One Sogn og Fjordane native has assembled nearly 100 photos into a virtual journey quite unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Some people express their love for home with more gusto than others. Take Ove Kristian Leirgulen.
With drones, helicopters and a 360 camera, the photographer and drone operator has shot 360 degree images of his entire home town of Bremanger in the picturesque county of Sogn & Fjordane.
The result is Bremanger360, a website where visitors can journey through a string of panoramic views of Bremanger and look around freely. The 360 images are brimming with the coastal town’s glittering fjords and steep mountains, among them Hornelen, Northern Europe’s highest sea cliff.
Bremanger360 has been assembled by Leirgulen’s company Romvesen, aiming to show off the town where he grew up.
“This is the best town in Norway, and the people who live here are the best in Norway. This is where I want to live, and I want to show that to the rest of the world.”
The project was sparked by Leirgulen and his colleagues looking through surplus footage from jobs they’d done for the local travel industry.
“We realised we’d covered half the town, so I just went and shot the rest of it. After that, we assembled it all and published it as our Christmas gift to the town.”
There are nine months between the first image and the last, from spring to winter. According to Leirgulen, the image filesizes and resolutions are enormous.
“The largest image is 320 megapixels.”
On the website, there are two modes of navigation – travelling from location to location by clicking within the image or by bringing up a map of all the locations from the right hand side menu.
The journey around Bremanger may take you a while – there are around one hundred red dots spread across the map. And more are coming.
“Some spots are still missing, like the field of petroglyphs over at Vingen, but we’re adding all the town’s attractions as we go along.”
Leirgulen’s top three Bremanger360 recommendations:
Et bilde publisert av Mats Grimsæth (@matsgrimseth)
“This is the coolest of all the images, and the best view in all of Bremanger. See if you can pick out the milkmaids at the top.”
Et bilde publisert av Bjørnar Hovland (@bj3rrn)
“An old mountain farm by Ålfoten where there were once cows.”
Et bilde publisert av Merete Repvik Olsbø (@merrepols)
“To find this one, you may have to search around for a bit. It’s not that the images are terribly pretty, but this is where I was born and raised.”
The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The surrounding mountain areas are amongst Norway’s most popular hiking areas.
This steep Flåm railway ride may be the prettiest VR experience we’ve seen.