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Martha + Mangor – Fargerikt bryllup på Karmøy

“Karianne, jeg så bildene du la ut fra helgens bryllup, det var jo bare SÅ gult og kult!” er noen av de mange tilbakemeldingene jeg har fått fra folk som har sett noen av Martha og Mangors bryllupsbilder. Og jammen har de rett…! Dette er med hånden på hjertet et av de absolutt artigste bryllupene jeg har vært i, og jeg ønsker å dele det med dere. Gult er Marthas yndlingsfarge, som ble en gul tråd gjennom hele dagen ;-) Gule sko, gule borddekorasjoner, gule ballonger, gul bil, gule solsikker, gule sløyfer osvosv… Jeg vet ikke om det var alt det gule eller alle de over 100 fantastiske gjestene som gjorde det, men dette bryllupet var fylt med en helt spesiell og lykkelig atmosfære gjennom hele dagen. Så mye kjærlighet, latter og glede skal en lete lenge etter, og jeg tror de små, søte nevøene og niesene koste seg like mye som resten av gjengen (inkludert meg, jeg stoorkoste meg fra start til slutt!)

Her er Martha og Mangors gule, kule midtsommerbryllup! ♥

Håkon + Larissa – Swiss Countryside Wedding

In September this year, I went to Switzerland to document my very first wedding abroad. I felt so privileged having this opportunity, and to actually get to travel this far because of my work. Norwegian Håkon and Swiss Larissa normally live in Oslo, but they decided to get married in Larissa’s home country. A great number of friends and family from around the world were represented in the wedding, which created an amazing atmosphere throughout the whole weekend.

The wedding day was filled with both Swiss and Norwegian wedding traditions, but in their own, personal style. The great people, the meeting with new cultures, the large amounts of Toblerone and cheese, and of course, the fabulous surroundings and sceneries made this experience so incredibly special – and I am so thankful to have been a part of it, Håkon and Larissa ♥

 

Trine + Thomas – sommerbryllup på Utstein kloster

Åh, for en fin dag dette var… Det regnet godt på morgenkvisten, så regnponchoen, paraplyene og støvlene lå klar i bilen til fotograferingen. Likevel begynte solen å skinne like før vielsen – akkurat som bestilt – og strålte om kapp med brud Trine i sin fantastiske kjole. Vielsen fant sted på Utstein kloster i Rogaland, et stort, velbevart bygg fra middelalderen og et perfekt sted for en vielse spør du meg! Etter vielsen utnyttet vi både selve bygget og de fine omgivelsene rundt til både familiebilder og brudebilder før vi kjørte videre til neste location. Videre var det duket for middag og fest på Utstein kloster hotell (nok et perfekt lokale for bryllup!), hvor kveldssolen sørget for et helt spesielt lys både innendørs og ute. Lokalet ligger så nærme havet du kan komme, så fem minutter var alt vi trengte for å rømme litt fra festen for å ta noen bilder i det flotte lyset. Alt i alt, ble dette en fantastisk dag jeg vil huske i lang tid. Det tror jeg brudeparet også vil ;) Jeg beundrer kjærligheten disse to har for hverandre, og ønsker dem alt godt ♥

Ellinor + Jan – utevielse i byparken Haugesund

De siste timene før Ellinor og Jans bryllup besto av å sjekke værvarselet gang på gang på gang. Det var nemlig planlagt utendørs vielse i en av parkene i Haugesund sentrum, men ettersom det ofte regner sidelengs her på Vestlandet, var dette litt væravhengig. Selvom værvarselet lovet regn i bøtter og spann, ble det utevielse. Regnet tok pause stort sett under hele seremonien og fotograferingen etterpå, noe jeg tror brudeparet satte stor pris på. Bildene etterpå ble tatt like ved parken, før ferden gikk videre til Pitters kafé på Bakarøy. På lokalet trommet regnet på taket, mens inne var det varmt og koselig med levende lys og behagelig musikk. Kanskje regn på bryllupsdagen ikke er så negativt likevel, rett og slett bare ordentlig koselig?

