An adventurous elopement in Lofoten Islands, Norway // Avery & Rob

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When I received Avery and Rob’s email, only a few weeks before their elopement, I think I almost died when I read: “Wedding venue: Lofoten Islands, Norway“. That little Norwegian archipelago located on the North of the Arctic Circle was one of my dream destinations for so long !

After traveling for 24 hours, 1 train, 3 flights and one night in Oslo, I’m finally arriving at the tiny airport of Svolvær. It is so small that I have to claim my baggage directly on the trolley before going to the only room of the airport, which is used as the arrivals and departures hall.

I go out. I am instantly immersed into the mood of the next few days: the silence, the icy cold wind and a yellow raking light, only warming up the heart: the temperature is -6°C. Avery & Rob are supposed to pick me up here. It’s 1:30 pm. I’m so cold. I go back into the airport. Ten minutes passes… Thirty minutes… The sun is still going down. One hour. No news from the future bride and groom.
They will finally show two hours later. What a relief !

This is the last week of February. The sun sets at around 4:30 pm. The last lights of the day are gorgeous: a mix of cold but reassuring colors. Excited, we decide to drive to the charming city of Svolvær to warm us up with a burger and a beer. What a relief (bis) !

Satisfied (and full), it’s time for us to take the road to discover our house. The little path leading to the house is full of snow, which became ice because of the arctic wind. This is a dead-end. The wooden house is in the middle of a Fjord, between the sea and the mountains. Am I dreaming ?

6 am. The alarm clock is ringing. The sun is not even here but I can feel its slow progression. It’s not black outside. It’s blue. I’m the first up, enjoying this moment of pure poetry. I’m so excited ! I want to take the road ! Today, we are going South.

No schedule, no pressure.

Last night was… Magical ! The Aurora Borealis decided to show ! It’s almost impossible to describe how you feel when you first see Northern lights. In fact, we remained speechless.

This is the D-Day ! Our companions for the day will be the road, the Fjords, the amazing landscapes of Norway, an intimate ceremony in the middle of nowhere and… The majestic northern lights, dancing and waving. Indescribable. 

It’s already our last morning. That was an extraordinary trip. The Lofoten Islands was a dream for me and I haven’t been disappointed. This little archipelago really impresses me with its quiet, wild and unique beauty.

I’ll be back, for sure.


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