Kannesteinen sits on the coast near Oppedal on Måløy and this particular rock is unique in nature. The mushroom shape has been forged by crashing waves and grinding stone over thousands of years. Access to the rock itself is easy, while access to the overall location is, as I found, quite restricted. The island on which it sits is accessed by a series of ferries and bridges from the ‘mainland’ and I shot it at sunset in the summer, which meant I was there until late at night. The photos were well worth the effort, however that might be because I don’t mind putting in the effort.
The rock is unsurprisingly surrounded by lore, and is geologically sound despite its thin appearance. Depending on your imagination it can be a mushroom, a wine glass, or in my case I saw a whale tail in photos but in person it looked altogether different. The name literally means ‘kettle stone’ but once upon a time the locals called it ‘Kannestolen’ meaning ‘kettle chair’ as it resembles something of a kettle and a one legged chair. The appearance of a thin base is the result of forced perspective by us sneaky photographers because that thin base is, despite being thin, actually quite deep.
Shooting this location was very peaceful, owing to it’s remote location. The only people I bumped into were fellow photographer Espen and his wife, and a local lady walking her dog at sunset. If it weren’t for the hungry midges it would have been perfect.
The stone itself is about 50 paces from the road, where there is space for about 5 cars to park. There is a wooden walkway as well to make access very easy, and the land itself is privately owned but according to Norwegian law it is public access. The stone is incredible, I absolutely loved just being there, and the demonstration of the power of nature and its accomplishment as an artist is mind-blowing. If you get the chance to visit Kannesteinin, do it!