8400 kilometers by car, many kilometers on foot in wild nature. Swamps, sand, stones or snow underfoot. Wind, cold, rain, heat, tons of sweat and sometimes wonderful midnight sunset. Tuna for lunch and for dinner as well. Simply one month in the north in a good company and with camera swinging on the shoulder.
Main valley which leads from Spiterstulen hut into the heart of Jotunheimen National park. You can follow trails leading into both left and right valleys depicted in this shot. Up there everything was still covered in snow.
Best campsite ever
Our campsite (visible below the snow on the right side) with view over river Storåe towards Gjendebu. Strong wind made setting our tents quite hard but some effort was worth the view.
Land of giants
Cold evening in the highest mountains of Norway. We built our campsite in the middle of nowhere purposely on higher spot with nice view. This way once I got out of the tent I could immediately take shots as I already was on fabulous place.
Mountains over Gjendebu
Knutsholstinden and Mesmogtinden in last light around 10 p.m. Lake in the foreground is called Hellertjønne and the valley behind it leads to famous Gjendebu hut.
It was cold wind blowing that evening but I stayed looking for best views around our campsite in the heart of mountains. Waters of Langvatnet nicely reflected the brigth part of sky which seemed interesting enough to me to capture.
Clouds were moving fast and scenery changed in every minute. Sun shone only on the distant mountains and the rest of land stayed in cold shadow. Shot from viewpoint Dalsnibba, stitched from 8 original shots.
Lake Djupvatnet lies just 1000 meters above sea level but this year lakes remained frozen even at this altitude. Colors were exceptionally bright and vivid which prepared this shot stitched from 6 original images.
Walking in Trolls mountains of Reinheimen to the tallest vertical rock face in Europe Trollveggen we hiked along this small cold lagoon. Its color seemed so exceptional in the land of snow and stone. I tried to remember it to reproduce it accuratelly later on pc.
Even when the best part of this sunset was over the scenery stayed dreamy. It was not hard to imagine some troll walking down the mountains. View over Alnesvatnet lake to Bispen and Trollstigen road. 4 vertical stitched images.
I called this image after Norse mythology twilight of the gods as it was the best sunset I experienced in Norway. When mountains (specifically those on the right side of this picture) turned red I knew there is limited time to get to better location than was our campsite. We left our things on the spot and drove to higher place with view to Bispen and Kongen mountains.
Mountains close to famous Trollstigen on the way to our camping site. Sky was nicely colorful and river added some foreground interest. 5 vertical stitched images.
Main Lofoten islands one after another. At midnight colors started to get more appealing and distant islands slightly faded away.
Vassdalsvikka peninsula where we set up our tents offers nice view towards Reine. By the time we were enjoying our dinner, sun almost hid behind nearby mountains and only remaining soft light painted the cliffs.
In spring, Lofoten islands are covered in dried cods. Later you may encounter even more decadent scenery as only heads are left - probably for seagulls or simply to rot.
Red fishermans houses in Reine and warm evening sun. Resting after hiking can not be more pleasant.
Sunset on Lofoten islands in summer lasts for hours. It actually never ends - it just transforms into sunrise. View towards Kjerkfjorden and Helvetestinden over fisherman village of Reine.
If you decide to visit Horseid beach you can choose an easier path from Kjerkfjorden or an harder one crossing Fageråskaret pass. The latter one will lead you 500 vertical meters up and straight away down and will reward you with wonderful views if you are lucky enough to experience good weather.
Path from Selfjord to Markan leads along Fageråvatnet lake. It offers nice views towards near Lofoten summits but is occupied by tons of mosquitoes in summer. 5 vertical shots.
Lofoten island are probably not famous for its beaches but these seem to be one of the best places to visit. If you decide to overnight there, you will probably experience heavy winds as it is usually windy at night. However in the morning you are rewarded with one of the best wakeups one can imagine.
Rivers in Rago national park create pure wild scenery and steep rocky hills allow you to see it all from above. Tjønnmoa meander on the river Nordfjordelva as seen from way to Litlverivassfossen.
All from Rago
Rocky hills, forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and waterfalls, that is what is Rago about. Shot taken near highest waterfall Litlverivassfossen. You cas see small bridge crossing it close to the lake on the right side.
Storskogvatnet midnight sun
Staying at self-service Storskogvasshytta for night in the middle of Rago national park allowed me to shoot colorful sunset over Storskogvatnet lake. It was almost midnight when I took this photo as Rago lies beyond the Arctic Circle.
Landscape in Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park during ascent to Snøhetta summit. Due to recent rains this hike ended early at some uncrossable river. Still it was an unordinary experience.
First and last sunset seen in Rondane mountains. Next morning our tent was trapped in heavy rain and there were no mountais visible at all.