By Joyce Deng, Foster Undergraduate who is participating in an exchange with the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway.
I was thrilled to be accepted into Foto NHHS, the photography club at NHH. One reason was that I have always wanted to learn more about photography, another was that joining a club is the best way to meet new people here, especially the Norwegians. Soon after the recruitment period was over, there was a 4-day road trip to Geiranger. Geiranger is one of the most famous fjords in Norway, and it is about a 6-hour drive from Bergen. On the first day we spent almost the entire day driving to our cabin site. It took way more than 6 hours because we stopped to eat lunch and grocery shop. Also, when the group consisted of 23 photographers, we made frequent stops along the way to take photos. Even though it was a long car ride through narrow and curvy roads on the mountains, I didn’t mind it at all because I could sit in the car and stare at the beautiful nature forever.
When we got to our cabins, it was like a dream come true for me–staying at a cozy cabin in the mountains was definitely on my things-I-want-to-do-in-Norway list.
For the next two days, we drove around the area to various viewing points to take lots and lots of photos of the amazing Norwegian nature. We even visited a local chocolate factory in the Geiranger city center and tasted some unique, award-winning chocolate made with local ingredients.
I really enjoyed this trip because enough time was dedicated to taking photos and chatting with each other over dinner, as well as after dinner. I also loved our cabin because it was small but cozy, and the interior had traditional decorations that looked like it was built a hundred years ago (it obviously wasn’t that old–everything was in pretty good condition and wifi was available fortunately). It was a great opportunity to get to know the members of the club, and bond over cooking together, eating together, and spending long hours in the cars together.
I think that taking a road trip in Norway is the best way to experience its nature because you get to see a lot more in a car than on other forms of transportation. Also, you have the flexibility of stopping whenever something amazing comes up and you wish to get out of the car and take some photos. In Norway, that moment when an amazing view appears and you can’t help but go out there with your camera will surely happen often. For us, that moment probably came up about every 20 minutes, so I got a lot of opportunities to play around with my camera in manual mode and try to capture the beauty of Norwegian nature in the best way possible. I am truly thankful that I have the opportunity to stay in Norway for a long period of time and experience different cities in Norway with a diverse group of people who share the same interest in photography as me.