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N 99 B 1.7K C 34 E Jan 23, 2024 F Jan 28, 2024
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Moskenes Municipality, Lofoten, Norway

Just got back from a winter holiday break to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a three centre tour covering Tromsø, Narvik and Svolvær with a little photography tour bolted on to reach Hamnøy and Reine for good measure.

Wow… how can I describe Norway in just a few words! As a tourist it’s one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited, especially in winter with blanket snow. As a photographer – “the land of a thousand missed images” would be an honest description not that I am disappointed in any way.

Firstly, I had no idea that Tromsø is a little island nestled between the mainland and much bigger islands and that the Lofoten islands are more fragmented than I realised. The only main road that connects these islands is the E10, which is a two-lane road engineered with upmost efficiency that maximum clearances between a large articulated lorry and a coach wing-mirror to wing-mirror is less than 12 inches! Not that this is tight, it’s simply a case that the Norwegians are better drivers than us and respect the conditions and other road users more – fact!

That’s enough of an introduction for now, so here’s my first upload – the cliché image of Hamnøy taken from the only viewpoint to be had on the E10 bridge with not enough room to use a tripod I might add.

Tags:   Norway Lofoten Hamnøy fishing village Moskenesveien E10 Moskenes Municipality Nordland landscape photography seascapes mountains Andy Rouse andyrousephotography Canon 5D Canon 5D3 Canon 5Dmkiii EOS EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

N 466 B 13.4K C 61 E Jan 23, 2024 F Jan 30, 2024
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Rambergstranda Beach, Ramberg, Lofoten, Norway

Our tour only went as far as Svolvær and I wanted to travel as far down the islands as possible. Luckily, we had a free day in our itinerary and found a “Southern Lofoten Islands Photography tour” via GetYourGuide.com. Perfect I thought… we were the last pick-up hotel and our group consisted of 7 Singaporeans, 5 from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tripod-Carrier and little old me.

If this was an organised “photography” tour I’d have happily run naked into the sea in excitement, but considering I was the only one with a DSLR and tripod I had my doubts! The rest of group… smartphones and the odd selfie stick. To be far, the tour did take us to the well-known honey-pot locations, which I am grateful for – every location is a bloody long drive!

Our second stop was Rambergstranda beach with snow cover right up to the sandy beach. We were only given 20 mins here and apart from myself, Tripod-Carrier and the tour guide, nobody else ventured beyond the car park and onto the beach. Looking for an interesting foreground I came across this little red hut… I can only assume it’s a fishing hut. I grabbed a few images as I approached but wanted a shot higher up so I clambered up the snow-covered dunes for a better vantage point only to discover a “proper” tog tour already encamped at the top.

I did enquire to see if this was the tour I “should” have been on, but alas it was a private tour and the tour name nothing like the one I had booked! Nevertheless, not wanting to miss the shot I grabbed a couple of images right next to the tripod that was dead central and square on to the hut… curses, not quite perfect!

Tags:   Norway Lofoten Rambergstranda Beach Ramberg E10 Flakstadøya landscape photography seascapes mountains fishing hut red hut Andy Rouse andyrousephotography Canon 5D Canon 5D3 Canon 5Dmkiii EOS EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

N 75 B 1.6K C 20 E Jan 23, 2024 F Feb 1, 2024
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Laukvik, Lofoten, Norway

It had been a long day on the photography tour when we returned to our hotel in Svolvær at 16:30pm. We were booked on the Aurora hunting tour that evening and was fully expecting a midnight return at the very least. However, we were met at the hotel by our tour guide – Jan.

“I’m afraid our driver is close to his allocated daily hours so the tour has to be cut short. The evening meal is now at 18:00pm and the coach leaves at 19:00pm”

What transpired was that the drive took 45 minutes each way, leaving only 30 minutes to spot any activity in the night sky. We drove north from Svolvær to a place called Laukvik – a fishing village in the Vågan Municipality in Nordland county. Needless to say, we saw nothing and I struggled like hell to capture anything as I’ve not much experience in focusing in near darkness… doesn’t bode well for future attempts!

