Memories of Norway // my new travel film
First things first; I created a short film from my journey through Norway. Watch it below.
To say I enjoyed traveling through Norway would be the understatement of the year. I completely and utterly fell in love with the country. From the breathtaking fjords and stunning mountains to the quaint, small towns in the middle of nowhere, it was a dream. Everywhere you looked there was a photo that needed to be taken. I swear, even my nonchalant iphone snapshots came out stunning! As a filmmaker and photographer it was hard to not be giddy 24/7.
We hiked and camped through Norway for 2 1/2 weeks and barely scratched the surface of all the beauty that Norway has to offer. We traveled by plane, train, car and foot to cover lots of ground and walked away at the end with priceless memories.
Norway, however, isn't a country to visit for the faint of heart. Or at the very least, not to backpack and camp through (if you have the funds for warm, dry accommodation then my hat is off to you). Almost every day in Lofoten we were faced with treacherous weather, from insane wind (gusts upwards of 50mph!) to torrential rain with cold temperatures, but nothing could spoil the fun we were having. One time, we were so completely soaked to the bone after a hike (including all the clothes in our backpack) that we had to use the heat in the rental car to dry our clothes. Another time, it was so windy that our tent was folding in on us throughout the night which ended up permanently bending the structural poles.
I still have very vivid memories of being cold, wet and tired, but I wouldn't change a thing. Now that I'm home I can laugh about some of the mistakes we made, like hiking up the wrong mountain. Twice. (seriously).
When I finally sat down to look through my footage from our trip, I decided that I wanted to do a little something different with this one. I didn't want to make another beautiful timelapse or landscape film about Norway, but instead one that would truly represent our time there. I wanted the audience to feel what I felt while filming, and to feel what I feel now.
Nostalgia. Intensity. Fleeting memories. Flashbacks. Reminisce. Whirlwind. Exploration. Memento. Beauty.
These were words I used to create the intention of the film. I wanted it to feel like a POV film, where viewer could see what I saw through my eyes. I also wanted to represent my immense nostalgia I have now, 2 months after leaving. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about Norway and wished that I could transport myself back to Lofoten.
I'd love to hear what you think about the film! I'll post an article soon about tips for backpacking and camping around Norway, so be on the look out.