To Norway!

Tomorrow morning I take off to Norway for six weeks! I have no itinerary but my rough plan is to head north from Oslo, traveling mostly up the coastline checking out the mountains, fjords, and towns along the way. My main destination is the Lofoten Islands, a series of rugged islands with little fishing villages surrounded by towering peaks that soar straight up out of the ocean like symmetrical granite pyramids.

I am renting a car for the entire six weeks. This is kind of an idiotic thing to do in a country that has one of the most advanced public train networks in the world; however, having a car will enable me to haul around all my large format camera gear and all my camping gear.

While I’m there I plan on updating this blog with my latest adventures and stories, so be sure to check back often to see what I’m up to! In the meantime, check out all this great Norwegian (and Swedish) music, below the fold:


Kings of Convenience:

Whitest Boy Alive: (well partly Norwegian)

Royksopp:

And since I’ll be headed to Sweden too at least for a short while, here’s some Swedish tunes:

The Knife:

Little Dragon:

6 thoughts on “To Norway!

  1. Jack,

    Man, what an awesome opportunity and trip of a lifetime. Update us as often as you can! Be safe and have fun.

  2. Jack, 2 days ago I just came back home after 51 days trip around North Norway, including Lofoten and places up north… looks like for a short period of time we’ve been at the same place! 🙂 Middle June was the worst time for landscape photography, because the midniht sun was too high even in its lowest point, but I went at the end of May to get still some snow on the mountains – it was cold and for the first 14 dayse it rained every day and there were storms stronger than a tornado… now it’s fine and warm, I’ve ended the trip at 14th of July. The light will be awsome now, be sure!

    Hiring a car could be a clever thing, but I did the whole trip by walking in the mountains and hitchhiking on the road, that’s how I found many good places – by talking with the local drivers. I had 35 kg in my backpack, but thaw allowed me to stay at totally wild places with the reindeers for sometimes a week.. but for theks like these it’s worth to start and end the hike at different sides of the mountain, that would be a bit hard when you’re with a car.

    You’ll see great places and awsome people, I wish you a good Healt and good Light!

  3. And I wish you great Storms – that’s the best time for photography there, it’s not a joke! Once I’ve spent 5 days in the tent stucked by a really hard storm at the end of May – for only one hour the Light was stunning! The storm continued for a week, but at the 5-th day I was totally out of food and water, so I had to move anyway and packed my tent during the hard rain and the wind.

    I’m not sure where you will find internet at the north island, me didn’t touch a computer for 51 days, but that was a good rest, actually.

    Take care!

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