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A day in Døråldalen and Rondane part 1 – Getting ready

Døråldalen, the colorful neighbor to Rondane national park

Part 1: A day in Døråldalen and Rondane
Part 2: The waiting game
Part 3: The lunar eclipse
Part 4: The sunrise

It’s a beautiful place in the fall time. The last time I was here was two years ago. You can check out my previous post En tur til Døråldalen (In Norwegian).

This time we wanted to witness the lunar eclipse that would occur around 4 in the morning. I got some decent photographs from this trip. So instead of cramming all of the keepers in one blog post, which would be messy, I will split the images into four blog posts.

Døråldalen fall colors

How to get there

I got some questions on the last post about Døråldalen on how to get here. If you use Google maps, you can click this link, and choose the driving direction from wherever you are. If you are driving via Gudbrandsdalen, do a stop in Ringebu. We have a “Village photo gallery” on the walls in the street:).
Just remember to have some cash for the toll road. 50 NOK, no credit cards.
Update: The barrier has been updated, and now only accepts credit cards.

Earlier that day, I got a message from one of the guys from the local camera club that they would also be there. So I drove there early to met up with them. On my way there, the clouds were covering most of the valley. But there were some gaps in the clouds. The light would only shine for a couple of seconds. When I was coming around a turn, I got a glimpse. I stopped the car and hauled ass. Running to get a better view. I was just a few seconds late – the light was disappearing just when I pushed the shutter. I just managed to get an exposure reading before the trees were in the dark.

Døråldalen with the Rondane mountains in the background


Døråldalen to the east




The cell phone reception is pretty much non-existent here, so I couldn’t reach them on the phone. So I just drove, hoping I would spot them on the way. And just when I reached the usual parking spot, Jon and Thomas came walking. They’d been here for a few hours already. We set up camp just beside the road, and made some simple dinner, and relaxed with a cup of coffee. The weather was nice. No wind at all and the temperature was alright. But the clouds blocked the sun.

The mandatory phone camera selfie. Sorry, Jon, for the not so flattering image :)

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After dinner, it’s time for some sun

Later, we went to a nearby pond where I and many many others have taken gazillion pictures. But no wonder. It’s absolutely gorgeous there!
I recently bought a LEE big stopper, a 10 stop filter. Haven’t gotten around to try it out properly until now. It’s as dense as welding glasses! I had set the exposure timer for 3 minutes, but then I noticed the awesome colors just above the mountains. I wanted to get some close-ups before it was too late, so I stopped the timer at 148 seconds. Seems like that was just enough.

The nameless pond with the Rondane mountains in the background:

Waiting for the lunar eclipse. Not the worst place to wait :)

Up close and personal

I got to try out the new Nikon 200-500mm lens from Jon. I’ve always wanted to get some detailed shots of the mountains.

The part of the mountains in these photographs is several hundred meters tall and wide. The Rondane mountains all reach around 2000 meters above sea level. Døråldalen is around 1100 meters above sea level.


Close up of Høgronden


Close up of Digerronden


Close up of Nørdre Smedhamran

Close up of Rondane

A half-hour later, the yellow turns to orange. Nørdre Smedhamran

It’s awesome to get that close where you almost can feel the mountain. The lens is awesome. Plenty of sharpness even wide open at F5,6, which is the lens’s widest aperture. And the image stabilizer works really well. I can handhold it at 500mm and 1/80th even!

The sun is down, cue the moon

Opposite of where the sun sets, comes the moon. But the clouds covered its entrance, so we didn’t see the moon before it peeked from behind the clouds.

Supermoon makes it's appearence

I find moon rises quite exciting. Watching it when it rises from behind the mountains.  I got to borrow Jon’s lens again. 500mm, and I can’t get closer than this. Weird to think that people have walked up there.

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After the moonrise, we made a fire. To keep us warm, and it’s cozy as well it looks cool on images:). Only 6-7 hours until the lunar eclipse now.

Fire under the moon light

Part 2: The waiting game.


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  1. Fantastiske bilder, Tor Ivan!

  2. Olav Gundersen 22/08/2016 — 13:23

    Utrolig flotte bilder!
    Det er slike bilder som gjør at jeg kaver meg ut på mer eller mindre veloverveide turer hit og dit, men er ikke i nærheten av ditt nivå. Men lærer mer for hver gang jeg prøver.
    Jeg lurer litt på hvor det er i Dørålen du har vært, dette mystiske lille vannet. Hvordan er det med parkering der inne? Jeg har kjørt enn kort tur der, men det var mørkt, så fikk ikke noe god oversikt. Er det her? : https://www.norgeibilder.no/?x=231914&y=6886523&level=14&utm=33&projects=&layers=&planned=0

    • Takk for hyggelig kommentar :) Ja det er akkurat der. Rett over vannet (sett ovenfra) er det plass til 4-5 biler. Er ikke mange hundre meter fra selve vannet. Dette er ca 10 km fra hovedveien. Ellers er det muligheter for parkeringer både før og etter, dog et stykke unna. Mange fine plasser å stoppe.

      Du får ha lykke til. Sakte men sikkert så får man det slik man ønsker. Kanskje vi sees der senere i høst? :)

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