Monthly Archives: September 2013

Frozen in Finse

This morning I got up early and climbed to the top of a mountain near Finse, Norway. I watched the sunrise from lower down where it wasn’t snowing as much and then continued on to the summit which was pretty wild! My camera was close to frozen at this point but it got the job done 🙂

Wikipedia tells me that this is where they filmed the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back….this does not surprise me at all.

Frozen in Finse

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Sunshine in the Fjord

The weather tends to change quickly here in the Norwegian fjords, which is great for photography! Clouds come and go as they please and it’s especially beautiful when the sun rays pierce through them, diffusing glorius light over a soft palette of colour and shape….haha too much? 🙂

Sunshine in the Fjord

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The Boatsheds in Balestrand

I’ve stopped in Balestrand for a few nights and already done a little photowalk that ended up here at these wonderful little boatsheds sitting on the fjord. When I take a photo from a wharf/jetty structure like this I review the photos by zooming in super close to make sure there wasn’t too much up and down movement going on in the kitchen. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re bobbing up and down a little so it always pays to check! In this case there was some up and down movement so I cranked up the shutter speed and compensated with a higher ISO, problem solved!

The Boatsheds in Balestrand

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Drifting Through Sognefjord

I’m on a boat drifting quietly through the fjords of Norway, oh my lordie it’s beautiful out here! I don’t really have any plans over the next 4 or 5 days I’m just gonna go with the flow, stopping overnight at towns in the Sognefjord that pique my interest, which could be all of them…

Update: I left my tripod on the boat but they returned it to me the next day! Haha thanks Norway! 🙂

Drifting Through Sognefjord

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Epic Voringfossen

There are some things that just have to be seen to be believed and I think the Voringfossen waterfall is one of them. I mean just look at that thing, it’s SO EPIC! You’ll find it in Eidfjord by the way, close to the road that connects Bergen to Oslo, it’s well worth a look (just in case my all caps shouting didn’t make that obvious).

Epic Voringfossen

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Sunset Over Bergen, Norway

The hills above Bergen, Norway are great for hiking! I didn’t really know what to expect but there are lots of trails up there and the views are spectacular. I followed a fairly obvious path to begin with but as the sun began to set I went into full blown photographer mode trying to find the best sunset composition I could. I ended up going WAY off track but as I approached the EDGE OF A CLIFF things really opened up, just in time to watch the sun sneak below the clouds. Of course I had to walk an extra 4 or 5 kilometres back to my hotel but when I load the photos on to my computer later I’m always happy I made the extra effort!

Sunset over Bergen

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Drifting Through the Night

I make lots of little mistakes on my travels but in a way I kind of like it! A lot of my favourite moments happen by accident so I’ve learned to embrace an element of randomness. Which brings me here, to the side of a winding road somewhere in the Faroes. I’m on an island named Vagar, it’s getting late and my destination is further away than I thought, but man, it’s just awesome out here!

Drifting Through the Night

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Gásadalur and the Mulafossur Waterfall

Gasadalur is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been! Up until 10 years ago the only way you could get to this little village (of about 20 people) was to climb over a mountain! There’s a tunnel now but the views from the mountain path are amazing so it’s definitely worth the extra effort. What makes this secret little spot even more magical is the incredible Mulafossur waterfall that greets you on arrival, so much awesome!

Gásadalur and the Mulafossur Waterfall

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The Floating Island of Mykines

The Faroe Archipelago is full of geological wonders that I couldn’t have even imagined until I saw them with my own eyes! I got a great view of the westernmost island of Mykines while hiking to the village of Gásadalur, it looked so distinct, like it was a floating island that would have moved on if I came back the next day. Which makes me think about the flying island of Laputa from Gulliver’s Travels, love that book!

The Floating Island of Mykines

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Oh Hai There!

I stumbled upon this friendly fella while on a hike here in the Faroe Islands. We talked about cheese prices, Nash equilibriums and the state of dairy farming before going our separate ways. These things happen when you’re traveling alone in the middle of nowhere (and already a little cray-cray)…

Oh hai there

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Nolsoy Across the Sea

Surprisingly, the Faroe Islands are made up of a number of islands. One of the smaller ones is Nolsoy and it’s only a short ferry ride from the main town of Torshavn so I cruised over there yesterday to see what all the fuss is about! There’s a little community down one end and then a long walk through grasslands to a picturesque lighthouse. I’ll talk more about the hike another day but it was a memorable one and highly recommended if you happen to be over here! I took this photo of Nolsoy while on the ferry, hopefully it does justice to the gorgeous views here!

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Grass Roof Homes in the Faroe Islands

Wow I LOVE the houses here in the Faroe Islands! Especially these ones with grass roofs! There’s a whole bunch of them near the harbour in Torshavn (where I found this beauty). They’re so quaint and charming, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had grass roof homes? Yes is the answer, now if I can just work out how to get up there for a picnic…

Grass Roof Homes in the Faroe Islands

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Hello from the Faroe Islands!

I’m here in the Faroe Islands for about a week, doing what exactly you ask? I HAVE NO IDEA! Haha! Definitely a few hikes, and maybe some exploring, yes lots of exploring! Anyway I’m staying in Torshavn and the people have been super-duper nice so far! I took this photo on a little walk through the town after settling in, this is gonna be fun!

Hello from the Faroe Islands

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Lost in Landmannalaugar

I got lost a number of times on the 3 day hike from Skogar to Landmannalaugar (they don’t make it easy), but on the final day I got REALLY lost! I like to see the funny side of these things but at the time it was quite disheartening. As I was getting close to my camp for the night (only a few kilometres away!) I came upon a fork in the road with a sign pointing to ‘Landmannahellir’, I could see this wasn’t ‘Landamannalauger’ but with no sign describing the other direction I thought I’d take my chances with the similar name (seriously what’s up the names over here??).

This was the wrong decision. On return there turned out to be another, far more descriptive sign a few hundred metres in the correct direction, you might want to put that one at the first fork people! Haha wow anyway I trudged on for over 5 kilometres in the wrong direction, doubt building with each step as the weather took a turn for the worst. When I finally reached a sign that confirmed my suspicions I was truly a broken man, having to retrace my steps and add another 10 kilometres to an already huge hike was brutal! On the brightside it makes a funny story and I saw some things I wouldn’t have otherwise, including this surreal landscape not far from my original mistake.

I’m moving on to the Faroe Islands soon but I have so many more photos from Iceland that I can’t wait to share with y’all!

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Landscapes of Laugavegur

After staying the night at Alftavatn (next to the lake you can see) my hike continued across the remarkable landscapes of Laugavegur.

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