Leap Day In Lofoten

Magical Northern Lights Elopement in Wintry Norway

I recently had the pleasure of capturing a truly enchanting Leap Day elopement in the breathtaking Lofoten Islands of Norway. You’re about to go on a journey through the snowy wonderland and celestial displays and what unfolded over two unforgettable days.

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Day One – Lofoten During the Day

Day one was a whirlwind of exploration. Since Dreamé and Carson opted against getting ready or detail images, we kicked off our adventure by immersing ourselves in the nearby area, weaving through the snow-draped landscape and soaking in the charm of the vibrant fishing village. The crimson hues of the traditional fishing huts juxtaposed against the pristine white backdrop created a scene straight out of something from Frozen. The buzz of fishing season added an authentic touch to our experience as we kicked around Svolvaer village. We ended the day heading even farther out in the Lofoten archipelago where Dreamé and Carson had their symbolic ceremony on Uttakleiv strand (beach).

Day two – Northern Lights

Day two saw us venturing out into the night. As the sun dipped below the horizon, we anticipated what was arguably the highlight of the trip: witnessing the ethereal dance of the northern lights. Despite being the beginning of March, the night welcomed us with surprisingly balmy temperatures. We found a secluded spot away from the crowds, where we could bask in the splendor of the aurora borealis undisturbed. The ribbons of vibrant colors painting the night sky left us spellbound, etching memories that would last a lifetime.

When to see the northern lights in norway

For those dreaming of experiencing the northern lights in Norway, timing is key. The best time to catch this celestial spectacle is during the winter months, particularly from late September to late March, when the nights are longest and the skies are darkest. Ideally, September/October and February onward for the best weather (though it’s always changing in Lofoten!). The best place to see the Northern Lights is around Tromsø and The Lofoten Islands.

Things to know before eloping in Norway in Winter

Before embarking on your own Norwegian winter elopement adventure, there are a few things to keep in mind. From ensuring you’re adequately prepared for the chilly weather to familiarizing yourself with local customs and regulations, thorough planning is essential to ensure a seamless experience. A few cliffs notes to consider:

  • As much as Norway is prepared for winter and does a good job of maintaining roads and walkways, consider bringing micro spikes. It’s not uncommon to see them during particularly icy days.
  • A long, well-insulated coat, wool socks, gloves, scarf, and/or balaclava are needed. Even if in places like Lofoten, the temp is above freezing and you think, “I’ll be fine!” – the wind while chasing the aurora will get to you.
  • If flying to Lofoten, you’ll need to fly usually from Oslo to Bodø, then on to an airport like Svolvaer. I recommend flying in as close to your lodgings as possible in the winter.
  • If you’re eloping with a photographer, be sure to book someone who knows how to photograph the northern lights and who is versed in how to handle camera gear in cold weather (it’s me, hi).

Are the northern lights guaranteed?

The obvious answer to this is: no. Nothing is guaranteed, but there are some tips to keep in mind when the aurora borealis is a high priority. Tromsø has somewhat clearer weather than Lofoten, but is less varied in terrain. Another location to consider is Fairbanks, Alaska. Being inland, the likelihood of clear skies is higher there and during peak season (i.e. September, February/March), if you stay for 5 nights or more, your chances of seeing the northern lights jump by 90%. With all that in mind, are you ready to pack your sense of wonder and embark on an adventure of a lifetime in this Arctic paradise?


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