You must really love your country if you travel over 10,000 miles in half a year to document its landscape and scenery in a video just 5 minutes long.
But if that country is Norway – with its stunning natural features, crazy (Northern) lights and impressive (water) reflections we can completely understand why Morten Rustad did just that.
And after you finish watching the video we know you will too!
Norway, the epic time-lapse video
Simply titled Norway, the time-lapse above was captured by Morten Rustad of Rustad Media, and it took almost a half-year to get all of the shots he was looking for.
The Aim of this 5 minute short film is to show the variety of Norway, everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Nothern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime. The video shows some of the most scenic places in Norway, such as Lofoten, Senja, Helgelandskysten, Geirangerfjorden, Nærøyfjorden and Preikestolen.
After almost one year in the planning, the journey now finally seem very close. Over the last few days I’ve been packing intensively, and it seems like I am now ready to leave. It is surprising how much stuff is actually necessary (and not necessary) for such a trip. A total of three cameras, four lenses, three tripods, a dolly, the Genie, a MacBook Pro, four external hard drives, nine batteries, a bunch of cables, a tent, sleeping bag, lots of clothes, and much more. I’ve also cut a mattress to fit in the back of the car, which will be good to use on rainy days when the tent is not suitable.
Now I am ready for the first destination of my trip, Lindesnes. This is the southernmost point in Norway, and I am planning to get there by Saturday evening.
Although he initially planned to make it a summer trip only he quickly realised this would not do justice to Norway’s stunning winter scenery. He explains:
Even though this trip will take place in the summer, the winter too much of an important part of the Norwegian culture and nature to be neglected in such a project. This winter I’ve tried to capture some of the major aspects of the winter here.
The most significant part of capturing the winter for this project was a five day trip in January to Tromsø, the biggest city of Northern Norway, and famous for the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). I was lucky and able to get some good footage of the Northern Lights about the city centre of Tromsø on the first night of the trip, although this was also the only time I saw it. But still, it is enough for a little sequence in the final movie. The rest of the five days I rented a car and drove around the Tromsø area, exploring these majestic, snow-covered mountains. The sun was only up for a couple of hours each day, but this gave a silent twilight mood which lasted for hours.
The North: Finnmark
Having started in the South in May, Rustad traversed the entire country and reached the North in September.
Finnmark is Norway’s northernmost and largest county, yet also the county with the least inhabitants. The distances here are huge and you can drive for hours without seeing any signs of civilization. Most people, also Norwegians, doesn’t know what kind of nature this special area has to offer, and I have to admit that it impressed me a lot.
My journey in Finnmark started with a drive to the famous spot of Nordkapp (‘North Cape’). This is regarded as the nothernmost point of Norway and Europe, although there is a point to the west of Nordkapp that is a little bit further north – but far less spectacular. Nordkapp is a touristy spot, with museums and cafés, but it is a fantastic spot with a great view. You can really feel that the North Pole is the next stop in the endless ocean in front of you. It was raining when I arrived, and planned to wait until the next morning to shoot the time-lapses. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the sky started burning with a fantastic light. I was running like a maniac between my car and my camera to get my gear. Unfortunately, a bus full of Chinese tourists arrived and was walking around on the monument I was photographing, but I think the time-lapse turned out okay anyway.
The journey covered, “everything from the deep fjords in the Southwest, to the moon landscape in the North, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the settlements and cities around the country, both in summer and wintertime” and is both one of the most beautiful and most comprehensive tours of the Norwegian countryside you’re ever likely to see. (Rustad actually visited all 19 of Norway’s counties in the course of this project.)
His entire travel route looked like this:
And the video looks like this:
Here a couple of the impressive shots he took along the way