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From mountains to fjords to coastal environments, northern lights and arctic wildlife, Norway has unlimited amounts of great photography opportunities.
With these diverse and dramatic landscapes, comes narrow, winding and extremely slow roads, making for long driving times. Thus if you are planning on doing a road trip to shoot these great locations, we would recommend choosing an area and exploring it thoroughly, that is unless you have 6 weeks to soak up all of it.
The map below shows the specific locations with notes added. Further down outlines the locations with either an accompanying link or image.
A small town with breathtaking views surrounded by towering peaks.
With multiple hiking options up to the valley walls, you are able to get a grand view of Åndalsnes from a few locations.
Photo by Carl van den Boom - Åndalsnes
Dramatic mountain ridge, outlawed for base jumpers this is like no other mountain scenery. A great angle for these unique peaks is from across the valley. Take a drive up the neighboring valley and with a 20-minute walk from the road, you can be on the ridge staring at the Troll Wall.
Photo by Carl van den Boom - Trollveggen
An outstanding natural feature and something you don’t see every day as the peak of a mountain, you can capture this rock from many angles, from Åndalsnes looking up the valley, or our favourite spot, a small ridge with great foreground features called litlefjellet.
Winding steep road zigzagging up the hill with a pumping waterfall in front. You can park off the side of the road and take a walk to the lookout or find another angle.
Photo By Carl van den Boom - Trollstigen
The steep walls of the valley and S-curve of the Fjord are extremely picturesque. You are able to shoot this valley with few different accessible locations. Take a 30-minute walk from the town up Flydalsjuvet to shoot down the Valley or drive up Ørnesvingen and take a shot from the roadside.
You can get a great shot directly looking at the Seven Sisters Waterfall from the the Knivsflå farm on opposite side of the fjord. It is about a 5 hour return to walk.
Photo By Carl van den Boom - Geiranger Fjord and Seven Sisters waterfall
A man-made lookout, it is still a spectacular view and shot even if you won’t be the only one with it.
Photo by Simon Markhof - Stegastein View point
A very quaint little town at the end of the Fjord. You can grab a typical Norwegian scene with wooden buildings on the water's edge.
Photo by Simon Markhof - Lærdal
Surrounded by sheer cliff faces, this is a base jumpers paradise.
Numerous waterfalls cascade off the valley walls and provide photo ops everywhere, this is time to explore.
With the Nærøyfjord at the end of the Valley, be sure to check out the hike to Bakkanosi which provides amazing views overlooking this UNESCO World Heritage site.
This location involves taking a train to Myrdal. Walk from the train station to Kjossfossen where a thunderous waterfall awaits.
Photo By Carl van den Boom - Kjossfossen
You can’t miss Tvindefossen as you drive along the E16. It bellows off the cliff and spews a mist of water (at least in the summer) during winter the water still flows yet massive ice walls like hang from the top. You can take a shot from the bottom, yet with a 30-minute walk, you can be on the top of the waterfall shooting down.
A local secret is to drive up behind Tvindefossen to Breifossen, park just past the farmhouse and follow the creek behind the woodshed for a 12-minute walk. This leads to another dramatic waterfall in a tight canyon.
Breifossen generally needs to be shot in the morning, as the sun shoots around the corner with the canyon walls covering the waterfall in shade after midday.
If you keep following the track up the top of Breifossen, you will find a little sanctuary of numerous small waterfalls.
A world heritage site, these buildings are inquisitive close up with their twisting doors and leaning walls. Take a shot from across the harbour.
You won’t know about the Hardanger bridge until you pop out the side of a mountain and onto it suspending road a 100m in the air.
On the Northside of the bridge take a left in the tunnel towards Ulvik and once out of the tunnel take another quick left. This drives you back under the tunnel and along the fjord edge. There is a small village with fishing boats that can provide a good foreground to the impressive bridge.
Continue along the same road to Tjoflotviki. Drive as high as you can to the end of the road where there is a parking spot. It will take 40 minutes to walk to a clearing with a small red hut where you can see down the fjord and camp if you wish. If you don't have the time or wish to walk to the peak, reaching the red hut is a good short mission to get a view over the fjord.
To get the Oksen Peak, Continue walking up to the radio station and an epic view down 2 fjords. This is about a 5-6 hour return walk from the parking lot.
Driving up to Eidfjord you will want to keep pulling over and finding a spot. The town itself is very quaint and worth getting close to when looking for your photo location. Beware, in summer you might find a big cruise ship blocking the town.
When you hit the town of Eidfjord, take a left and find your way to Kjean Farm. With a 5 minute walk you can find some spectacular views back down into the Fjord.
An amazing waterfall about a 20-minute drive from Eidfjord and at the edge of Hardangervida.
There are viewing platforms all around the top of the waterfall making it easy to get over the edge and capture both waterfalls falling into the abyss. What is challenging about this spot is really conveying the sense of scale, it is HIGH!
This is an all-time classic Norwegian photo. Depending on your fitness level this is an 8-12 hour return walk, not including photography time.
In order to get the best light, you might want to camp up on the mountain which means the ability to shoot sunset and the sunrise before you walk down again. Walking up at midnight or down after the sunset is probably not the best idea.
You will need cross country ski’s to access Trolltunga in late winter, depending on the snow season, you can walk it in June with snow-covered tops.
Photo by Carl van den Boom
A scenic mountain lake, it's a one hour walk from Sundal.
Driving up to Låtefossen you can’t hide from the thrashing river next to the road, nor can you duck past Låtefossen without getting covered in its mist as you drive over the bridge. Park next to the bridge to capture this tremendously powerful waterfall.
Another Norwegian classic. This shot is more powerful with a fearless companion to stand upon the rock. Located Near Stavanger this is a 12km hike with 500m of climbing and takes around 5 hours return, not including your time spent shooting.
During the middle of winter, the access road is closed. Depending on the amount of snow the road will re-open in May. There are no restrictions on exploring the mountains during winter, however, safety needs to be number one.
The last of the classic Norwegian hiking shots, Preikestolen looks over the same fjord as Kjeragbolten. With a relatively easy walk, it takes around 2.5 hours return, again not including your photo time.
This is mainly a summer destination and would recommend not attempting in the middle of winter, due to safety, the slippery rocks and sheer cliffs, however, is doable (depending on conditions early and late winter.)
There are multiple options for great Aurora photography around Hammerfest.
Being the major city for Northern Norway this is a great place to fly into and explore the surrounding area for Aurora photography.
A glorious location overlooking water to the mountains beyond.
Park at the end of the street and walk past the houses towards the water.
A coastal spot with endless compositions of boulders and mountains in the distance. Park nearby and explore the beach.
Photo by Pedro Kin
A rocky beach overlooking water body to Mountains on the other side. Park in the car park just outside of Flagstad.
Photo by Pedro Kin
Park next to the road and take the shot from the bridge south of the town. Alternatively, head around to the Harbour and include boats in the foreground of this extremely picturesque village.
Photo by Chrstian Hoiberg
With reflections, mountains and red houses, you can park almost anywhere and find a postcard shot.
Photo by Pedro Kin
Lofoten is an outstanding winter photography location with many more photo opportunities. You can read our complete guide to photographing Lofoten here!
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