Norwegian photography with Kjell-Jostein Sivertsen

Norwegian photography with Kjell-Jostein Sivertsen

Kjell-Jostein Sivertsen is a photography enthusiast who is originally from the far north of Norway, and who moved to Oslo almost ten year ago. Nordique is delighted to have caught up with Kjell, and to learn more about his passion for photography and his love for the Norwegian wilderness.

Nordique: Tell us about how you first got into photography:

Kjell-Jostein: “I was a late starter with photography. I took some photos when I was younger, but it was only ‘point-and-click’. After my father died, I discovered that he was passionate about photography when he was younger, and that triggered my interest.

With an increasing passion for hiking and wildlife, I wanted to share my experiences with friends and family, and that's when I realised I had to put more effort into teaching myself how to take better photos. I also found lots of inspiration going hiking with a good friend of mine who takes wonderful photos. Now, I'm dedicating more and more time to my camera, and I'm finally going to Faroe Islands (twice!) to see what I can capture there.”

Nordique: What are your favourite places in Norway to photograph?

Kjell-Jostein:You can't leave Lofoten out of a list like this. It's a stunning place. As a matter of fact, most of Northern Norway is really photogenic. Another favourite is Sørøya, almost as far north as you can get in Norway. We have such a varied landscape, with fjords, lakes, steep mountains, slow hills, vast woods - you don't have to travel far to find a new great spot for photos.”


This photo was taken on a beautiful winter day, around an hour from where I live. The air was so crisp and clear, and the path led us through this beautiful little forest where we could listen to birds chirping along the way.”


This bullfinch was scouting for food, and I thought his pose was fantastic - leaning over for a better view. Taken at the same spot as the two previous photos, a nice little place called Bokkedalen, where volunteers have put up a fireplace and a hide.”


“I fell in love with Sørøya in the far north of Norway the first time I went there. It's called the green island of the north, and is massive. It's sparsely populated, with villages on the east and west half of the island, but nobody in the middle, and no roads connecting east and west. This rocky coastline is one the eastern half, near Hellefjord. A seal kept us company for parts of this hike!


This old log cabin is situated in the woods not far from Elverum, and close to a viewpoint where you can see into Sweden. It looked so cozy in the sunset!


Skjærsjøen is a reservoir in Nordmarka, right north of Oslo. This was a spectacular fall day where we decided to go on a combined biking and hiking ride to the highest peak of Oslo. We stopped to make some pancakes and coffee on the way. The air was so crisp, and the autumn colours were really intense.


Akerselva is a river which runs through Oslo, and this photo is close to where it starts, at Maridalsvannet. The sunset made the reflections look so nice on the river, and I was certainly happy I had brought my camera on this walk.


This is the picture that made me realize I really wanted to get more into photography. I was staying at a cabin on the southern coast of Norway, and was sitting on the porch enjoying my coffee when the sun was going down. I ran to grab my camera when I saw how the colours were changing, and hurried to find a good spot to catch the reflections on the water.


This was my first photo to get reposted by a hub account! It's taken at the Fetsund Booms, which is a national cultural heritage center in the middle of some wetlands. It used to be a timber sorting facility, now it's more of a museum. You can walk out on the booms, and I was trying to find an angle that showed everything I wanted to present - the water, the booms, the surrounding forest and the autumn colours.”


This snowed-in cabin is at Venabygdsfjellet, a few hours north of Oslo. My former job had a company retreat nearby, and I saw this one while going cross country skiing. I loved how abandoned it looked in the massive amounts of snow!”


Mørkgonga is a ravine not far from Oslo, with spectacular views of Ringerike. The hike up there is really steep, there's even a wire rope put in place to you can support yourself.”

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Årsteinen is an island that's part of the Lofoten archipelago. It's one of the lesser visited spots in Lofoten. The water is so clear, the mountains so sharp. The two guys in the boat angling for fish had the time of their lives.


Risvær is another fishing village in Lofoten. The Risvær islands has a rich fishing history, but is mainly used as a holiday spot these days. The nearest store is on the mainland, and you need to have your own boat to get to the islands.


This photo was taken while going cross country skiing in Nordmarka, right north of Oslo! The weather cleared up nicely after a couple of days with snowfall, and I couldn't stop smiling during the whole trip. Surrounded by forests and snow covered lakes, with views like this is when I feel the happiest.

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