Video: The Sanctuary, A Visit to Norway

I needed to relax and escape from the crowd, so I decided to travel to Norway.

There, I found what I was after. When I first arrived to the city of Narvik, the airport was almost empty. That was perfect. It was why I had come.

Travel in Norway

From there, I drove all over the islands of Lofoten, an archipelago in the county of Nordland located above the arctic circle.

During this trip, I was always amazed by the sense of calm that I found here. I came across very few tourists and some locals. It was definitely the off-peak season. This video is about what I felt at that moment. It’s becoming more and more rare to find places as quiet as this one in Europe, just a four-hour flight from Paris.

Shooting Video in Norway

Even though the weather conditions were freezing cold, with hard wind, I took my camera and my drone in my backpack and went on an adventure. Nature is capricious in Norway, and the weather can change from one hour to another.

I could handle the cold, but the wind was the strongest I had ever experienced. It was around 50 mph. Trust me, at this speed, the drone can’t fly. At some places, I had to wait some hours to be able to fly and get the shot that I wanted.

The other difficulty in a Norwegian winter is that there are only about three hours of sunlight a day. In such conditions, trip planning is essential. The conditions made me think differently about lot of things. It inspires a lot and drives you out of your comfort zone as a photographer and director.  For me, Norway was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. 

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Janna Graber

Janna Graber is an award-winning American travel journalist and current editor of Go World Travel Magazine. Since moving to Austria at age 19 for college, she's been in love with world travel, and has covered destinations around the globe for more than 55 newspapers, magazines and websites. She's the author of three travel anthology books, including "A Pink Suitecase: 22 Tales of Women's Travel".
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