Arctic Surfers

It is 3.30 pm on the Lofoten islands. The sun has set almost an hour ago and the moon rising between two snow mountains reflects its bright light onto the icy beach of Flakstad.

 Tarjei Hansen, from Tromso is looking at moon rise on the Flakstad spot after a session in the waves

Even though we are hundreds of kilometers North of the Arctic Circle , the most popular activity here is surfing . The Lofoten islands are famous worldwide for their scenic fishing villages surrounded by snow mountains, icy bays and northern lights. Although it is cod fishing that has traditionally played the dominant role in the islands’ history a local surfing scene has emerged in the little bay of Unstad, cut off from the rest of the island by mountains. Nowadays, what used to be the village school has become a surf camp welcoming adventurers and professional surfers from all around the world coming to defy the best waves of the Arctic.

 A local Lofoten based teacher enjoy the big swell coming from Iceland to spend an afternoon surfing in Unstad
 On the many peaks forming the incredible landscape of the Lofoten island
 A local surfer getting ready to enter the icy water of the arctic sea in the Lofoten island .
 A group of visitor is learning to surf on the spot of Flakstad in the lofoten islands

I traveled to the Lofoten in the winter of 2017 to work on this series. Please contact me at timfranco@gmail.com or trough my agency directly at matt@instituteartist.com.

The story is available here in a complete set on The Institute Story page.

Fisherman in the Lofoten

A couple month back as I was visiting the Lofoten islands , i had to pleasure to meet Roger, a very nice fisherman eager to share his knowledge and stories, here are a few photos from a beautiful morning spent discussing the preparation for the Cod Fishing Season near Roger's boat. I am hopping our path will cross again !

Tim Franco is available for travel and documentary assignments please contact him at timfranco@gmail.com

Northern Lights in Norway

As I was traveling in the Lofoten islands in Norway to work on a story about Arctic Surfers, I was often on the road , driving from one surfing spot to the other and back to the beautiful fishing village of Sorvagen. Every night, I could see the beautiful Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ) appearing on the sky above me. It was not part of my project but i could not resist the temptation of stopping the car and capturing those fascinating ray of green colours traveling through the beautiful star filled sky.

Tim Franco is an Asia based photographer available for commercial and editorial photography assignment in South Korea, China and South east Asia.