Norway - Day 2

Norway Day Two - Tromso to Kabelvåg (426km / 264 Miles)

Today we started our route to the Lofoten Islands, the primary destination for filming on this trip. The morning started out with quick of the weather for the journey. At this time of year, the temperature averages between 5-8 degrees Celsius (41-46 Fahrenheit) during the day so there is typically little concern for snow. That being said, this is considered to be the country’s rainy season before the snow hits in a few weeks, which can also be problematic. Knowing what weather is ahead of me as I plan a trip is essential as it dictates my level of expectation on the trip. For instance, if it is expected to rain every morning but clear up most of the afternoon then I know I need to be on the road and driving for most of the morning so that I’m not wasting time in the afternoon when the sun is out and can be parked and ready to get great footage. 

The weather forecast today for the journey was a mix of sun and cloud in the morning, but from noon onwards there was to be heavy rain. Knowing this, I planned to capture as much as I could along the route in the morning, cautiously watching the clouds and the clock to make sure I wasn’t falling behind too much and arriving at the next destination after dark. As the weather predicted, at almost exactly noon, dark grey clouds and heavy winds came in off the ocean and the idyllic mountains ranges and cliffs began to hide behind a great wall of grey low hanging clouds. Although the afternoon weather did not allow for any type of filming, the morning sun was spectacular and made up for anything that was to come later in the day. The striking landscape of snowy peaks, green foothills and long slender fjords laid way for some breathtaking drone photography. 

I had no expectations of capturing anything that would ever make it into a VMC background pack; unfortunately the distance of travel today didn’t allow for any long stops. A typical VMC background shot consists of between 720-1440 frames for the average pack, that means that a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes is needed at each location to adequately set up, film and adjust settings if needed. While that might not sound like a lot of time, the average VMC pack has 15 backgrounds, meaning that it takes approximately 7.5 hours of shooting time to make a single pack. On a day with 7 hours of driving half-hour delays won't work to keep on time. So today there was only enough time for one background shoot, but to make the most of the opportunity, two cameras were set up to capture two vantage points. 

Curious what was filmed today? 

I was able to capture across the water in Bjerkvik (68.549608, 17.554049) toward Narvik.

The rest of the journey from this location was unfortunately too rainy and windy to get any decent footage. Through hours driving against pelting rain (and knowing there is beautiful scenery but not being to see it) I arrived Nyvågar Rorbuhotell, the base camp for this trip. Staying here for four nights and traveling to locations each day will serve as the perfect place to plan each shoot location, monitor weather, and repack and recharge the gear needed for each day.

The last thing to do each night while on a trip like this to look into the weather for the next day. This time of the year in Lofoten’s can be unpredictable by the hour, but it looks as though the day is going to be mostly cloudy. I am hopeful that there will be a few moments where the sun will be able to break through and frame the beautiful countryside. One good piece of news is that there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much wind forecasted for tomorrow as there was today and do you know what that means? The drone will hopefully fly! Regardless, I’m left praying that tomorrow will be a great day for VMC filming!