Moment Goes to Norway
A Recap + Vlog
Norway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries on planet Earth. The vast mountainous backdrops, snow-capped vistas across the horizon, vibrant hues from the aurora borealis, and a stunning cap to the remarkable simplicity that is Oslo city. Travelers from around the globe come and witness and photograph Norway's absolute beauty, but many of the most gorgeous spots you'll see lie deep within the Lofoten Islands, located just North of the Arctic Circle. You'll never forget your first approach to the islands' gaping epicness; their tall, craggy profiles stand against the sky like some spiky sea dragon. The beauty of this place is just staggering.
12 people total 1 photo guide, 1 local vendor, 1 excellent driver, and 9 adventure-hungry travelers. By day, we’d soar the open roads to shoot at beautiful photo spots; by night, we’d chased the green lady and her lovely, majestic hues. We’d stuff our faces with cold cuts and bread (a classic European continental breakfast option) and coffee in the morning to fuel our creative juices throughout our journey. We’d then compile our favorite images throughout the day and showcase them over dinner and mulled wine. Laughs, productive conversations, and creative collaborations for a full 7-day photography expedition — doesn’t get any better than this.
Max, our lovely photo guide for Moment’s Inaugural trip to Norway, was nothing less than extraordinary. His enthusiasm for photography was unmatched, and everyone loved him. Because he’s been numerous times before, he knows the Lofoten islands like the back of his hand, making the trip that much more special and rewarding.
Moment Travel also hires locals or people with super slick local knowledge, that can offer others the best insider information there is. They’re able to recommend the best restaurants and bars to visit, including some untouched photo spots that are best for photographers. In all my years of traveling, I have never regretted hiring a guide at a heritage site or for a nature trek. The expertise of an excellent local guide is priceless. From pinpointing off-road diners, music venues, reading spots, and beaches, to having stories to complement each location. Our local assistant and friend, Jonas, was far more than incredible. He was not only someone to hang with and get to know, but he safely accommodated everyone from place and place and did so in an exciting fashion. And our driver, Mikola, was one of the most precious human beings in existence. He even jumped inside a freezing lake and Breakfast Club’ed it up with his hands in the air for some excellent photographic content.
There’s something special about traveling with 11 other strangers in a foreign country, no? You get to meet people from around the world and get to know them over nightly dinners and theatrical experiences — something you can never receive from the comfort of your home town. The friendships you’ll make are lovely, kind, and no doubt long-lasting.
In fact, you still might be texting them well after the trip is over. ;)