Endless beauty, dramatic landscapes and massive fjords. Norway has been a dream of mine for many years, it finally became a reality.
I traveled to northern Norway as the final destination of a two month trip across the North Atlantic and the Arctic. The beauty of the land and the peace it evokes, had the power to energize me and renew me after weeks of exploring.
We began our road trip by driving north to Senja island. A remote location off the beaten path with no tourists or people around. There was little information of what to do at the area but we wanted to take it slow and enjoy the ride. Our first day was quite a welcoming one. We witness the most stunning alpen glow lighting the Mordor-looking peaks of the fjords and later that night, aurora shone so bright an strong, lighting the town, and the entire night sky with fast green movements that covered us all around. Definitely one of the strongest Auroras I have seen. Norway was off to a fantastic start.
The scenery was breathtaking and we had a goal: to hike the mighty Segla peak. A massive rock formation that rises 640 meters straight from the sea, nestled inside a spectacular fjord. It was a rough steep hike through the forest and countless loose rocks with a trail that seemed to be lost for periods of time.
The view was completely worth the effort and exhaustion. One of the most fantastic hikes I’ve done for sure. I just wanted to stay up there to soak it all in, but the journey down was long, dangerous and night had fallen upon us. We got lost a couple of times but made it down safe and sound, exhilarated by the experience.
The following days we drove south towards the stunning Lofoten Islands, a magnificent archipelago of fjords and mountains. A landscape photographer’s dream, the land of endless possibilities. We explored Reine and its surroundings, the beautiful white sand beaches with fantastic surreal rock formations and turquoise Caribbean looking waters. Autumn was bursting with life, with bright oranges and great sunrises. But Norway had a treat left for us.
A very unique spectacle of nature and weather: we saw three rainbows intertwined and reflecting on the water of a fjord during sunset. There were two regular rainbows but the third one was the result of the reflection of the sun in the water, creating a reflected rainbow on the water drops in the air. A fantastic, hard to repeat condition that left us with a unique shot that at the moment we didn’t even understand.
That’s the beauty of being a landscape photographer, nature keeps on surprising and you never know what to expect. Most times its not like you pictured it in your head, but some times, its even more perfect than you could’ve conceived it in your mind.
It’s that wonderful ever changing canvas that drives us and makes us do crazy things for being there, as a humbled spectator of its power.
Luis Solano Pochet
Founding Photographer & Director
“The earth has its music for those who will listen, its bright variations forever abound”
– George Santayana
Until the next adventure!
This post is dedicated to my brother JuanPa Solano and my friend Álvaro Cubero. Partners in crime and fellow travelers. Definitively Norway was a road trip to remember!