Fjords of Norway

by jonnywhitlam

Nærøyfjorden, Norway

I’d wanted to visit the fjords of Norway ever since I first read about them in Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ a few years ago. Going to Bergen and doing the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour, whilst expensive, was entirely worth it. It’s a whole-day tour, but you’re not stuck in a massive group, it’s basically just a collection of train tickets, you’re largely left to your own devices.

I guess the pictures can speak for themselves.

Exploring Sognefjorden by ferry.

Floating down the fjord.

The water is so calm it creates these great reflections.

The spectacular views certainly made the trip worth it.

It’s worth noting that every Norwegian I met insisted that the brilliant weather was uncharacteristic for September, and that I was incredibly lucky to get photos like this. On the whole I found shooting to be relatively trouble-free, the boat was calm and the views were so great it was hard to do a bad job really. One of the most interesting things was pretty much ditching the rule of thirds – to really capture the reflections I found that the best thing to do was line them up right in the middle, camera as horizontal as possible, and then try to find a decent focal point on the horizon. There were often small villages or interesting geographic features that really helped out with this.

One of the most scenic places to live in the world. I guess we can’t all live in a UNESCO World Heritage site.

I tried to create a focal point here where the land meets the water in the centre.

However the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ includes more than just a boat ride. The fantastic Flåm railway, between Myrdal and Flåm is a stunning ride down a 1/18 gradient line, through 20 tunnels, 18 of which were dug by hand.

The train offers great views down the valley to the tiny village of Flåm.

The train winds it way down this fantastic valley.

Two trains pass between Myrdal and Flåm.

The whole day was absolutely fantastic, and while the cost is steep, the entertainment is there in abundance. That said the city of Bergen itself is full of great views, especially if you enjoy hiking. The Bergen experience is fairly typical of Scandinavia – very expensive, but worth every Kroner.