Written & Shooted by – Ludovica Ceschi
How to destroy misconceptions about Norway:
Norway: a freezing cold arctic country, covered by ice and snow where everyone is very SAD (in this case, having a Seasonal Affective Disorder) and has to bear the aurora boralis, and whose inhabitants all live in crafty Ikea style cottages.
No way: it’s true, the Scandinavian peninsula reaches and oversteps the artic polar circle, but that doesn’t mean that its climate is artic. Except for the Svalbard Islands, you can easily survive around Norway thanks to its temparate climate.
Driving towards Nord Kapp surprised me: looking out the window I was searching for and expecting vast white fields and frozen lakes, but the landscapes I witnessed instead were mainly of grassy meadows, and my high performance parka remained at the bottom of my backpack.
And how can Norwegians ever be sad having such exciting nights? I reckon they ever sleep with the company of the aurora borealis in winter and the midnight sun in the summer.
Some of my photographs were taken after midnight, and I can assure you that I didn’t have to highten the ISO! Days are endless and the sun stays high in the sky until it dissappears into the twilight and skirts the horizon.
Little red and Prussian blue cottages (Rorbuer) dot the hillsides and gather together down on the shoreline. This is where Norwigians live, right? Finding out that most of these buildings are touristic villages was a bit disappointing..
Northern Norway is a great place for a photographer, although you have to avoid on directing your focus on visitors meant to attract visitors on the streets, and your photos will surely show a different part of Norway: the never ending romantic landscapes combined with the rare vanguard architectures and perfectly conserved traditional buildings where families still live inside.
Where is the Norway that, secluded from everything, seems to be living for itself and not with the need to build attractions for bored and easily hasty tourists? Is it up there somewhere or has it been completely ignored because it is too far from bus routes and busses filled with tourists who stay in well reviewed bed and breakfasts?
Unfortunately, even in, and especially, in one of the farthest points of the world, everything revolves around tourism. You may be disappointed discovering that those magic rorbuer you saw in photographs before starting your journey are simply touristic villages that successfully advertise themselves on the internet with captivating slogans such as: ‘expirience a night in one of the fishermen’s cabin; typical Norwegian breakfast included!’. And sadly, we continue to ask ourselves, where can we find a place unscathed by the touristic market?