Norwegian Mountains





Summer is on the wane. I have probably done my last backpacking in the Norwegian mountains this season. Last week we hiked around the mountain area called Stølsheimen in the western part of the country. We spent some delightful days in rough terrain far away from people, in the middle of nowhere, with only sunshine, some showers, rocks, meadows and an occasional dot of snow here and there for company. Recharging and gathering strength again (and at the same time becoming very fatigued – if that makes sense…). Because of the absence of any means of communication I have at the same time been away from any kind of blogging. But I am back now, and will soon start to visit all your blogs again. Thanks for the patience.






About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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129 Responses to Norwegian Mountains

  1. Looks like a tough trail – great photos with lots of texture.

  2. Snow already!!! Summer is indeed wearing out its sunny slippers. Your photos of the mountains are very atmospheric, as ever.

  3. FANTASTIC… LOVE Norway and love these photos.

  4. elizz says:

    awesome photos.. some of the rocks have letter T written on them.. i wonder what that means. The teddy bear is cute, he’s on top of the world.

  5. Melimelo says:

    Nothing better than the mountains to recharge your batteries!

  6. This summer no mountains (yet?) for me because of works in progress at home. At least through your beautiful pictures I can feel the wind and the clear air! Grazie
    PS: maybe in september a few days in the Alps…

  7. Mary says:

    That sounds like a wonderful time! And the photos are amazing, of course.

  8. wow! Stunning. I love your processing effects too.

  9. Beautiful scenes and rocks! Thank you for sharing.

  10. ~meredith says:

    I love the way you treated these photos. They are even richer and more interesting. Your work inspires… thank you, Otto. ~ m

  11. seabluelee says:

    Oh my, now I’ve fallen in love…with Ted! Such a well-traveled gentleman – I was especially surprised and pleased to see him visiting the Valley of Fire in Nevada. I grew up near there (in Las Vegas) so that’s one of my old stomping grounds. The petroglyphs there are fascinating.
    PS: Summer hiking in Norway looks COLD! but beautiful…….

    • As you can see in some of the photos, we were actually hiking in shorts and t-shirt, but yes, the landscape is definitely cold – at places. Fun that you like Ted travels. I agree with you that the petroglyphs are fascinating.

  12. Angeline M says:

    Great photos; the fourth one has especially caught my eye…what beauty!

  13. Beautiful landscape!! photos are great! 🙂

  14. My Heartsong says:

    Very rugged texture on a beautiful landscape that demands good hiking boots.. Someone took a can of paint with them to mark the rock? I could see the progression of the hike through the gestures and changes of clothing of your partner as well as the land itself.. And look at those clouds. I also like exploring the the small plants and features in such a large space.Very interesting photos.

    • Someone did indeed take a can of paint with them – but over many – tens of – years. Yes, it is a demanding landscape in many ways. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Jane.

  15. LensScaper says:

    The processing (assuming these are shot on a smart phone) adds to the feel of wildness. I’m just back from 2weeks in Switzerland. The weather was not good – it seems to have been an unusual season across much of Europe.

  16. Lynda says:

    wow – that looks intense and so beautiful. thanks for sharing.

  17. My Heartsong says:

    My fellow camera club member has a little frog comes along with us on some photo shoots and shows up in many pictures in amazingly creative ways.A lot of fun. I read about the trail mark -good idea as it could be easy to get lost in that terrain.Enjoy the hot tub when you get down to the valley. I sure hope to get to the mountains before fall, started a new job.

    • It’s really fun to have a little fellow to photograph in all kinds of situations. I cross my fingers for a trip for you in the mountains before autumn sets in. Good luck with the new job!

  18. I hope you’ve had a great summer Otto. As always it was too short!

  19. fotonita says:

    Ser ut til at dere har hatt noen flotte dager i den norske fjellheimen – fine bilder!
    God ny uke til deg! : )

  20. Amazing scenes just woow speechless !!

  21. Beautiful photo story Otto. I can see you had great time there. The teddy photo makes me smile 😉

  22. Paula says:

    My time of holidays and my favourite subjects to shoot (mountain landscapes). Tusen takk for sharing this with us, Otto. Glad to hear you had a perfect relaxation time. The mountains I picked this year (Slovakia for a change) turned out to be noisy and expensive 😀

  23. Superb photos, Otto. Looks like great exercise. 🙂

  24. Patrizia M. says:

    Che luoghi fantastici, sicuramente colmi di pace e tranquillità.
    Ciao, Patrizia

  25. Lisa Gordon says:

    What beautiful photographs, Otto, and I love the processing you used.

  26. Gunta says:

    You have me missing mountains. Delightful images that bring back the spirit of higher altitudes.

  27. ninagrandiose says:

    I’m panting and breathless with my calf muscles aching as the intriguing mountain landscape that you have captured so well beckons and I am right there with you…well, almost! And it is good to get away from the pressures of our complicated lives and subject oneself to the caprice of nature.

  28. YellowCable says:

    Such a beautiful place. I would love to go like you did. Wonderful!!!

  29. blogtendi says:

    Reblogged this on BLOGTENDI.

  30. Millie Ho says:

    Your photography make me want to cycle through the world thrice over. Great shots, Otto!

