Apparently, Horseid beach is one of the most stunning hidden gems of Norway. I would even venture out to say that its uniqueness is incomparable to any other nature locations around the whole world. It is good for you, and your DSLR camera. With its sandy beach, sparsely scattered clumps of grass, breath-taking red-colored mountains and flowers fields, it should be put on the top of every landscape photographer bucket list. In this section, I’m going to go into greater details on how to find the spot and most importantly, why we should weight things up before going to this pristine place at all. I used the word ‘pristine’… as the beach is pristine indeed! Although it also very challenging to reach the place at some particular seasons of year. I visited the place around the summer solstice in spring and summer months with its midnight sun – the time you do not have to go to sleep and wake up early as the sun is almost permanently over horizon. Let’s kick off then!
The place is meticulously hidden behind Kirkefjord mountains. You can not see this beauty place when taking a ride in a car or bike neither on the asphalt road nor field one. To be honest, I made some effort to get to the pitch successfully. The starting point was in the city of Reine where I bought tickets to take 25 min commercial ferry cruise to get to Kirkefjord harbor. As for a price, I needed to set aside 70 NOK. However, prices can vary depending on the season so keep up with www.ferry.no. After stepping in the shore in Kirkness, first of all, check ferry times as it runs very rarely. Then your wild traveling experience is about to begin!
After leaving the harbor, I was going up the mountains through a wet and slippery erratic boulder around 1,5 h. As the hike progressed, I walked in the beautifully located mountain pass which brought back strong memories of watching Lord of Rings or Games of Throne. You may laugh, but I could not restrain an urge to switch Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack there. After a short break, I started going down toward swampy and boggy area beautifully covered with marsh marigolds flowers. When hiking down towards Horseid beach, almost all the time I was accompanied by the mountain stream. (Don’t forget drink water from it, if you decide to go there someday!). It is so refreshing and tasty before taking shots! The closer to Horseid beach you are, the more swampy area you step in.
It was a real struggle for me as I found myself digging in that mud from time to time. I ended up having mud spots up to my ankles. If I had known about it before, i would have taken wellington boots which in
compared to ordinary goretex hiking boots really do a trick in this area. If you find yourself spending time there in the spring season, chances are you come across a nice light conditions. Masses of clouds hit each other producing very subtle and muted light during sunset or sunrise time. The place is pretty exposed to an open ocean so watch out and check weather forecast beforehand. On the similarly located Kvalvika beach I experienced a real hurricane. As for weather, locals prove:
Close to areas stretching along the North Sea there are not so friendly conditions. Forgotten can welcome you with a nice sun maximum on 3 days.
The place is also misty because of many streams flowing through this area. The combination of different occurrences and interesting location features can make freak photographers really satisfied. Practice your jumping skills as the places is known for many little ponds to jump over.
I also advise to pitch a tent on higher located areas far away from the stream. If you find a camping place then you can start running with your camera gear as crazy. It is obviously what i did.