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North Sea and Norway to Sweden and Gulf of Bothnia

63.5N 12.4E

July 22nd, 2011 Category: Mountains

Norway and Sweden - July 14th, 2011

This image stretches across Norway (left), on the coast of the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea, to Sweden (right) and the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. The two countries are separated by the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna).

The coast of Norway is rugged, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands. The fjords, best observed in the full image, appear as dark blue line reaching inland from the coast.

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).

Phytoplankton Bloom Off Norwegian Coast – August 12th, 2009

70.4N 22.1E

August 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Norway - August 6th, 2009

Norway - August 6th, 2009

Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton

Bright green and blue phytoplankton color the water off the northern coast of Norway, in the Norwegian Sea. The colors of the bloom are most intense by the west coast of the island of Sørøya (center).

Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic Ocean, of which the Norwegian Sea is part, and the Arctic Ocean during the summer. This is due to the long hours of sunshine that allow organisms to reproduce and feed off the nutrients that had accumulated during the short, cold days with little light of the winter months.

The Scandinavian Peninsula: Norway and Sweden – July 13th, 2009

61.9N 12.6E

July 13th, 2009 Category: Clouds, Image of the day, Snapshots

Norway and Sweden - June 29th, 2009

Norway and Sweden - June 29th, 2009

Situated in Northern Europe, Sweden (right) lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula.

To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Here, this chain of peaks is capped by snow.

Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe, and shares a 2,542 km land border with Sweden.

To the west and south, Norway is bordered by the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and Skagerak. The Barents Sea washes on Norway’s northern coasts.

The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches over 2,500 km and over 83,000 km including the fjords and islands.

Here, a large convective cell looms near the northwestern coast of Norway, while, below, wispy remnants of condensation trails from airplanes hang over southern Norway and Sweden.

Southern Coast of Norway

59.9N 10.7E

May 23rd, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Snapshots

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway - May 12th, 2009

Norway comprises the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe. The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches over 2,500 km and over 83,000 km including the fjords and islands.

Here, the southern part of the country is visible, bordered by the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea, and Skagerak to the west and south.

Due to the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies, Norway experiences warmer temperatures and more precipitation than expected at such northern latitudes, especially along the coast.

The southern and western parts of Norway experience more precipitation, and have milder winters than the south-eastern part.

The lowlands around the capital Oslo (partially covered by clouds, far right center) have the warmest and sunniest summers, but also cold weather and snow in wintertime (especially inland).

However, average temperatures have risen the last decades, decreasing the amount of days with snow cover in the lowlands.

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