A place where the landscape openly tells stories of giants, nature spirits, and epic myths of a scale matched only by the mountains and fjords.
Everything in Norway feels designed by the gods themselves to make you feel mortal, more in a beautiful way than existential dread. The mountains and fjords so vast that they look like they were cut from the earth by the spear of Odin himself. The coastline so rugged it seems the earth is carved into the sea, Norway is grand and glorious in every sense.
Juxtaposing this natural extravagance with sophisticated cities, quaint villages, and some of the nicest people in Europe and you're in for a real adventure. Then, of course, there's the northern lights of the North! Whether by car, sea or train there is no best way to explore Norway, once you make sure you start exploring.
01 Explore Northern Norway
There's a certain feeling of mystery and wonder that can only be felt in the far north. Visit Tromso to experience the awe of the northern lights, and the architecture of the most northerly city in the world. Be warned, the climite is subarctic, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C to 10°C. The sun shines for about four hours per day during December and January, which is perfect for photographing the Northern lights. This region is also home to the Lofoten Islands, which are considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Top Photo Spots in Northern Norway
02 Explore Western Norway
Norwegians recently voted for the finest poem through the ages, with the winner being "Det er den draumen" ("It was a dream") by the poet Olav H.Hauge:
"It was a dream. We all carry with us this dream, that something wonderful will happen, that it must happen - that time will open, that the heart will open, that doors will open, that cliffs will be opened, that springs will well forth, that the dream will be opened, - that we one peaceful morning will glide in onto a bay we had not been aware of."
Hauge's words describe the feeling of encountering the mountains, fjords, waterfalls and coastline of western Norway. That feeling is one of awakening, awakening to the sheer inexplicable beauty of the natural world. It's not just the landscape that inspires with it's beauty, Ålesund, Bergen and Trondheim are up there with Europe's most photogenic cities.
Top Photo Spots in Western Norway
Seven Sisters Waterfalls
03 Explore Southern Norway
For photographers looking to capture the essence of Norway, Oslo is an excellent destination. With its unique architecture, stunning parks, and world-class museums and galleries, Oslo offers a wealth of opportunities for photographers to capture the beauty and culture of this incredible city. From the iconic Opera House to the charming streets of Grünerløkka, there's no shortage of subjects to photograph in Oslo. And with its vibrant nightlife and exceptional food scene, photographers can capture the essence of Scandinavian design and culture, from traditional to modern. So if you're looking for a destination that offers endless photo opportunities, look no further than Oslo, the capital and largest city in Norway.
Top Photo Spots in Southern Norway