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Alesund (Ålesund), Norway - Spectacular Sunset Colors and Cloud Formations over Valderhaugfjorden

Spectacular Sunset Colours over Valderhaugfjorden near Ålesund, Norway

Western Norway is an extremely beautiful place, but it is not famous for good weather. As a matter of fact, most days there are rainy or cloudy. Unlike in some other parts of the world, there is no dry season and no wet season. Or perhaps the whole year is the “wet season”. Nevertheless, sunny days do happen there and if you follow the weather forecasts and book the flight for the right day, you do have a chance of seeing spectacular sunsets.

This is the view from the vantage point on Mt. Aksla in the beautiful town of Ålesund towards the island of Giske. I went for a classical composition using the rule of thirds. The small rock on the left is the island of Havsteinen. It is not inhabited. Next to it is the island of Giske. It appears to have an elongated shape, but in reality its width is almost equal to its length (approx. 2.5 km). The island of Giske has a population of less than 1000 people.

In the summertime the days are very long in Scandinavia. The sun sets very slowly and the following blue hour can last very long, too. If you go to Norway in the summer months and you enjoy taking photos when the light is most beautiful, you will have plenty of time to try various compositions, various focal lengths or even to swap lenses. I was in Ålesund in the middle of August and this photo was taken at 11 PM! In June or July the days are even longer. Just fantastic. Make sure you have enough memory cards with you.

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