This Arctic Light Video Feels Impossibly Beautiful

I recently wrote about the Arctic Midnight Sun. This is what happens before that time comes: The Arctic Light. It's hard to believe that such breathtaking beauty still exists untouched on this glorious planet of ours.

The Arctic Light is a natural phenomenon that happens two to four weeks before the Midnight Sun season, as the photographer himself, Mr. TSO, explains:

The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last four years, at the exact
same time of year, to photograph.

If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller, camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence - it all provided a bit of a challenge.

This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.


It's simply incredible. If a simple video clip—even while it was perfectly photographed—can look so overwhelming, I can't begin to imagine the sensation of actually being there, standing in silence, walking around by the sea, experiencing a day like this. It must be a sensory overload.

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I hate those fucking Sweds, and their oh so perfect sky’s and their oh so perfectly reflective water.

I fucking hate their perfect compositions, and their fucking perfect colors.

The way the moss is so fucking multicolored and reflects the fucking light so perfectly, not to mention how the moss seems to fucking radiate a perfect color at the same time. How many fucking shades of brown does moss come in?

I so hate the way the mountains have the perfect ratio of snow to dirt, its so wrong!

I hate Sweds sooo much, I hate their perfectly smooth rocks, their furry boots, their sliced meats, did I mention the fucking perfect sun rise/sets? Who let these guys have DSLRs?

The perfect selection of different clouds for each and every fucking set up, I hate that.

Who can not find fault in their fucking perfect dolly moves, its just crazy!

The way the water seems to be some kind of fucking mythic spirit of wetness, trying to interact with the mythic sprit of the land, its just so fucking, wrong!