 

 

Across Norway

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Utsira-Haugesund – Etne – Odda – Hardanger – Voss – Nærøyfjorden – Aurland – Lærdal

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Valdres – Fagernes – Valdresflya – Jotunheimen – Vågåmo – Otta – Dovre&Dombås – Oppdal

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Berkåk – Støren – Trondheim – Steinkjer – Snåsa

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Grong – Høylandet – Helgelandskysten sør – Holm-Vennesund – Brønnøysund – Svenningdal – Grane – Mosjøen

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Korgen – Finneidfjord – Mo i Rana – Storforshei – Saltfjell – Rognan – Fauske – Bodø –  Innhavet – Hamarøy

↓ My amazing car, hotel and friend these days. Thanks for the great company, love you

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Bognes-Skarberget – Narvik – Bogen – Lofoten! – mountains, mountains & mountains (very nice ones) – arrived SVOLVÆR


Summary: 6 days – 2400 km – 8 counties – 100°c every day – tiny, broken roads – tired of every single song and playlist on spotify – hunger – lack of shower – exhaustion
Result/conclusion: Greatest trip of all time?

Colours of Spring – Iceland

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I don’t know what it is about this very country. Of course, the always beautiful looking mountains, the small, colourful towns, the patriotic people and traditional culture are reasons enough in itself. However there is something about the atmosphere up there that makes me unable to stay away. SO, I had a couple of days off that came along with the Norwegian constitution day. That suddenly made me very spontaneous and again took me to Iceland. With no place to sleep, no actual plan for the trip and just a little rental Ford Fiesta, I was ready to spend five days in Iceland.
Day 1
I arrived at 10 am local time, which meant I had the whole day in front of me. I didn’t know exactly where to go, but I ended up with driving down the southern coast. As much as I try not to be a typical tourist in this country, I had to visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss along my way. These are two of Iceland’s main tourist attractions, which is not hard to understand (I mean just look at them). They are both situated right next to the main road so it was impossible not to stop and have a look. Both places were very, very crowded because the weather was pretty good and it was the middle of the day. The wind was quite strong so I got back in the car quite soaked after both waterfall visits. Totally worth it.
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 Day 2
Woke up to the most beautiful view and weather in Vík, a small town at the southernmost tip of Iceland. Took a peaceful morning walk on a long, lonely black beach before I went up in the mountains to have some breakfast (crackers and Nizza chocolate spread, the only things I could store in the car). The sun made it feel like summer and the sound of the running river right beside me, made this experience so idyllic. I really felt like taking a bath in the river, but the temperature made sure it was enough with just a quick dip.
Víkurkirkja (the picture) is situated on the top of a little hill. From there you have great view over the town and also over a very long coastline of black beaches.
In late spring / summer, the hill usually is covered in purple lupin flowers, but not while I was there. I was probably just days early, now they are probably blossoming all over. I found a couple though so I could take a the colourful photograph I had in mind.
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 Day 3
Probably the day which contained the most driving. I drove from the capital area and all the way to Grundarfjörður on Snæfellsnes peninsula. Ahh, I loved this town. The views were absolutely stunning with both the ocean and the mountains nearby. Grundarfjörður is a fishing town with a big variety of sceneries. Of course I had to visit mount Kirkjufell (the picture) which also were overcrowded, but very fascinating. After all the photos I’ve seen, it was so strange finally seeing it in real life, it wasn’t how I imagined it at all. It’s really a very wide mountain when you see it from… probably every other angle than this one.
Afterwards I had lunch at the loveliest Emil, a café / museum / library / meeting point for locals – a place with such great atmosphere and vintage furnishings. There were old photographs of fishery on the wall and music playing from a vinyl record. I fell in love.
After a long drive I arrived Reykholt in the evening and met up with great friends. Home baked bread with Icelandic cheese was on the table, and I can’t find the words on how incredible that was after such a long day. A relaxing evening with just talking and catching up (and Eurovision) was just lovely.
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Day 4
Spent some time in Borgarfjörður, which is an area that starts to get quite familiar to me. Borgarnes, Húsafell, Reykholt and Akranes. I love this area, not overflowing with tourists but still is filled with great history, culture and lots of beautiful landscapes. I probably photographed every single mountain along the roads this day. I drove along Hvalfjörður both ways which must be one of the most beautiful driving views you can get.
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Day 5
Reykjanesbær, Grindavík, Þórlakshöfn, Eyrarbakki. This day consisted of endless lava fields, dark skies, boiling ground, grand waves, birding cliffs and heavy wind. I went searching for some arctic surfers, but no luck. I suppose the wind got too strong. Photo: Area around Gunnuhver hotspring close to the famous Blue Lagoon. The vibrant ground was literally moving from geothermal energy and activity.
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Birding cliffs in Reykjanesbær.
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My sweet sweet Fiesta. Miss you every day.
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Departure day
On my very last day I woke up in my Fiesta in the middle of a lavafield. When I went to bed (??) the night before the wind was so strong the car was shaking, and after a while the rain also started pouring. As horrible as it sounds, it was one of my favourite moments from the trip. Though it didn’t last that long, because I woke up to sunshine and singing birds next morning. That’s just Iceland, you never know what you get.
I delivered the car after five days, five nights, 1600 kilometres, probably hundreds of stops, minimal hours of sleep, 2000 photographs, many amazing people, no internet (hallelujah) and a ton of new memories and experiences. Wow, what an adventure this has been. Next time I look forward to hopefully exploring the east and the north.
Thank you Ford Fiesta for being my moving house and thanks to great friends who always is so incredibly welcoming. Thanks for having me again, Iceland. See you soon.
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Sunset surfin’

