival 2014 (Værøy, Lofoten, Norway)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jermonic, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. Jermonic

    Jermonic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Denmark
    (Some of these photos I've already shared loosely around the forums, but I believed a coherent story was more interesting)

    I went there last summer with a good friend. Local norwegians from the psychedelic community had managed to deal with the logistics of creating a music festival on a very desolate island on the tip of the Lofoten Islands. The focus is trancemusic, ambient, chillout and other electronic influences. And alternative culture in general.

    The nature is totally magnificent, and to top it off, there was almost 100% midnight sun (only dipping below the horizon for an hour).

    I believe around 300 people attended the festival in total. It will *probably* be held again in 2016.


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    The travel from Denmark to the location took forever (15+ hours), but time spent waiting for ferry connections was used to eat fish (gifted to us by other partygoers who brought fishing equipment) and chatting with new people. In the end we made it to Bodø (pictured) - and what a place! Deliciously fresh air, and only a 4+ hours ferry ride before we're at the Destination Værøy.


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    Oozing out in the chill.


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    Gather around...

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    Beach stage built entirely from beach gatherings and timber

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    On the top of the ridge dividing the Væroy island. 250+ meters altitude.

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    But going higher was possible... vantage point @ 300+ meters in the left corner, and a guy wandering up there.

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    My buddy descending the ridge... astounding views of the small fishing/ferry village

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    Festival site with local islands and midnight sun. The old airstrip+control tower can be seen in the middle/right. It was closed some years ago because treacherous winds (fueled by mountains and the atlantic ocean) claimed the lives of pilot + passengers. I'm sure it's not a fun place in fall and winter.

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    Partygoers relaxing on the hillside

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    The main stage

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    My friend with a worldtravelling japanese girl we met. It seems from my experience that the japanese show up in even the remotest of locations. :)

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    Very real threat


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    Meeting up at the chill out area

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    The 150-200m cliffs onsite... that is the ridge I was taking photos from earlier

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    Friendly people from Denmark on the main stage

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    The sun almost dipping - as seen from the main stage

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    But it never gets around to setting for long...

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    Next day/evening looking at the whole deal from the second highest point on the island - I believe it's 300 meter. Fisheye comes in handy when having to go near dropoffs like this. Festival with ants below.

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    Another viewpoint of the gathering

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    One of my fellow travellers.

    There are more photos to be seen in the whole album here...

    (Shot with Panasonic G3 - P20 - O45 - P12-32 - S7.5)
     
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  2. StefanKruse

    StefanKruse Mu-43 Veteran

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    Stefan
    Amazing shots
     
  3. Jermonic

    Jermonic Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks, Stefan :)
     
  4. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Regular

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    Peter Campbell
    Great story and photos.
     
  5. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
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    Can't believe the lack of replies. I always liked the G3 while I had it. Great camera. You are a perfect example of why the person behind the camera is the main ingredient, not all the gear talk about what is missing from these cameras. Excellent eye and great processing.
     
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  6. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Wow, love these shots. Beautiful light and warm, gentle colour. What a great event :)
     
  7. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 7, 2015
    AMAZING pictures! That is just insane!

    I`ll try to convince my GF to join me there next time (living in Oslo Norway so it`s quite a short trip).

    I went past Verøy last fall, on my way from Lofoten to Røst. Next time I`ll take a stop in Verøy aswell.

    Btw: if you ever go up there again, you should take 1 sleepover at Reine (in my opinion)
    A picture here (not taken by me).

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  8. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
    Alan Grant
    Certainly well worth posting as a story, taken as a group these photos both convey something of the feeling of the event itself and of the surrounding landscape which is clearly different from your average summer festival! Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. lomomentum

    lomomentum Mu-43 Regular

    I enjoyed all that. Thanks for posting.
     
  10. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
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    what an amazing setting! Must have been quite the experience. :)
    Great photo set, thanks for sharing with us!
     
  11. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus Loser

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    Thaks for the pictures and the story, you have an eye for a good photo!
     
  12. gengh

    gengh Mu-43 Regular

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    Congratulations on the featured thread. I very good read, and great photos too!
     
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  13. Gusnyc

    Gusnyc Mu-43 Veteran

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    Thanks for posting those pictures Jermonic. Amazing post. Please, keep them going.
     
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  14. onlyablur

    onlyablur Mu-43 Regular

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    Hungary
    Amazing photos! and what a place to have a psychill festival! I'd love to attend next time - do they have a website or facebook page I can follow?
     
  15. Jermonic

    Jermonic Mu-43 Veteran

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  16. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Stunning photos! I've been pretty far north (mainland Alaska) and experienced the midnight sun, but it wasn't as beautiful as the "Norse" north most of the time around Fairbanks where I spent most of the week I was up there.