17'th of May - Norways national day. by Asgeir Helgestad

There are two days during the year that all shops close down. Its 1'st day of Christmas and 17'th of May, our national day. Its a celebration where almost everybody dress up and get out in the streets. Here is a picture from our capitol, Oslo, with the kings castle in the end of Karl Johan street.

Black grouse by Asgeir Helgestad

From capercallie to black grouses. Getting a little bit tired after near 2 week sleeping in a tent filming the display of the the two species. They wake you up at 0430 in the morning.. Last night there was 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 are among those activities I just need do enjoy during the end of April. Normally I spend about a week in the forest in 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

All grabs from RED Epic

It could be a hard night work..

It could be a hard night work..

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

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

HORNBORGASJØEN 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 Sweeden. 15 years ago I saw about 7500 cranes at their peak in mid April. This year the peak reached 23 000 cranes on the 3'rd April, witch 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 in out in the farmers land looking for frogs and insects to eat.  All photos are grab from Red Epic.

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SVALBARD by Asgeir Helgestad

10 days at beautiful Svalbard, together with Arnt Mollan has 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 before seen.  In February totally darkness will turn into midnight sun in just 2 months (21'st April), and this time of the year might be the most beautiful found in the Arctic. 

YELLOWSTONE by Asgeir Helgestad

Back home after a fantastic week in Yellowstone and US, with bisons, wolfs, coyotes and hot thermal springs in the worlds oldest national park, Yellowstone. Nowhere else can you expect to see wolfs in the wild during just a few days, and Yellowstone delivered just like before :) While there I got company of three very talented, good guys from Red Digital Cinema, Jonathan, Matt and Jay.  RED is a California based company (Hollywood/Irvine) who produce the wolds 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). Material from this trip is also subject to be used in a film for my public broadcaster, together with some small information-videos about what Norwegian 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 come true when this bird come alongside the ship. Wandering Albatross kmown to be the bird who has the wides wingspan of all birds - up to 3.6 meters. The length of this bird  is about 1.3 meters.

A dream come true when this bird come alongside the ship. Wandering Albatross kmown to be the bird who has the wides wingspan of all birds - up to 3.6 meters. The length of this bird  is about 1.3 meters.