These awesome nighttime ice climbing photos were taken in January 2013 by extreme sports photographer Thomas Senf. Thomas traveled to Norway to photograph a fearless team of ice climbers tackling massive walls of ice that had been gorgeously lit using a combination of flares and spotlights. The otherworldly lighting was set up by Swiss light artist David Hedinger working with Swiss mountain sports manufacturer Mammut.

It took several hours to prepare for the shots as lamps had to be fixed in the ice using time-consuming rope constructions and connected to 500 meters of cable.

Of course, what they achieved was nothing short of spectacular. As Mammut states, “The colors, reflective ice and moving shadows created images that appear to be from another world, the world of myth and legend.”

[via My Modern Metropolis]