Any suggestions on where to concentrate? I'm fairly experienced with cold & wet conditions, so I'm not limited to short hikes. In fact, for me the outdoor experience is just as important as my photographic results.
However, I wasn't planning on renting a car, just public transportation.
Any recommendations would be welcome.
Just registered here on the site myself, and found this thread this morning.
Public transportation to Bergen from Oslo is very easy. You can choose between several modes of travel, Bus, Train and Airlines being the easiest. The train offers some interesting views of the countryside, which airtravel does not, however it does take some 8 hours compared to the relative short time on airtravel. But then you have the security issues at airports etc...
Also there is a daily ferry going from Copenhagen to Oslo, which will give you a nice relaxing voyage to Norway, compared to hectic airtravel.
The Norway in a nutshell tour is very nice. There are some very good locations to shoot, but bear in mind that its in the middle of the darkest time of the year in Norway now. Check out [a href=\"http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=287&month=1&year=2008&obj=sun&afl=-11&day=1]Http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astr...n&afl=-11&day=1[/url]
for Sunrise and Sunset times in and around Bergen in January. In the beginning of January we have daylight just 6 hours, sunrise 9.45 am, and sunset 3:39 pm, end of January it gets a little better with just under 8 hours with sunrise at 9 am, and sunset at 4.46 pm
No in the summer its just the opposite, with nights as short as 4-5 hours.
As others suggested, going further north, you will have Aurora Borealis (the northern lights) which are spectacular, and year round darkness(winter) and daylight(summer)
On clear days here in Oslo now the light is decent, but conditions vary greatly with the weather, clouds, fog, freezing fog, etc. Also the weather can change pretty fast time time of year, with fog appearing almost out of nowhere. Not much snow to speak of locally yet, so everything is pretty dark at around 3.30pm. Which also makes for interesting photography of course.
Hopefully this won't put you off traveling here.
Also: the current state of $ vs NOK (Norwegian krone currency) at around 1usd = ~5.3NOK is at a 30 year lowpoint, which makes everything here seem very expensive