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Varanger Fjord in Norway Near Russian Border

70.0N 29.6E

December 14th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

Russia and Norway - December 11th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the Varanger Fjord (Varangerfjorden in Norwegian), left, a vast bay of the Barents Sea, near the border with Russia. It is approximately 100 kilometres (60 mi) long. In a strict sense, it is a false fjord, as it does not have the hallmarks of a fjord carved by glaciers.

The Varangerfjord in the county of Finnmark, is the easternmost fjord in Norway. Its mouth, between the city of Vardø in the north and Grense Jacobselv – near Kirkenes – in the south, is about 70 kilometres (40 mi) wide. The fjord stretches westwards inland to Varangerbotn in the municipality of Nesseby.

Geographic Extremes in Norway’s Finnmark County

70.4N 22.9E

May 17th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Norway - April 18th, 2010

Norway - April 18th, 2010

Finnmark is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway. Situated at the Northernmost part of continental Europe, where Norway swings eastward, Finnmark has always been an area where east meets west, in culture as well as in nature and geography.

Knivskjellodden in Nordkapp municipality (on Magerøya) is the northernmost point of Europe; Kinnarodden on Nordkinn Peninsula is the northernmost point on the European mainland. Honningsvåg in Finnmark claims the northernmost city of the world, and Vardø is the easternmost town in Norway and Western Europe. It is actually located further east than both St. Petersburg and Istanbul.

By land, Finnmark borders Troms county to the west, Finland (Lapland) to the south and Russia (Murmansk Oblast) to the east, and by water, 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. Some of Norway’s largest sea bird colonies can be seen on the northern coast. The highest point is located on the top of the glacier Øksfjordjøkelen, which has an area of 45 km2 (17 sq mi).

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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