It was some years ago, when the idea of seeing the cold sea came to us for the first time. That is how we set off to the Baltic Sea. This journey promised neither epic destinations, nor breathtaking occasions, in fact, it was quite short and, as we would say now, even homely. But there was one thing that made us remember the trip for the rest of our lives and did influenced the rest of the routes we have chosen. It was the first time we saw a northern sea. As we were approaching, the sound of our footsteps was joined with perfectly rhymed sound of waves – deep and rolling, seemed more like a roar. When we climbed up the dune, the roaring water was accompanied by the wind howl and we had first impression of the colors – all dark-grey, almost leaden. At last, we saw it – dark, restless and in some way rigorous: the Sea. That is how it all started. Since that we got obsessed by the north. Why? We are not quite sure. Maybe it is the severe and calm beauty, which sinks deeply inside with special warm melancholia, that evokes desire to create.
This way our desire to visit beautiful and cold destinations lead us to the Arctic. And this summer our dream came true – in July we made a journey to Spitsbergen. At the same time we got an invitation to shoot stunning landscapes of the Faroes for Visit Faroe Islands. And, as we had never been to Iceland, why not to drop in this wonderful country also. This is how our journey combined three most incredible places of Scandinavia. This how our #big_nordic_trip was started.
Each of these places is genuinely unique and is worth a separate post, maybe even a couple of posts. That is why it is only a prologue to our journey, as we want to make a set of posts about each place with detailed description and tips. So, if you have questions or themes, that you would like to be covered in the stories, feel free to write them down in the comments below, and we will take them in our most careful consideration in the upcoming posts.
Spitsbergen – wild, unpredictable land, where going out of the city without a gun is not a good idea, as there are twice more polar bears then people. The only road leads from the city to the airport, other places can be reached only by boat, snowmobile or dog sleds. Here, a three-hour walk can bring not a single soul alive. Here, the summer sun keeps vigil in the midnight as well as in the noon, while winter is lacking a single sunshine. Like nowhere else, here, among frozen mountains, you feel that closeness to nature and there is nothing inside but calmness and peace.
The Faroe Islands
Without any exaggeration, the Faroe Islands for us is a second home. The first time we were here a year ago we fell in love with them first last and all the time. This is a country with no two similar roads – every new turn involuntarily makes one’s mouth open and one’s hands start looking for a camera. You ask yourself every moment whether this landscape is real. But the Faroes – is not just a beautiful scenery for us. They are filled with memorable places and, what is more important, meetings with warm and openhearted people. Here, in the cliffs of lost in the ocean islands, among "flying" waterfalls, we felt how close to us the people living here. Leaving the place for the first time, we promised to come back. And we came back. And we will definitely come back again.
All the pictures of Iceland, all the stories about this wonderful country just cannot make you aware of what you are going to feel when seeing the local landscapes from the airplane window. And this emotions will not leave you until your legs bring you back home down by the boarding ramp. Every minute here brings you another astonishing sight that seems more like another planet than the native Earth. Yes, and one more important thing – turn off the music in the car, as the wind song is much more exiting.
We have always dreamt of any of these places. But we could not even believe in the fact that we would visit all of them in one journey until we came back to the home doorstep after a month of adventure. We will never forget this journey, as it brought us so many memories, emotions and new useful knowledge. And we hope to share this knowledge here with all of you, so feel free to ask questions, tell us in the comments, what you would like to know about visiting any of these places, and we will try to reflect your requests working on the posts. See you soon!