Apparently, I have to admit that ‘The Mountain’ was shot in absolutely amazing landscape photography location – the municipality of Tysefjord in Norway. I visited the place around the end of the summer this year chasing after golden hours to capture the essence of Stetind mountain. The place turned out to be not as easy to find as I initially expected. If you drive from Tromso towards Kjopstiv you will not see the mountain as long as you turn back after crossing the stetindtunnelen. In this post, I will share my experience with a few spots that definitely shows the majesty of the peak. I will also give you some tips on precautions you need to take when climbing over there. The Stetid mountain is located about 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of the village of Kjopsvik. It measures nearly 1400 meters above sea-level attracting climbers and photographers from across the globe including me – a polish girl from Crakow utterly obsessed about the peak.
The peak is accessible from a few spots. We started our main hike from steind parking lot with a view of the bra hanging on one of the tree branches. I really do not know what it was doing there ( xD). Anyway, maybe it can be called a real devotion to nature If people start leaving their items of clothing there. Sticking to the point, I got the most out of Viewranger app to get the upper parts of Stetind. The hiking trail is relatively intuitive until you found yourself jumping over the boulders scattered at 900 m over sea level.
The trail is very boggy so try to pitch out a tent in relatively dry places. Svartvatne lake close to the peak offers only some places for 1-person up to 2-person tent as there are too many rocks scattered around the area. If you keep being determined, you will find a camping spot. As for the place itself, it can make you dazed but from a landscape photography standpoint, there are not so many places for interesting composition at this height. After descending the peak, I found the perfect niche 600m from the mouth of the stetdtunnelen which gives an opportunity to take a look at the mountain from an absolutely wonderful perspective. The steep walls of the road can give delusively good landscape photography locations as I tried to climb up those moss walls and fern fields with my camera gear continually getting stuck in mossy holes.
There is another nice environment for photography in this area situated close to Steind waterfalls giving amazingly extraordinary conditions for long exposure shots. As for the pic and technical details I used Cano9n EOS 5D Mark III with lens EF 16-35 mm f/2.8LII USM. When it comes to settings I used 16mm/ƒ/9/80s/ISO 100. To change the dynamic range for this frame, I used Medium 0.3 ND grad filter from Lee to gently balance exposure as there was not so particularly definite transition between sky and foreground.