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See Norway’s west coast through one of Europe’s hottest photographers

Check out these beautiful shots of the Norwegian west coast by photographer Kyrre Lien, who just made Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

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Every year, Forbes Magazine assemble their prestigous 30 Under 30 lists in an number of categories, highlighting young innovators and influencers in various fields. In the media category this year, Norwegian photographer Kyrre Lien (26) was listed as one of 30 Europeans to keep an eye out for.

“It felt really great to get that message and being considered good at what I’m doing”, Lien tells Visit Norway.

His main clients are The New York Times and Norwegian newspaper VG, and in 2014 he won the Norwegian award for Best picture. His inclusion on the list is down to his innovative working practices, utilizing elements like interactivity, 360 videos and infographics in order to tell his stories.

“A lot of the themes I grapple with are quite heavy, sometimes making it hard to get through to readers. In my experience, you need to experiment a lot with storytelling techniques in order to engage them.”

His job as a photographer has amongst other things brought Lien to conflict zones such as Eastern Ukraine, Gaza and Burma, but he also finds time for quieter assignments. Back in August of 2015, he went out on a road trip for Visit Norway along the west coast of Norway, snapping images all the way up to The Pulpit Rock.

“These assignments are stimulating in a different way, you get to experience things you might not have otherwise”, he says.

“If your work is only focused on war, misery, and hate speech, taking a break from it is very welcome.”

Here are Lien’s five favourite images from his 2015 road trip.

Hanna Heider Hov and Stine Solvang on their way up to the Kjos waterfall

Aurland

We strapped ourselves onto a rope and climbed up a hillside covered in mud and rain. Having a waterfall booming right next to me while being guided by these girls working as hulders (a type of forest nymph in Norwegian mythology) by the Flåm railway. They’ll sit inside a tiny hut behind the ruins in their regular clothes. When the train stops, they pull on their hulder outfits, go outside, dance for a couple of minutes and go back inside to read a book or watch tv.

Georg Olafr Reydarsson Hansen by the Otternes Bygdetun courtyard

Georg (top image) is an amazing and generous fellow, funny and great on camera. There is a kind of national romanticism present in this picture with the mountains behind him, his expression, the wild beard, his rings, and his hands. It all comes together, the scenery being as majestic as his character.

Trollveggen in Romsdalen

Trollveggen

This image describes the sensation one can have coming in contact with nature, of feeling very small compared to the grand landscape. This was my first time seeing Trollveggen (the Troll’s Wall) in person. Standing at the bottom staring up at this wall that is 1,700 metres high, you do feel pretty tiny.

On the bridge with captain Per A. Hove on the Nærøyfjord

Nærøyfjorden

My first time on a boat in the Nærøyfjord was an amazing nature experience. Standing besides captain Hove felt like a privilege, he knew every corner of the fjord and all the small villages. Whilst he explained something, the boat kept sailing slowly but steadily. A very good day at work.

A tourist relaxing in the Nærøyfjord

Nærøyfjorden

A funny picture. I’m attracted more towards weird everyday situations than striking nature vistas. Here, I feel I might be offering a more realistic perspective than the picture perfect image of towering mountains and amazing nature you usually see. There are a lot of tourists here, and a lot of them get tired. This guy got himself into a comfy sleeping position and remained like that for quite some time.

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