The lack of darkness in summer In the Nordic countries makes night photography difficult. Attempting astrophotography before late summer is more or less pointless. Landscape photography in general can also be problematic since the sun sets very late and rises only a few hours afterwards. If you want to use both, you wont be getting much sleep.
On the other hand if you have the time and determination you can stay up from sunset till sunrise without having to wait very long. Of course it is difficult to do without messing up your daily routine, however one or a few days shouldn’t be too difficult to do. But would Landscape photography be any fun if it was easy?
I had the opportunity to do so during midsummer solstice and it turned out to be an interesting experiment. The location I chose was a nearby hill, in fact the highest hill in the area. Not very high by any means though, as it only reaches 66 meters above the sea. But enough to give a good view of the surroundings and a clear sight of the setting and rising sun.
Even though it was in the middle of June it was still very cold and waiting for a few hours for the sunrise became a bit tedious towards the end. Mosquitoes and ticks didn’t improve the situation. Fortunately there were some interesting and friendly insects, like glowworms. As well as some other interesting things like screaming foxes and low flying storks.
When the sunrise finally came it turned out to be quite underwhelming. Nice to see the sun again but the lack of clouds above me didn’t make for any interesting photos. I made the best photos in the twilight, when there was still a weak but warm glow in the sky. The summer night is a wonderful opportunity for landscape photography but also a challenge in many ways. At least I’ve learned that the best time for getting the light I want is during twilight.