Sunrise & Sunset

Below are a couple of tables that show the sunrise, sunset and twilight times for late January and early February 2017.

Generally the sunrises around 9.30am although civil twilight begins over an hour earlier. This will mean getting up and to location in advance of civil twilight.

So if twilight is 08:30 and we want to be there and set up by 08:00, it might be an hours drive which means leaving at 07:00 and an alarm call of 06:30.

FRIDAY 27 January

  • Twilight Starts 08:27
  • Sunrise 09:46
  • Sunset 14:52
  • Twilight Ends 16:11

FRIDAY 3 February

  • Twilight Starts 08:05
  • Sunrise 09:15
  • Sunset 15:25
  • Twilight Ends 16:35

FRIDAY 10 February

  • Twilight Starts 07:40
  • Sunrise 08:45
  • Sunset 15:56
  • Twilight Ends 17:01


It will be cold during January and February. In 2015 the average temperature was 0.3 degrees in January and 0.8 degrees in February. The warmest and coldest days were 7.1 (Feb 9) and -9.0 (Feb 14). An extra from Cody Brown's guide...

Don’t be intimidated by Lofoten’s arctic location. It’s not that cold, really! Thanks to the warm waters of the gulf stream, the Lofoten Islands experience relatively mild winter temperatures compared with locations further inland. The typical winter average temperature for January and February is around -1 ˚C. This does not mean that the temperature doesn’t drop below this, the coldest day of 2014 in Leknes was -12 ˚C. You should be prepared for such temperatures, but it will not always be so.


The chart above also shows the maximum height the sun rises to which is generally not above 6 degrees and one of the reasons we may not want to go much beyond the 1st week in February.

The images below (which you can click on to view full screen) are an extract from Bruce Percy's eBook on Understanding Light where he briefly discusses light at different times of the day including the golden hour and twilight.