Wanderlust: Norway

July 20, 2017
Lofoten Islands in Norway

Of all the Scandinavian countries, Norway stands out as the ultimate wanderlust inspiring destination. Alpine mountains, ancient glaciers and deep coastal fjords are all present in this relatively small country way up towards the Arctic circle. The dramatic landscape, surreal light and colourful townships make Norway an adventurer’s and photographer’s dream. 

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The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights, above frozen lake

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You can’t possibly mention Norway without mentioning the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Beautiful swirling dashes of color and the curtains of light make for an awe-inspiring experience, as well as a prime opportunity for amazing pictures. A big query for photographers is how to photograph the Aurora Borealis properly because it’s hardly something you can capture on your iphone, but with a lot of patience and a bit of luck, you could capture a once in a lifetime image.

Cabin Porn

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The quintessential mountain cabin all but originated in Norway. Your instagram feed is saturated with these white timber cabins amongst towering mountains, but you could experience them for yourself in the Norwegian wilderness.

Oslo

Tourists exploring Oslo Opera House, Norway

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The capital city of Norway is unlike any other capital city you will come across in the Western world. The pretty sights yet compact architecture provides a lot of opportunities for photographs, such as the University and the National Theatre which demonstrate the city’s neoclassical leanings. But there is also plenty of modern architecture such as the Trafikanten Tower. The center of the city is bulging with sculptures and green parks, where you can capture the relaxing pace of the whole nation in a simple setting. The great thing about Oslo is that it is so small, you can essentially cover the whole city within the space of 4 days.

The North

To the north of the country, you tend to see the Fjords get softer and lower but this still makes for fantastic scenery. You are able to capture beautiful fishing villages on the coastlines while having the mountains provide magnificent backdrop, White-tailed eagles, as well as Arctic terns and buzzards can be seen in the North, and If you took to the sea, you might capture dolphins, sperm whales, and orca.

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