Saturday, June 29, 2013


By Morten Berg
SoundTrack by Tore Johnson

In this timelapse film you will see some of Norway´s most famous nature attractions- from the beautiful fjords, spectacular views from famous panoramic viewpoints like Dalsnibba in Geiranger all the way up to Galdhøpiggen (highest mountain peak in Norway and Northern Europe) just to mention a few of the locations in this film.

Nature attractions and Locations
0:10-0:29 Hjørundfjorden/Sunnmørsalps,Øye
0:30-0:37 Slogen1564m/5131ft/Sunnmørsalps,Øye
0:37-0:45 Olden in Stryn
0:45-0:53 Briksdalsbreen in Stryn
0:53-1:00 Stegastein 650m/2132ft /Aurland
1:00-1:10 Geiranger
1:11-1:15 Skageflå/Geiranger (abandoned farm)
1:15-1:30 Ørnesvingen/Geiranger
1:30-1:46 Dalsnibba1476m/4842ft /Geiranger
1:46-2:38 Trollveggen (Troll wall/Trollwand) 1797m/5895ft
2:38-2:50 Åndalsnes
2:51-3:03 Rondane
3:04-3:12 Gudvangen/Nærøyfjorden
3:12-3:17 Hurrungane/Jotunheimen
3:17-3:27 Valdresflye1389m/4557ft /Jotunheimen(mountainpass)
3:27-3:36 Spiterstulen/Jotunheimen
3:43-4:18 Hurrungane/Jotunheimen
4:18-4:28 Turtagrø/Jotunheimen
4:29-4:34 Soleibotentind 2083m/6833ft/Jotunheimen
4:35-4:49 Fanaråken 2069m/6788ft/Jotunheimen
4:50-4:54 Sognefjellet1434m/4704ft /Jotunheimen (Mountainpass)
4:55-5:09 Spiterstulen/Jotunheimen
5:10-6:08 Galdhøpiggen 2469m/8100ft /Jotunheimen (highest mountain peak in Northern Europe)

This is my debut timelapse video, and the making of this film has been a real challenge. Living in Oslo (250-500 km away from the scenery portrayed in this film), I had to make 11 trips over a period of 15 months to fullfill this project. I had to visit and revisit locations which were not easily reached considering the the heavy photo gear I was carrying.

When I look back on this project, the most exhausting and dramatic challenge was to climb Galdhøpiggen 2469m/8100ft (5:10-6:08). I had to visit this mountain twice while I was shooting this movie, as my first attempt back in july 2010 was ruined by strong winds. In 2011, a second attempt was made, and this time I got lucky. As I witnessed a beautiful sunset on the roof of Norway and Northern Europe, I knew I was pushing the boundaries and it would be a race against darkness and dropping temperatures to the valley 1400 meters/4600 ft below. My concern was right. At this alltitude, the temperature drops rapidly when the sun sets, and the snow fields in the rather steep terrain just below the summit (which were safe during the daylight) had now turned into treacherous ice. Although I was aware that the temperature had plummeted, I didn´t know that the snow fields had turned into ice so rapidly. As a result of my carelessness and stupidity, I fell uncontrolled down the steep slope and got some deep cuts in my left hand. After all, I had lucky escape- as I stopped before I was severly hit by the rocks in the end of the slope.

As the darkness fell, I ran into another problem. Even with a powerful headlamp, I couldn't find the cairns which would lead me down to the valley. After a while I was way out of track and heading straight into steep terrain, so I had no other option than to abort the descent and spend the night in this high alpine area. Nedless to say, the night was very cold, and I had to endure frostbite for many hours. Finally, after 17 hours in this high alpine area, I returned to safety.

If you liked this video- you may check the videos below:

"Dynamic Nature": my latest video.

"Norway -travel guide" a slightly different version of "Norway"where I have added the locations and nature attractions in the right corner- so if there is a special part of the video you like- you can easily look it up.

Hope you enjoy it- share if you like.
Morten Berg

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