Huge skies and deep breaths; Appreciating the scenery of Arctic Norway

Guest post by Alison Bailey

The one abiding memory I have taken home from my time sailing in Hurtigruten, is the breath-taking scenery of Arctic Norway, and, of course, the Northern Lights.

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Tromso in the snow

Living in North-West England, a highly populated place on planet earth, it has been a while since I was in a position to truly appreciate the unobstructed views of Mother Nature’s best.

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The port of Havoysund

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Kirkenes

So often, in our cluttered, and busy world we simply don’t have the opportunity, or time to look, to just see. To take the time to drink in the sheer beauty of this world. Standing on deck one day it brought this poem to mind by Welsh poet WH Davies.

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

The skies seem unimaginably huge, eternal, the views uninterrupted, all scenery which a city dweller is unfamiliar with. The lack of pollution, expansive, unending skies and crystal clear, blue seas. The icy bite of freezing, fresh air shocks the lungs, invigoratingly, these are genuinely “Glad to be alive” moments, the trip offered many such moments.

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Arctic coastal scenery

Visiting in winter means the landscape wears a winter cloak, pure white contrasts with the endless blue of sky, and ocean. As the ship tracks the coastline, countless snow-covered peaks pass in, and out of view, prodding at the unbroken sky, like jagged teeth. It’s a landscape of awe, a wonderland that those that never leave the city struggle to comprehend.

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Returning to Tromso

Even when the cloud come in, and snow begins to fall, it’s still spectacular. The light is fantastic, and it’s possible to see the weather change in front of your eyes. The expansive views allow observers to watch the developing weather, clouds rolling across a darkening sky, changing from clear blue to ominous grey.

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Landscape to admire

Witnessing the Aurora was a bucket list activity that I can now put a tick against, however the overall scenery would be worth the price of a cruise ticket alone. It’s spectacular scenery, that I hope to experience again one day. That’s a new bucket list entry!

*My amazing landscapes experience was with Hurtigruten

Alison Bailey of baileyphotography on the coast to coast bike ride

170 Miles Coast to Coast

About Alison Bailey

I started as a photographer at the tender age of three when my Dad gave me my first camera, a Kodak Brownie. I crawled around ‘taking pictures’ of everything, even though there wasn’t any film, and I’ve been taking pictures ever since.

I’ve worked as a Lab Technician specialising in Pathology to the promised land of Olympus cameras, and even a spell in law enforcement. I’ve returned to my first love now however, specialising in wedding photography. I predominantly use digital today, but the traditionalist in me still loves film, and the skills required to develop it.

* All photography by Alison Bailey, © Copyright of BaileyPhotography 2014

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  1. Hammad Tariq

    I must say the photos are amazing, I always thought wedding photographers are good for taking pictures of humans rather than nature or objects but this clearly shows your love of nature, perfect lights, perfects photos, makes me feel the raw nature in them! Great post!

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