CAPTURED: Breathtaking photos of surfing under the Northern Lights inside the Arctic Circle

The surf has picked up here in North Cornwall and the temperatures are good enough to enjoy a lengthy surf and good waves, meaning many people will be heading for the beach to get some waves in. But how many of these people would you think were totally crazy if you saw them surfing in the Arctic Circle?

Northern lights on surfer’s head in the Arctics, Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 5C

There are indeed some surfers who’ve been captured in the amazing photos below who have taken to the white beaches (yes, white from snow) in Northern Norway.

 

This is an annual trip that around 1000 surfers make every year, and this year AFP photojournalist Olivier Morin went along to capture the action first hand, taking some breathtaking images of surfers in the freezing water off the Lofoten archipelago.

 

The waves at Unstad Bay are surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Scandinavia, and the world – as you will see from the pictures!

 

The gutsy surfers climb into full body suits that are between five to seven millimetres thick, accompanied with hoods, boots and gloves, so that they look like seals in the water.

 

Surfing in Lofoten means no sharks in sight, but you might spot seals and killer whales, and if with any luck you might just be fortunate enough to appreciate the wonder of the Northern Lights first hand.

If you are inspired to try surfing in warmer, less extreme conditions, why not book your School residential trips with us here at Outdoor Adventure?

 

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

 

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

 

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

Lofoten Islands, air temperature 1C, water temperature 6C

 

All images courtesy of Olivier Morin/Instagram

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