Published on March 4, 2016 by Simon Baxter
Tromsø – Senja – February 2016
The idea had been brewing for a while. A couple of years ago whilst visiting northern Sweden, I found myself with an afternoon free. Naturally the explorer in me meant that I ended up driving across the boarder to Norway. I only had 2 hours to explore and I was so impressed with the scenery that I vowed to return. This winter I would finally make the journey.
Booking flights was a bit of a faff and after several days of searching, the best cost:time ratio was to fly from: NCL>AMS>OSL>TRO
(Newcastle, Amsterdam, Oslo, Tromsø)
Each flight is relatively short, so the traveling would not be arduous.
For me, winter is what draws me to this type of landscape. Sub-Zero temperatures, ice white landscapes and sunrises that last for hours. The northern lights would be a bonus, unfortunately when booking the trip I did not take in to account the moon phase & during my time in Norway, the moon would be full.
How I pack for Travel Landscape Photography
There is probably a much better answer that the one I am about to give, which may not be helpful at all: I take EVERYTHING! Full size tripod, 5D III, 3 lenses, all filters, 2 GoPro’s + Mounts, laptop, all chargers, spare batteries, warm clothing, boots, food & beer! I am not very good at traveling light & so far I have got away with it. I don’t worry about hand luggage allowance (Unless flying with Ryan Air) because it always fits & never gets weighed. I mean, seriously, have you seen some of the people on airplanes these days? They are now rocking full size cases, my Lowepro is nothing compared to some of the monstrosities I see when traveling. All of my camera kit is included in my carry on with the exception of my tripod & Laptop charger.
My Rough Itinerary
I like to keep things flexible, but when traveling it always helps to have a little structure.
3 days in Tromsø, explore & shoot during the day, shoot key locations at dusk & dawn. Also, I try to squeeze in a little culture too as to not become grossly over consumed in photography, which can be counterproductive.
2 days on Senja. Shoot & explore the entire time (2 sunsets & 2 sunrises).
1 Day in Tromsø. If good light, get out & shoot final sunset. If no light, relax & unwind (I did the latter).
I had a lot of success as well as a few failures. My biggest error was to drive 1.5hrs in the wrong direction, only to end up at a ferry crossing, which would not be in service until summer. This cost me a potential sunset shoot in Tromso, luckily the weather took a turn for the worse & the hot tub made the agenda rather than the boots & tripod.
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For more info check out my Kit Blog, but here is a summery of kit used:
Canon 5D MK III
Zeiss Distagon 21mm Lens
Canon 24-70L f2.8
Canon 70-200L f4 (None-IS)
Garmin Fenix 3 (For navigation)
LowePro Filter Pouch
Lee Foundation Filter Holder
A Range of Nisi Filters
A Heliopan 105mm Polariser
A 105mm Attachment Ring for it to fit on to my Holder
HotShoe Bubble Level (Love this)
A Waterproof Camera Cover always comes in handy
As Does my Leatherman Skeletool
I Always Take a Head Torch