Anyway, here’s one I did manage to focus and capture, including a few stars. I think the main cluster is Orion… let me know if I’m wrong.

Tags:   Norway Lofoten Laukvik fishing village Austvågøya landscape photography night photography aurora aurora borealis northern lights stars constellations seascapes mountains night shoot Andy Rouse andyrousephotography Canon 5D Canon 5D3 Canon 5Dmkiii EOS EF17-40mm f/4L USM

N 56 B 1.4K C 13 E Jan 23, 2024 F Feb 3, 2024
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Flakstad, Nordland, Lofoten, Norway

This was our first stop-off on the photography tour. Since the car/coach park is right next to the entrance and our minibus stopped right next to it, this limits compositions somewhat. Still, work with what’s in front of you.

Note to anyone… the better shot is from the E10 main road with the mountains in the background. It looked great as we drove past it on the return trip!!!

Not much more to say apart from the Wikipedia extract…

Flakstad Church (Norwegian: Flakstad kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Flakstad Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Flakstad. It is the church for the Flakstad parish which is part of the Lofoten prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The red, wooden church was built in a cruciform style in 1780. The church seats about 300 people. It is the millennium site for Flakstad Municipality.

The long, low church building is a cog-jointed construction using timbers clad externally with red-painted wooden panelling, as was usual at the end of the eighteenth century. The small-paned windows have white frames. The roof is covered with tiles and a ridge turret with an onion dome and spire crowns the intersection of the cross arms.

History
Flakstad Church was first mentioned in existing written sources in 1430, but it was likely built before that time. The church has a limestone baptismal font that dates back to 1250–1300, which suggests that the church may have been built in the second half of the 13th century. The medieval building was a timber-framed cruciform design, but had no tower. The old building was destroyed by a storm around the year 1780. Shortly afterwards, a new church was built in approximately the same site using timber from Russia. The new building seats about 300 people. One of chandeliers in the new church also came from Russia. Several of the items from the old church including two chandeliers and the altar table were taken from the old church and put into the new church. The new church had a tower on the roof about the central part of the building. The tower has a small onion dome on top.

In 1814, this church served as an election church (Norwegian: valgkirke). Together with more than 300 other parish churches across Norway, it was a polling station for elections to the 1814 Norwegian Constituent Assembly which wrote the Constitution of Norway. This was Norway's first national elections. Each church parish was a constituency that elected people called "electors" who later met together in each county to elect the representatives for the assembly that was to meet in Eidsvoll later that year.

Tags:   Norway Flakstad church Nordland Sør-Hålogaland architecture architecture photography Andy Rouse andyrousephotography Canon 5D Canon 5D3 Canon 5Dmkiii EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

N 75 B 1.5K C 21 E Jan 24, 2024 F Feb 6, 2024
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Svolvær, Nordland, Austvågøya, Lofoten, Norway

We booked this holiday way before the series “Race Across the World” aired. The final destination was Tromsø, at the top of the cable car station overlooking the city. That’s as much research as I did (Mrs R did a lot more!). As this was an organised tour, I didn’t want to disappoint myself with locations and photo-shoots that I couldn’t visit but rather happy to go with the flow and see what transpires.

What surprised and impressed me the most was the little towns we stayed at along the route… namely Narvik and Svolvær. These are beautiful places to stay and the hotel standards… five stars in my book, but that probably reflects the high standard of living in Norway and is the norm. After the photography tour we had a free morning to wander around the town before heading north to catch the fast ferry back to Tromsø.

Tags:   Norway Svolvær Austvågøya Nordland Lofoten town fishing village tourists tourism harbour mountains snow snowscapes Andy Rouse andyrousephotography Canon 5D Canon 5D3 Canon 5Dmkiii EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM


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