MAGICAL NORWAY explores the incredible landscapes of Norway.
This was a six year long project and showcases my best moments from some of Norway’s most famous nature attractions. From the beautiful fjords to breathtaking views from spectacular and high mountain peaks. I have also included sequences with the aurora and milky way to show how incredibly beautiful this landscape can be at night.
THE MILKY WAY OVER GALDHØPIGGEN
The most memorable experience was when I spent the night above 2000 meters above sea level to capture the Milky Way over Norway’s highest mountain Galdhøpiggen 2469 m (01:12). At such high altitude, I felt fairly exposed for rapid weather changes, so I had to really step out of my comfort zone and overcome a bit of fear to capture this sequence. I had a hypothesis that the higher you go and the colder it gets, the Milky Way would appear much brighter and clearer. I found this to be true. I’ve never seen the Milky Way like this before. This night is definetely a memory that will stay in my mind forever.
As a big bonus for me, this shot went so viral on the internett, that it was picked up by the media and featured in the News-NRK Dagsrevyen 30.01.2018.
A real challenge while creating this video was to capture this incredible landscape in the best light I could find. Very often, I returned without any images at all. The water reflection sequences were particularly difficult to capture, as a gentle breeze would be enough to completely ruin the mirror surfaced water. To overcome this, I really had to be patient. I had to visit and revisit many of the locations in this video, and after a long wait, the luck factor was definitely on my side. To fullfill my dream, I also had to climb mountains in freezing temperatures at night to capture sunrises from high alpine enviroments.
Despite Norway’s beautiful landscapes, this enviroment can be incredibly harsh and hostile also. As a consequence of this, some seqences were very challenging to capture. While capturing one of the best and strongest Aurora displays I’ve ever seen at the famous viewing point Trollstigen(end sequence 03:16), this night ended with my worst photographic experience ever! Sadly it was not only the Aurora that was strong that night. The wind was very strong as well. Even though I had placed my cameras in shelter behind a 2 meter high concrete wall, a gale wind came out of nowhere and tipped both of my tripods and smashed my Canon 5d Mk4/Canon 35 f/1.4 MK ii and Canon 6d/Samyang 24 f/1.4 in the concrete floor. Nearly all of my best low light equipment were instantly destroyed. As I had lost my best low light equipment, I couldn't continue to shoot the incredible light show that lastet for several hours either. I strongly suggest not to underestimate the weather conditions in the Norwegian mountains after this tragic event.
Despite this tragic event I’m thrilled to have experienced these gifts of nature trough all my journeys. Thank You for watching my video. I really hope you like it. Feel free to share.
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