Mika Aberra was drawn to Lofoten for the same reason most of us are: its dramatic landscapes.
He was only there for four days, but his short stay left a lasting impression. Before his trip, the only part of Norway Mika had ever experienced was Oslo, so he was somewhat taken aback when he and his travel companion were welcomed by an aurora within seconds of their arrival.
He was determined to capture some of the drama he’d heard about, and Lofoten displayed it in full force.
They stayed in the archipelago’s iconic red cabins and explored the most southern parts of the islands, around the area of Å — which is fittingly nicknamed “the world’s end.” Sleeping only three hours a day, they spent their waking hours hiking, climbing, and capturing the beauty of Scandinavian simplicity.
The thing that struck him the most was how different all the villages could look depending on the time and day he shot them.
“I could drive through a village I’d already been to, but the second time around, a mountain could just be smothered with fog and clouds, which transformed the area into an entirely different place,” Mika explains.
The mood of each location shifted quickly and suddenly with the weather.
Between the quiet villages, towering mountains, arctic beaches, and raging winds, Mika could have stayed in Lofoten forever.
Needless to say, he’ll be back.
Mika Aberra is 23-year-old commercial photographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who focuses his work on landscapes, people, lifestyle, and storytelling.