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Lofoten is looking crazy beautiful right now

Drop everything you’re doing and gaze slack-jawed at these images from one of the most stunning places on Earth.

Published 17 March 2017

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Forbes contributor Peter Lane Taylor recently named Norway one of the best destinations for travel photography in 2017, highlighting Lofoten as one of his top picks for snapping gorgeous shots.

“Don’t miss the Lofoten Islands in Norway’s far north Arctic Circle where you’ll find some of the best northern lights (aurora borealis) in the world in winter”, Taylor writes.

“In summer the sun barely sets and the ‘magic hour’ lasts all night.”

And you know what? He’s absolutely right. Just look at this video by Norwegian time-lapse photographer Nikolai Walther Wilhelmsen.

 

Recent weeks have seen a seemingly never-ending procession of amazing photos coming out of Lofoten, with the tip of the iceberg being this photo of a wedding proposal heard (well, seen) around the world.

Australian photographer couple Dale Sharpe and Karlie Russell have been chasing northern lights together for years. On a recent trip to Lofoten, Sharpe was finally ready to get down on one knee. Or, to be fair, he had actually been ready nine months earlier, but Russell had accidentally thrown out the moisturizer bottle where Sharpe had hidden the ring.

After having saved up for a new ring, standing underneath the northern lights in Lofoten, he decided to pop the question in front of the camera – while telling Russell he just wanted to take a selfie. As Sharpe tells Daily Mail Australia:

“It was the most amazing display of colour in the Aurora that we’ve ever seen. I wanted to take full opportunity and make it happen at its absolute best. The moment was right, it felt good, so why not.”

Meanwhile, other spots in Lofoten have also been looking their best, even without the addition of true love in the foreground. Just check out these epic landscape shots by Dutch photographer Max Rive.

Or this amazing icy shot by Berlin-based photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj.

If you’d like some colour to go with your Arctic frosting, Lofoten also has some great houses, like in these shots by Norwegian photographer Even Tryggstrand.

Sakrisøy, Lofoten. I've heard that the Fish burger at this Location is worth a visit Alone.!

Et innlegg delt av Even Tryggstrand (@eventyr)

Ramberg, @lofoten .A little piece of Norway.

Et innlegg delt av Even Tryggstrand (@eventyr)

Oh, and those northern lights are not exclusive to wedding proposals. Here’s a shot courtesy of Norwegian Kim Jenssen.

More amazing Lofoten photography? Check out the #lofoten tag on Instagram. Pull up a chair. You’ll be a while.

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