Trying to capture the beauty of Norway across the calendar year has become a personal mission for professional UK photographer, Tom Vooght.
"It's a very amazing country. It may be cold, but the people are warm-hearted, friendly and willing to help. The air is crystal clear with absolutely mind-boggling landscapes, delicious food, amazing aurora and magical light," said Tom.
"So long as you have the right attire, and there's a fire in the house, one can tolerate the weather."
Tom's travels have taken him to the northernmost reaches of mainland Norway, meaning he has occasionally had to brave some pretty cold temperatures along the way.
One such moment occurred when he was in Breivikeidet, a village about 40 miles (50km) southeast of Tromsø – the largest city in northern Norway.
"I was told the temperature was about -30°C after a few hours. My photography partner – who is a viking – was putting his gloves on, which is unheard of!
"As the light faded, the tips of the mountain were lit and the sky was a magical colour," Tom added.
The panorama above was made by stitching two shots together with computer software.
"On the way from Alta to Tromsø, I stopped and saw an amazing landscape. This image [above] is three shots stitched and blended [using computer software]," Tom explained.
And while in Tromsø, he was delighted to capture an image of the northern lights – also known as the aurora borealis – particularly because he had been advised before his trip that it would not be possible to capture it from the city.
"I arrived at the hotel, dumped my bags in my room, and took my tripod and camera out for a look. I set up and looked at what was definitely a brightening of green rising from the top of the mountain. I took this," said Tom, describing his triumphant moment.
Whilst visiting the district of Lofoten – an area Tom describes as: "spectacularly beautiful, with mountains that Tolkien would have been proud of" – he was focusing on capturing its distinctive scenery of mountains peaks, open sea and sheltered bays.
It was in the town of Vågan that Tom spotted an oystercatcher sitting on its nest, which was built on an incomplete seawall.
After putting on his 500mm lens and finding a spot where he could observe without being noticed, Tom waited patiently for "the changing of the guard" as he put it, when the pair swap incubating duties in a very animated and vocal fashion.
One of Tom’s most challenging wild moments in Norway came when he went out on a whale watching trip while staying at Stø in the Vesterålen, Nordland county:
"After about an hour of some reasonably rough seas, I was treated to a great display of breathing and diving by a group of sperm whales. Amazing sight.
"I think it takes seeing them to appreciate their size," he added, before describing his "awful" trip back:
"I slept on deck; it was snowing. And the waves were a similar height to the boat."
To date, Tom has made five trips to Norway and attempted to see as much of it as possible.
Finnmark is Norway's most northernmost and also largest county in area – larger than the whole of Denmark. However, with a population of approximately 75,000, it is also the least populated of all Norwegian counties.
Skarsvåg in northern Finnmark is allegedly the world’s most northerly permanently inhabited fishing village. It was here, on a "phenomenally cold" June day, that Tom’s eye was again drawn to the water.
I had noticed several pairs of arctic terns feeding and passing food. I wanted to have a motion-blurred background with the bird in perfect crisp focus… it almost worked, but I really liked the effect," he said.
Even with the best planning and research before his trips, Tom admitted that he hasn’t been able to tick all the wild animals of northern Norway off his wish list.
But a trip to a wildlife centre at Bardu in the county of Troms, has meant he has managed to capture animals that are very difficult to photograph in the wild.
There are thought to only be six family groups of Eurasian lynx in northern Norway, and with limited time, Tom knew that pursuing wild lynx wasn’t really an option:
"The only way to realistically get a shot like this [in a short space of time] is to visit a wildlife park."
But he was quick to point out that the enclosures had some of the largest areas per animal in the world – and that it didn’t detract from photographing an animal he admires.
"Even though it wasn't as wild as I would have wanted, it was a wild moment,” enthused Tom, speaking about making eye contact with this wolf.
"I love the image, and the reminder of the feeling that went straight through me."
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