Norway: Trollstigen

I still have lots to share from our trip to Norway!  I wanted to include the renowned Trollstigen (you can hardly visit the region without seeing this iconic zigzag road), but the harsh lighting kept my photos out of “wow” territory.

There’s no real entertaining photostory here, but we did discover a detour from the standard tourist fare.  I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.

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Biweekly Wow: Scenes of Norway

This is going to be a quick post this week.  As mentioned on Monday, I’m working on some big things for my site behind the scenes, so I’m taking it easy on the blogging.  Instead, I’ll leave you with just a few images from Norway.

I couldn’t quite decide on which “wow” picture to share this week, so you get two scenes.

Sun setting over a still lake surrounded by snow-speckled hills in Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

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The Kjenndalen glacier from the rock wall that rises right next to the glacier proper | LotsaSmiles Photography

Photostory: Discovering Norway’s Kjenndalen Glacier

Every day in Norway brought yet another magnificent wonder.  Just when we thought we had reached the ultimate level of amazement, Norway ratcheted it up another impossible level.

See this stunning waterfall?  Now feast your eyes on this!  Think this view is beautiful?  Wait till you get a load of this!

Kjenndalen from a distance, the sun illuminating just the highest points of the snow-capped wall beyond | LotsaSmiles Photography

And this was before we discovered the glaciers.

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Biweekly Wow: Norwegian Ice Tunnels

Exploring Norway is a new scenic wonder around every corner.  Just when we thought we had been wow’d enough for one day, something else fell across our path that renewed the amazement.  This particular day, we had already visited an adorable church and hiked a spectacular glacier (that story’s coming soon!).  We were merely on our way to another beautiful campsite for the evening.

But the landscape wanted to hold us tight, to seduce us into staying out later to soak in the natural wonders.  We were surrounded by eye candy; it’s a shock we ever slept.  How could the inside of a familiar tent ever compare to Mother Nature’s endless artwork all around us for miles in every direction?

An evening view of a Norwegian road winding through the valley | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Norway: Ascending Brekkefossen

Norway is known for it’s countless fjords, each meticulously carved by waterfalls and glacier melt. Most of these fjords are embraced by towering arms of land, rising up from the seawater in steep ridges and sharp cliffs. So it’s no wonder that most of the hikes will send adventurous hikers up thousands of feet over minimal horizontal distances.

Aaron and I don’t mind a strenuous hike here and there, but I’m all about the photos. Too much huffing and puffing, and I don’t get as much photography in. Therefore, we tend to prefer moderate hikes with wonderful scenic opportunities – much like this one.
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Biweekly Wow: Norway’s Pristine Beauty

There’s something truly stunning about places above the 60th parallel.  It’s much cooler there (usually), and frozen landscapes make for some of my favorite photography.  How could you not love the perfect white beautifully contrasting the deep blues and bright oranges?  Besides, I’m something of a sucker for snow; it transforms a scene into a magical wonderland.

Snowy lake reflecting the frozen landscape in Norway, in monochrome | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Photostory: Seagull Attack at Kyrping

We saw plenty of fauna in Norway (though certainly not as much as in Costa Rica).  And while the species didn’t really surprise us, their behaviors did.  We passed lounging yaks, curious goats, and baying sheep (were we in Norway or Scotland?).  And I was attacked by a seagull.

A seagull attacking another on a rocky island in Kyrping, Norway | LotsaSmiles Photography

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Jumping Through Norway

Aaron really is a good sport.  I’m always behind the camera, so he is inevitably my stalwart model.  Most of what I take of him are candids – “no, just stay right where you are and ignore me!” “walk forward… keep walking…” – but sometimes I have him pose.  And I quickly discovered he’s quite good at jumping.

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