RUNAWAYS : NORWAY

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Norway is blessed with one of the moodiest landscapes in the world. In the far north, where the towns thin out in the hostile climate, smaller beacons for tourists searching for a warm place to sleep and a glimpse at the Northern Lights, there’s a surreal emptiness to the landscape as snow, mountains, and lake’s – the natural world – abide.

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“I’ve never seen such deep, dark blue light before. All you could see was the cold dark water, it looks black, and then there’s these big white mountains coming out of the water.”

In recent years scores of tourists have flooded the arctic cirlcle, often in Norway, to escape the comforts of home. To solace in places where the natural world dominates the comforts we’re used to in the man made world. As a consequence, towns in Norway nd Northern Europe like Tosmo and Navik – which lie inside the arctic circle – have become the new destinations of choice.

So when you’re in the office dreaming of a way to escape the monotony of working life, look at exploring places that are barely inhabitable on a mass scale. The places that are considered too harsh for settlement, and thus, untouched by the modern world.

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“You really feel so remote and isolated from the rest of the world.”

We’ll leave you with the photographs of Melbourne photographer, Brook James, who captured the stillness and quiet of the landscape of Northern Norway in awesome detail. Travelling in a van from Abisko in Northern Sweden to Navik and Lofoten, Brook and his girlfriend found something rather profound in a world without the scars of man.

These are the photos from his runaway.

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