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

    Jan 14, 2012
    (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.

    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.

    Oozing out in the chill.

    Gather around...

    Beach stage built entirely from beach gatherings and timber

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

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

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

    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.

    Partygoers relaxing on the hillside

    The main stage

    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. :)

    Very real threat

    Meeting up at the chill out area

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

    Friendly people from Denmark on the main stage

    The sun almost dipping - as seen from the main stage

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

    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.

    Another viewpoint of the gathering

    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

    Jan 28, 2015
    Amazing shots
  3. Jermonic

    Jermonic Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 14, 2012
    Thanks, Stefan :)
  4. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2014
    Peter Campbell
    Great story and photos.
  5. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    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

    Feb 25, 2010
    Camberley, Surrey
    Wow, love these shots. Beautiful light and warm, gentle colour. What a great event :)
  7. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    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 Subscribing Member

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

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Thaks for the pictures and the story, you have an eye for a good photo!
  12. gengh

    gengh Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    Congratulations on the featured thread. I very good read, and great photos too!
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  13. Gusnyc

    Gusnyc Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    New York
    Thanks for posting those pictures Jermonic. Amazing post. Please, keep them going.
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  14. onlyablur

    onlyablur Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    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

    Jan 14, 2012
  16. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    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.
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