  31. Suzanne says:

    It looks wonderful but also exhausting. I love the way you have processed the photos.

  32. How wonderful to have time away, and really away! I’m really glad you were able to experience those beautiful mountains while you still had a little bit of warmth left in summer. 🙂 Your photos are just breathtaking. Otto. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but the fourth one is so beautiful!

    • I am glad you liked the photos. Thanks for the feedback, Debra. I hope you are able to enjoy what’s left of the summer (well, maybe it’s summer all year around in California – at least how I would perceive summer…).

  33. paula graham says:

    Such an amazing country and you have certainly travelled it properly , the macho way. Great stuff.

  34. Andrew says:

    Great that you got away to relax like this, Otto, and that you’ve also come back with these images. The treatment brings out the ruggedness of the terrain very well.

  35. redhairedgal says:

    Beautiful images, thank you for sharing. We were up in the high Sierra in late July and can’t wait to get back before the road closes for winter.

  36. It looks like a very stark but interesting landscape.

  37. Beautiful set of images, Otto. I love how you’ve brought out the texture of the rocks. As always, the lighting and composition are spot on.

  38. Your post-processing gave the set of images an old-world sensibility. It really works so well. There’s patina that draws me into each frames glorious landscape and small or large vistas.

  39. Nandini says:

    Beautiful and interesting textures in the photos, Otto! Nature is so welcoming.

  40. mytiturk says:

    Thank you for enjoying my post on Jerez, Sanlúcar and Zahara. I enjoyed visiting your site and agree with your ten tips for travel photography. It seems we both try to capture (in photos and words) the spirit of where we are and do research before and after we travel. Since 2013 I have used a Sony NEX-5N mirrorless SLR almost exclusively and I wear it around my neck, ready. I don’t apologize for looking like what I am – a tourist. I bought a safari type Tilley vest which has pockets galore, including one interior pocket big enough to hold the Sony when I need to put it away – at dinner, for example. It replaces, for me, three cameras with many benefits and a few compromises. But life is full of fortunate compromises…

  41. Amazing captures! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I just discovered your blog and I’m loving it!

  42. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschön liebe Grüße und einen schönen Tag.Gislinde

  43. charles says:

    Great shots Otto. Crisp and beautiful.

  44. Geri says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog, Otto! This gave me chance to discover your wonderful world of photography. Great work!

  45. ah, it’s so soothing to be so removed from the modern world! congratulations on your respite – so many people don’t take time to ‘sharpen the saw’ and wonder why they are emotionally and physically weary.

    the photos are beautiful. thank you for showing us your beautiful country!

    • And thank you for visiting and comment, Lisa. I like the expression sharpen the saw for the rejuvenation and energizing of the mind and body.

      • Long ago Stephen Covey’s book made a strong impression.. Two of those 7 habits quite often or I quote them to others… One is “Seek first to understand and then to be understood..” wow, does that ever diffuse conflict! the other is number 7- ‘Remember to sharpen the saw..’

        It is so beneficial to take a timeout from the demands of work and society… Of course you learned that long ago and prompt others to do the same.

        again, thanks for sharing those lovely images.. hopefully you have inspired others to get in touch with the beauty of isolated areas.

  46. This is the number one place to recover after my work in school. The Norwegian and Swedish mountains. Your presentation of them is of course magnificent. Photo,.texture and framing. Almost paintings…Thank you for sharing them!

  47. sheketechad says:

    The photos surely let us travel in our minds with you all. And that last photograph just makes me smile! It is like joy captured momentarily 🙂 Welcome back from your holiday.

  48. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful shots Otto, and it is great to be on a hike when you know it is likely the last one of the season…tend to enjoy it a bit more, trying to take in all you can. It must feel incredible to walk away from such a good summer 🙂

  49. Mountains – my favourite place

  50. Oh, the teddy bear shot. Wonderful. What is the plant in the picture below that?

  51. themofman says:

    That’s a landscape that I’d like to hike one day.

  52. monica amberger says:

    Hej Otto, vilken kraftansträngning du förmedlar kreativt och läckert i dessa bilder. Att målet var efterlängtat framkommer klart och tydligt. Bara Ted som inte sliter hårt utan bara tar det lugnt. Kul att stifta bekantskap med Ted och jag har kollat länken och njuter av alla uppdrag han varit med på. Han verkar alltid ha lätt att hitta sin plats var än ni/du befinner er.
    Bäata Hälsningar

    • Ted er ikke alltid med, men hver gang stortrives han. Og det er helt riktig som du observere. Han nyter livet mens vi andre sliter og svetter. Livet kan noen ganger være urettferdig… Takk for dine vakre ord, Monica.

  53. restlessjo says:

    Recharging is good- if exhausting 🙂 And it produced some great images.

  54. KarenAnn says:

    Looks like the perfect place to refresh the mind and body without lots of workaday distractions. Love the processing and the exuberance of the last photo.

  55. joshi daniel says:

    great textures and beauty 🙂

  56. What a wonderful way to recharge!
    I’m afraid I am really behind in my blogging and reading as well.
    This landscape is stunning and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing the beauty with us. It is like a breath of fresh air.

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