Lonely Planet Writer

See all the seasons and landscapes of Norway in this incredible time-lapse video

Norway’s incredible landscapes draw in travellers from around the world who want to admire the coastlines, mountains and fjords. But if a trip there isn’t in your near future, one photographer has created an incredible time-lapse video that shows off the beauty of the country through an entire year.

 

Morten Rustad, a 23-year-old photographer based in Oslo, specialises in time-lapse and other film-making techniques, and shot the incredible video in 8K. He told Lonely Planet that after a year of planning and developing the idea for this film, he spent another full year travelling and photographing the country. After that, it took another four months to edit the film.

SEASONS of NORWAY. Norway time-lapse video
SEASONS of NORWAY. Image by Morten Rustad

He shot the film all around the country, adding that he “tried to show the diversity in the Norwegian nature”. Since Rustad is quite the expert on Norway’s most beautiful places, he has some advice on where travellers should consider visiting.

Varangerhalvøya in the far north near the Russian border is best for “amazing unexplored scenery and a really strange landscape that doesn’t look like anything else in Norway,” he said. He added that Femundsmarka is the best place to go for long hiking trips, with untouched wilderness, forests, lakes and plateaus, and says that Senja may have the most breathtaking landscape in Norway. It has “rugged peaks raising straight up from the fjord, and as such a classic Norwegian landscape, but in my opinion a lot better than the more famous Lofoten nearby”.

SEASONS of NORWAY. Norway time-lapse video
SEASONS of NORWAY. Image by Morten Rustad

When it comes to the best way to travel the country, he advises renting a car to get to some truly incredible scenery. He also says that getting away from the crowds is best, but “fortunately, one can count on one hand the places that are too run down by tourists, and it is well worth it to do some additional research finding spots that are a bit less travelled. Norway has so many hidden gems!”

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