Imagine yourself on a windy island on the south coast of Norway, where the summers are long, lush and dreamy and the winters dark, cold and windy. You’ve made it to my hometown, Skudeneshavn.
I have always loved my sweet little hometown with its pretty white houses standing tall and steeped in the history of an old fishing village. Even though the winter weather can be quite rough, nothing beats the quiet summer nights when the sun slowly sets over the rooftops and leaves the town glowing in its own reflection on the calm water. The quality of the light in the Norwegian summer is truly unique!
My inspiration comes from adventuring. A night tucked in a sleeping bag, hanging from one tree to another in a hammock, gazing up at the million stars above. This is what brings me to life and reminds me of why I take photos.
Even though my love for my country stands strong, I have always had a fascination for what can be found elsewhere. I love to meet new people from diverse cultural backgrounds different from my own and to see landscapes that contrast with where I grew up. I am most fulfilled when I am able to combine these two things; travel and photography.
But there’s nothing like returning
to my home in Norway.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived in countries like England, Australia and Uganda, and have travelled to countries such as China, Rwanda and Croatia. But there’s nothing like returning to my home in Norway. It’s unique. From the way the snow-covered mountains drop straight down into the blue fjords, to how a lush green summer changes to a moody red and yellow autumn, before being replaced by a dark and mysterious winter; Norway offers so much variety in such a relatively small place, it spoils you for choice – and for incredible shots.
For me, the little seaside towns like Reine in Lofoten offer travellers the quintessentially Norwegian experience. With its small red stilt houses, its dramatic backdrop of mountains and snow through to its unique history of cod fishing. Reine is as close to postcard-Norway as you can get. Beyond the cosy towns lie majestic national parks such as Jotunheimen and Hardangervidda, with their reindeer and mountain plateau that feed the fjords like Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord. However, no matter how beautiful it is, it can be quite tricky to photograph. Patience is the key to success, as the weather inevitably keeps changing.
My hope for those who travel to Norway is to not only observe but to experience the best of what the country has to offer. And don’t forget your camera!
This little piece was written for a collaboration I did together with the camera company Nikon and travel agency Secret Escapes. If you’d like to see more of the photos captured on this trip – head over here.