Up North and Under the Lights

Years ago I visited beautiful Oslo, Norway. I remember locals telling me I needed to experience the fjords up north. ‘Up North’ resonated in my mind for years, and Arctic Norway made its way to my list of travel destinations.

This year my wife and I decided to check this place off our list. To be exact, we ventured to the Lofoten Archipelago, which lies above the 68-degree parallel and within the Arctic Circle.

In November, in winter, when the days are short and the nights rule.

Why visit remote Norway in the winter? It’s the most accessible place within the Arctic Circle to view the Northern Lights, but there’s no guarantee you’ll see them.

It could be cloudy, stormy, or, the aurora borealis could simply ‘no show.’ Guides will tell you there are no guarantees, and you shouldn’t go to Lofoten expecting to see the Northern Lights. If you see them, consider it a bonus.

We decided to go for it anyway. Even if we didn’t see the Northern Lights, we’d still experience rugged and dramatic landscapes where mountains literally rise out of the sea, not to mention undisturbed land dotted with small coastal fishing towns.


We traveled through Lofoten to our destination and home base for the week.

We stayed in a small cabin that overlooked the village of Sund.

We chopped wood and kept a fire going, always staying warm.

Keep the embers burning in KÜHL Scandinavian Vest

Stay warm and cozy in the KÜHL Adriana 1/2 Zip

We visited Reine.

We visited picturesque Hamnoy with red Rorbuer (fishermen cabins) on the rocky shores.

We made our way to the top of Reinebringen.

We saw signs of moose but no evidence.

We saw endless bays of calm seas.

Venture out in the KÜHL Spyfire Parka

Oh, and we witnessed Aurora Borealis give an outstanding performance in the dark Arctic skies.

Guarantees in life are few, but when you embark wholeheartedly on adventure, you’re guaranteed to find your light.

Light the way in the KÜHL Firefly Hoody


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Layers are essential for staying warm and dry in Arctic conditions. As a base layer, Kenyon chose the Downhill Racr. Merino wool is naturally wicking and odor resistant, making it one of nature’s ideal performance materials. As a mid-layer, the technically advanced ALFPACA™ fleece of the Scandinavian Vest creates air pockets that trap air and retain body heat for outstanding warmth without weight.  Engineered for high aerobic activities, the Firefly Hoody features flexible PRIMALOFT GOLD ACTIVE™ insulation that moves with you. With superb warmth-to-weight ratio and continued insulation when wet, the Firefly Hoody is an excellent choice for a lightweight outer layer.

Michelle stayed warm and cozy in the Adriana 1/2 Zip and the full-length Spyfire Parka.

Kenyon Virchow

Kenyon Virchow has a love for photography and his home state of Utah. His dad introduced him to photography at a very early age, teaching him basics with his Voigtlander Bessamatic (purchased in Germany 1962). Kenyon’s first real camera was a Minolta x370 SLR he received at 14. He took photography classes in high school and learned film development, exposure and composition. Kenyon’s fond memories adventuring with his friends while growing up in Utah continue to this day. He now lives in the foothills of Lone Peak Wilderness mountain range.