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Fjords Indenting Coast of Norway’s Finnmark County

April 3rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Norway - April 2nd, 2009

Norway - April 2nd, 2009

The jagged coast of Norway’s Finnmark and Troms counties is visible here. Finnmark is in the extreme northeast of Norway. In area, it is Norway’s largest county; however, with a population of only 72,000, it is also the least populated.

By land it borders Troms county to the west, Finland to the south and Russia to the east (visible in the full image). By water, it borders the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic Ocean) to the northwest, and the Barents Sea (Arctic Ocean) to the north and northeast.

The coast is indented by large fjords, which in a strict sense are false fjords, as they are not carved out by glaciers. The highest point is located on the top of the glacier Øksfjordjøkelen (Øksfjord glacier, 45 km²).

The nature varies from barren coastal areas facing the Barents Sea, to more sheltered fjord areas and river valleys with gullies and tree vegetation. In the interior is the Finnmarksvidda plateau, with an elevation of 300 – 400 m, with numerous lakes and river valleys.

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