"Did you ever visit a place called... er,  Norway?"


"Pity. That was one of mine. Won an award, you know. Lovely crinkly edges."

 - Slartiblartfast, designer of the Norwegian fjords, to Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams's "Hitch-hikers' Guide to the Galaxy"

This section of the Landscape Photography site is the photographic record of a single twelve-day holiday, a Norwegian railways package tour that took place back in June 1981.

I'd been to Sweden in 1979, and to Denmark in 1980. Both of these visits were long weekend excursions by North Sea ferry, both were undertaken in March, and I was also accompanied by the same companion, ex-neighbour David. A trip to Norway was a logical next step but I didn't want to repeat the winter weekend format - I was well aware of Norway's awesome scenic beauty, I wanted to spend at least a week there and I wanted to see as much as possible. After going through the holiday brochures I plumped for the Norwegian railways package tour, which involved seven different venues and extensive journeys by coach, train and ferry as well as flights to and from Bergen. The package involved overnight stops at Voss, Balestrand, Loen, Geiranger, Andalsnes, Oslo and Bergen. It was expensive and I couldn't persuade anyone to accompany me. So I was going to be in a foreign land, for twelve days, on my own. What fun!

Although it took place twenty years ago it's still fondly remembered as the most spectacular holiday I've ever enjoyed, and the first one where I really went trigger happy with the camera. Norway's western fjords enjoyed almost unbroken sunshine during the fortnight, and the result was twelve rolls of film - over four hundred photos - of some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery on the panet. I want to share the best of those photos with you.

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This page last updated 14th June 2001