17th of May - Norway's national day by Asgeir Helgestad

There are two days during the year that all shops close down. It's the 1st day of Christmas and 17th of May, our national day. It is a celebration during which almost everybody dresses up and gets out in the streets. Here is a picture from our capitol, Oslo, with the king's castle at the end of Karl Johan street.

Black grouse by Asgeir Helgestad

From capercallie to black grouses. Getting a little bit tired after nearly 2 week sleeping in a tent filming the display of the the two species. They wake you up at 04:30 in the morning! Last night there were 17 males and 6 hens. All grabs from Red Epic. 

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Capercallies by Asgeir Helgestad

Spring is on in the Norwegian forest, and the display of capercallies and black grouses is among those activities I just need do enjoy during the end of April. Normally I spend about a week in the forest during these days, filming and photographing these birds from a blind. I suppose its just with me as it is with the birds - I wake up after a long dark winter and feel so much alive. All grabs from RED Epic

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 It could be a hard night.

It could be a hard night.

 Listening - any more hens sitting up there in the trees?

Listening - any more hens sitting up there in the trees?

HORNBORGASJöEN by Asgeir Helgestad

Every year the Scandinavian cranes drop down at Hornborgasjöen in Sweeden on their way from the winter-location in Spain, to the hatching grounds in Norway and Sweden. Fifteen years ago, I saw about 7,500 cranes at their peak in mid-April. This year the peak reached 23,000 cranes on the 3rd of April, which has only been beaten with 26,000 birds two years ago. From being a quite rare bird found in remote areas in the mountains and in Lapland, they now appear more and more in the south of Norway as well, and can often be seen on farm land looking to eat frogs and insects.  All photos are grabs by Red Epic.

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SVALBARD by Asgeir Helgestad

Ten days at beautiful Svalbard together with Arnt Mollan have come to an end. This time our mission was to film "activities to do" in the winter time for the biggest tour-operator on Svalbard, Spitsbergen Travel (SPITRA). Dog-sledging, ice-caving, snowmobile safari exploring the Arctic and have fun in Longyearbyen etc. After some days of snow and grey weather, it finally turned into blue skies and some fantastic colors as the sun is just under the horizon coloring the atmosphere like you would never believe possible. In February, total darkness will turn into midnight sun in just 2 months (21st April), and this time of the year might be the most beautiful in the Arctic. 

YELLOWSTONE by Asgeir Helgestad

Back home after a fantastic week in Yellowstone and US, with bisons, wolves, coyotes and hot thermal springs in the world's oldest national park, the Yellowstone. Nowhere else can you expect to see wolves in the wild in just a few days, and Yellowstone delivered exactly as it has done before :) While there, I got company of three very talented, nice guys from Red Digital Cinema, Jonathan, Matt and Jay.  RED is a California based company (Hollywood/Irvine), which produces the wold's best Cinema camera ever.  Now they wanted to see me in action using their equipment in the wild, and they joined me for some fantastic days! 

 Matt, Jonathan and Jay

Matt, Jonathan and Jay

 Photo Matt Klamm

Photo Matt Klamm

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Antarctica, Falkland & South Georgia by Asgeir Helgestad

Back home after three weeks in Antarctica shooting a commercial/product film for the cruise-line Hurtigruten (see video). It is interesting to see what Norwegians left down in Antarctica after they killed their last whales. 

 South Georgia is one of my favorite destinations on this planet. King penguins in Fortuna Bay.

South Georgia is one of my favorite destinations on this planet. King penguins in Fortuna Bay.

Falkland Islands is home for a big number of Black Browed Albatrosses. 

 Lehmer channel in Antarctica.

Lehmer channel in Antarctica.

 Young elephant seal at South Georgia.

Young elephant seal at South Georgia.

 A dream came true when this bird flew alongside the ship. Wandering Albatross known to be the bird that has the widest wingspan of all birds - up to 3.6 meters! The length of this bird  is about 1.3 meters.

A dream came true when this bird flew alongside the ship. Wandering Albatross known to be the bird that has the widest wingspan of all birds - up to 3.6 meters! The length of this bird  is about 1.3 meters.