Paddling Under The Light Of The Midnight Sun

It all started with an idea under the shower. A stand up paddle journey in a region of pure untouched nature and very little civilization. It needed to be a beautiful place with a particular feel, physically challenging with a touch of danger. We kept following the map north, then further north and north of that until we ended up north of Tromsø in Norway, well within the Arctic Circle. There we spied some outlying islands with no road connection, unpredictable weather and the isolation we were seeking.

Half a year later after months in the planning, lots of training in freezing rainy weather, a weekend expedition to the mountains and much equipment testing, we were finally facing the ocean and ready to taste the beauty and wilderness of the surrounding islands of Rebbenesøya, Grøtøya and Nordkvaløya.

The day was perfect. The tension built up in our bodies over the last months disappeared as we were getting our boards ready under the bright sunshine. As soon as we stood on our SUPs we felt in harmony with the sea. Silently, without a splash, our paddle blades were cutting through the wonderful crimson blue water. Action instantly erased our uncertainties. The landscape was smiling at us and we were breathing the wind of freedom. Life was good to us.

Check our blog post – Half way on our stand up paddle journey in northern Norway.
Check our blog post – Be curious. Be adventurous. Be safe.

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Jean-Luc Grossmann

Jean-Luc confesses that the spirit of adventure is strong within his soul. Jean-Luc was born in Paris and has lived for the past 32 years in Switzerland where he works as a professional photographer. His passion for people and outdoor photography and his thirst for discovery and adventure have taken him on several journeys all over the world. His favourite destinations are Greenland, the Outer-Hebrides, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Australia and Namibia.

Justin Hession

Having traveled the world for 5 years as a backpacker in the 1990’s, Justin recognized his passion for adventure. After working on charter boats in the Caribbean his travels guided him from the depths of the Amazon to the foot of Mt Everest. He has kayaked the northern Alaskan rivers and road motorbikes across Mongolia in his constant quest for outdoor experiences. With over 15 years as a professional photographer he has combined his profession with his love for adventure to push his storytelling in exciting new directions.

Karel Kukal

Karel was born in Prague and grew up in Switzerland. Besides to his travels and expeditions he works as a psychiatrist and accompanies patients on discovering their inner worlds. As a doctor in Zurich, he is part of a mobile crisis intervention team treating emergency cases in their homes. In his spare time Karel regularly retreats to the Alps, where he has trained in mountain and expedition medicine. Being a longtime lifeguard he is also a passionate water sportsman and loves to explore new and remote places.


We enjoy the creative challenge of capturing nature’s essence on film and find it nice to be part of a team instead of the singular world of freelancing back home. To illustrate and document our journey we use both photography and a drone for aerial stills and video footage. The fact of being behind and in front of the camera is unfamiliar and exciting at the same time. We always love seeing how the photos turned out.
The drone offers us a new and thrilling perspective – We think of it as a flying tripod taking a camera high in the air and revealing a bird’s eye view of the landscape. To get the right shot while on the water we have to take into account the risk of ‘on-board’ photography. One slight tilt and everything can end up in the water. We recharge our photo equipment and the drone batteries on a regular basis using 2 solar panels and a power pack.
Working as outdoor photographers in northern Norway is a gratifying and inspiring experience. The photo studio and the flashlights turn into a huge photography playground lit by the giant spotlight of the midnight sun. With 24 hours of daylight, surrounded by these incredible sceneries it is easy to forget the time. Every evening, after a long and intensive day, as our cameras return to their safe haven inside our pelican cases, we say to ourselves; ‘We love our job, this is what we live for.’

The images below are a selection of our SUP journey. Want to see more? Check our ‘selected pictures’ page :


We are connected to a wide network of editors. Our Stand Up Paddle story up in northern Norway is available in english, german, french and spanish.

Past Publications :

  • ANIMAN / 260’000 readers / Switzerland & France
  • TERRA / 40’000 readers / Germany & Switzerland
  • GLOBETROTTER / 70’000 readers / Switzerland
  • NEWLAND / 90’000 readers / Switzerland & France
  • CANOE KAYAK FR / 90’000 readers / France & french speaking countries
  • KAYAK TOURING / 175’000 readers / North America & worldwide
  • PADDLE WORLD / 90’000 readers / USA & worldwide
  • ADVENTURE KAYAK / 35’000 readers / Canada & worldwide
  • 30 DEGRES / 500’000 readers / Switzerland & France
  • PADDLER / 50’000 readers / USA & worldwide
  • SCHWARZWEISS / 7’000 readers / Germany & Switzerland
  • OUTTHERE TRAVEL / 170’000 readers / UK & Europe
  • EVENEMENT / 100’000 readers / Belgium
  • GRANDS-REPORTAGES / 680’000 readers / France
  • GREENLAND TODAY / 30’000 readers / Greenland & Denmark
  • KANU MAGAZIN / 30’000 readers / Switzerland & Germany
  • OCEAN PADDLER / 30’000 readers / UK
  • VOYAGES VOYAGES / 10’000 readers / Belgium
  • PASSE-FRONTIERES / 100’000 readers / France
  • Further publications for covers, advertising, web, calendars and newspapers


We firmly believe that working with collaborators and supporters enhances our ability to explore, document and share stories from around the world, with the world. We respect and appreciate different cultures and environments and enjoy the creative challenge of getting the right images. Journalistic freedom and integrity are amongst our core values. If you share our passion for combining photography and storytelling and would like to support our upcoming project, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Our sponsors benefit from high quality photographs and are free to use the full story and reports of our adventure. We are carrying professional photographic and filming equipment and intend to get coverage of our journey in various media channels such as magazines, newspapers, web and presentations. Our sponsors are mentioned in magazines, on this website and our social media networks.

If you would like to contribute to upcoming adventures with outdoor equipment, financial aid or need more informations about PlanetVisible please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Typical outdoor photographic and filming shots:

  • Natural product photography with landscape background
  • Sceneries: Midnight Sun, islands, seascapes, fjords, weather conditions, …
  • Drone photography and filming
  • Expedition type shots
  • How we live, what we experience, the highs and the lows, …
  • Underwater photography & half land / half water type shots


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