Moments of Magic:
Sean Scott’s arctic adventure
Words & photos: Sean Scott
October 19, 2018
In March 2018 Sean Scott set out solo by car to explore Iceland, Greenland and Norway; countries he’d always dreamed of visiting. He traveled through some of the craziest Arctic storms imaginable and witnessed some of the world’s most incredible scenery, including the breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Here he shares some of the magic.
Disko Bay, Greenland
This place was home to the iceberg that sunk the Titanic. I passed icebergs as big as mountains and spent a day on one, taking shots. Trying to keep the water from freezing on my port as I took these split shots of small icebergs was a real challenge.
Hofn, Iceland, in between Arctic storms (long exposures at night)
One of those moments when everything comes together. It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then things just align and you find yourself looking at some of the most incredible sites in the world. It’s these moments that keep me curious and looking for the next idea; I’m always on the hunt for something new.
Glacier caves, Iceland
Walking into these glacier caves in Iceland was surreal – the combination of colors and patterns is a photographer’s dream. To me, nature is anywhere that has not been altered by humans. To see the world exactly as it has been for millions of years – that is nature.
The famous Jökulsàrlón Beach, Iceland
I was so lucky to get a break in the cloud for one of my favorite shots of the trip. When I find myself in the right place at the right time all my senses are buzzing and I feel my most alive. Whether that be on a cliff watching 10ft offshore waves crashing in perfect light, on an empty highway in the Arctic Circle – or on the beach here in Iceland, at that very moment when the cloud broke.
On the road
I get so much inspiration from hitting the road, and road-tripping around the Arctic Circle was absolutely incredible. With temperatures below -22°F, the trip not only tested my ability to travel and work in the bitter cold, but also my photography equipment.
Dodging storms and chasing the Northern Lights.
At night I constantly kept my eye on the weather. If the sky was clear there was a good chance of seeing the lights. On this night, storm after storm raged through, but it made for one hell of an adventure. When I’m at home I’m always checking the weather and ocean reports. Everything depends on the weather. I usually drop everything when Mother Nature calls.
Reine, Norway’s Lofoten Islands
I timed my trip so I’d be traveling at the tail end of winter. The days were getting longer, but snow was still prevalent. Driving through the streets of this postcard-perfect town covered in fresh snow had me stopping every 100m. It was incredibly beautiful.
This group of old fishing huts has got to be one of the most amazing places I’ve ever stayed at. I had the good fortune of being able to capture them after a fresh dumping of snow.
You know you’re in for an adventure when the North Pole is your closest destination! And what an adventure it was. It has inspired a desire to explore the world’s most extreme locations to find nature as it was intended - unaltered.
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