My name is Odd-Petter. I’m a photographer based in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway. I’m 47 years old, and I started photography as a hobby in late 2014. I found a friend here in Kabelvåg who had the same addiction to the northern lights and landscape as I do. We went from Svolvær to Reine in the west of Lofoten almost every night from October 2014 until the end of 2015. It was very strange to drive in Lofoten to hunt our lady Aurora, but with no tourism attached to it. Towards the end of December 2015 I went to Svinøya Rorbuer to ask if they needed a guide to drive guests around hunting for the northern lights. This began my journey as a tour guide photographer.
In December 2015 – in fact, more specifically, on the 29th – I started my own business. Today my brand is Discover Lofoten. In order to start this business and comply with all the rules and regulations surrounding businesses in the tourism industry I had to get all the necessary permits from the government. Trust me, that was hard work and very expensive, even by Norwegian standards. I’m proud to say that I did it, and today I am known as “The Aurora Jager” here in Lofoten and around the world. “The jäger” translates as “the hunter!”
In the beginning of 2016 a tourist company called ‘Il Diamante’ came to the Lofoten Islands from Italy. They contacted me and asked for help. They wanted to know where they could find the northern lights. Normally this kind of group tourism operator never uses a local guide or photographer when they are in various different places. I told them over phone that I don’t know where or when we could find the northern lights, but I offered my service to them for a trial. They took my offer and for the first three years we had bad weather and snowstorms here in Svolvær. They did not want to get out. I told them that we could try different places in Lofoten to see if we could find better weather. We went out hunting other locations, and I succeeded in finding the aurora for them on all tours from 2015 up today, except for 2 nights. We always recommend tourist to book us more than 1 night and, book the first night here so they have the best chance to see the best northern lights.(more…)