I spent two weeks at the end of March and the beginning of April in Lofoten a few years ago. That was in my climbing days, so I was only photographing with handheld 35 mm, but the views and the light were breathtaking. I have also been there in the summertime, and aesthetically there is no comparison. Were I to go back I would pick that time.
We had about 12 hours each day when we could climb or hike without headtorches. Golden hour lasted all day. The snow line was down at sea level - even the skerries had snow on them - but you had to climb up a ways to get really deep snow banks. Lots of frozen waterfalls and natural ice sculptures. Daytime temperatures varied a lot, depending on the weather fronts, between +5 and -20 °C. Most of the time the weather was bad for climbing (and I'm used to Scottish winters), but hiking to photograph would be fine and car-based photography easy.
If you go earlier, the days are shorter but the killer/Orca whales are around if you want to photograph them. If you're interested in the yearly fishing bonanza in the Vestfjörd it peaks is a little earlier too, although there was still plenty of landing and hanging up of fish when we were there.
South of Lofoten the snow melts earlier, but the days are longer earlier too. Further North it stays cold and dark for longer, but then you get entire mountains plastered white in foot-thick snow and rimfrost turning pink at sunset. I once did some ski-touring up round Tromsö in late February and that too was spectacular, although I'd take Lofoten as my first love.
Michael: sorry to hijack your thread.
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