A door in Roros Norway: A travel photographer’s paradise

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Roros, Norway offers endless charm and, in the winter, plenty of dark days and snow! Located in central Norway on a high plain Roros is a small village that, as a historic mining town, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mid-November snowfall we experienced while visiting made it all the more charming.

The subject: Roros’ old mining town isn’t just a tourist jaunt. In fact, people still live in many of these historic log homes lined up side-by-side as they march down the narrow back street. The area is called “Sleggveien” or “Slag Way,” for the leftover mining materials there. The streets are filled with little cottages, old smelter’s huts, cabins and sheds. It feels like an outdoor museum. (Read more about the town in our story, “Visit Roros, Norway: UNESCO World Heritage town.”

The inspiration: On our gander around the area, it wasn’t really twilight, but it felt like it. In mid-November, when the sun’s arc from sunrise to sunset remains so low in the sky, the part of the day where there is the most light still like feels about what we would consider twilight at home. And with snow-filled clouds, fluffy banks of powder everywhere, and flakes drifting down, it was honestly quite magical.

Every historic building begs to be photographed, but this little shed door was particularly sweet with a beguiling metal heart decorating the well-worn and quite weathered door. I suppose I could have tried to light the candle for an even better scene but that would not have been the scene as I found it! One can only think about the hay that is perhaps stored inside, maybe the goats or chickens, or perhaps the shed for wood that would keep the owner’s cottage cozy all winter long.

Artist’s tools: My Nikon D90 still serves me well for many an adventure, as does the 18-105mm lens f/3.5-5.6, both of which I got when I returned to photography after about 25 years! What I like about this focal length on a lens is its ability to capture almost everything for me without fiddling with changing lens or being draped with several cameras with different lenses. I’m a simple photographer like that. I was set at a 1/30th of second at f/4.2 (remember in November in Roros, Norway, mid-day still means pretty dark!). My focal length was 34mm on my crop frame camera! I also try to avoid over-processing so this has only the simplest of touches.

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There are so many places that inspire photos in Norway!

Roros is only one of the many places in Norway that inspire art and photography. Trondheim, Alesund, Bergen, and Kirkenes will each inspire a photographer to spend hours and even days shooting pics. Be sure to read Eight reasons to visit Trondheim, Beautiful Alesund inspires artists and photographers, Kirkenes Travel Tips: An Arctic frontier at road’s end, and Bergen travel essentials – what to do in Bergen.

Perhaps exploring the coast of Norway is something that intrigues? Ready to book a spectacular adventure? Then be sure to read our entire Hurtigruten cruise advice series: Hurtigruten Cruises: Travel booking tipsPlanning Your Hurtigruten Cruise Excursions; Hurtigruten Cabins: Differences, Details; Food and Drink on Hurtigruten Cruises in Norway;and Hurtigruten Video Tour – Planning Your Next Trip.

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Therese Iknoian

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Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian now focuses her writing and photography talents on travel. Fluent in German, Therese also runs a translation business (ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. She's a French speaker, and loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication. Therese is an award-winning member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.
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