One of my favourite national parks in Norway is the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella NP in central, southern part of the country. I really enjoy being up there, and this winter I was lucky to have two assignments in this park.
|Winter landscapes of Dovrefjell - Sunndalsfjella NP, Norway.|
My first visit was a film shoot in the first week of January and the second was a photo tour organized by Peter Cairns and Northshot in the UK. To sum it up; my first visit was a cold, strenuous, alpine winter experience with self-service and even outdoor sleeping. The second trip, on the other hand, was a memorable journey with four great clients from England (and one Scotsman), enjoying dogsled assistance, comfortable beds and amazing food at Kongsvold Fjellstue (comes recommended!).
|January accommodation in gale force winds and sunrise.|
|Cameraman James Ewen hard at work.|
These two trips were opposites in all ways. In January we had gale force winds and minus 20 degrees, while the late February on gave us warm spring sun and melting snow. I must admit the photos I got in January was a few notches above the later ones, but my focus was to give my clients the best opportunities possible on their tour. I hope I succeeded on that one.
|UK photographers working with Musk oxen in February.|
During my January trip I was really working hard to get action and to portray the ice age giants in its harsh winter home. In order to get those images I was in the hands of the weather gods. It seemed they were on my side and threw one blizzard after the other at me, and I was very happy with the resulting images.
|Ice age creature.|
|Sparring to keep warm.|
|Waiting for mum.|
|Winter evening in Dovrefjell.|
In February I was again hoping for some tough winter conditions, but this time I think the gods were more concerned with the safety of my guests and came up with stunning, sunny days and warm temperatures. We found our animals and spent time working them all but one day. I really enjoyed showing the Musk oxen to these enthusiastic photographers from across the pond. I think I left them smiling.
|"Mountain lion" in evening light.|
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