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Chocolate, afternoon sun, sound of waves & good company.
Vibrant evening at Sandvesanden beach, Norway.

Winter in Iceland

Back home after a short New-Year trip to a snow covered, always beautiful looking Iceland. Even though it was only a week (that went by faster than I ever could imagine), I am left with a mind and heart full of new memories and experiences. It was great to finally experience Iceland on another time of the year, not only the ‘summer version’. And winter-Iceland is now without hesitation my favourite. I have experienced several snowy storms, short (but still mind blowing) glimts of the northern lights, colourful, long lasting sunrises and clear starry nights. I have also experienced some christmas spirit of the Icelandic culture as well as New Years Eve celebrated in a slightly different way than I’m used to. I have eaten the most delicious christmas cookies and lots of pizza, met some incredibly sweet people and been having the greatest time with people I love.

Here is a collection of images from my winter adventure. While taking some of them, the extremely strong wind made sure to push my camera (which was attached to the stabilizer) to the ground of hard ice, which made parts of my screen go brown and the plastic parts of my stabilizer break. Oops…(totally worth it, though) So hope you like them!

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This was my fourth time on this magical island, and definitely the most beautiful. I’ll soon be back, hopefully.

Sky on fire

 

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This Monday there were several solar storms, which resulted in impressive Aurora-activity. A friend and I drove out of town and to a little lake with the most peaceful surroundings. In addition to the solar storms, the sky were so clear and filled with both regular and shooting stars. The wind had taken a break and there were no sounds but silence. A truly beautiful experience!

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The greatest evening / night in a long time. Started my ‘project’ half past nine with a classic summer sunset seen from the harbor before I went to the darkest and most suitable area I could think of. I was hoping to get a taste of the night of exceptional clear sky and a big amount of shooting stars the weather reporters couldn’t stop talking about. They called it “Perseidene”. It took a while before a couple of stars popped out, but after a short while the sky was covered. What a sight. The conditions were perfect; there were hardly any clouds nor wind, absolute silence (except from some ocean waves hitting against some rocks), and probably the most beautiful sky I had ever seen, at least so far. It was midnight, billions of stars, still some light and colors from the sunset and warm city lights from the coastline. A beautiful memory and experience.

August 12th 2015
Utsira (At the windmill area)