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Lyngen Alps in Northern Norway

69.7N 20.0E

February 27th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Norway - February 17th, 2010

Norway - February 17th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows mountains and fjords in northern Norway, near the border with Sweden. The Lyngen Peninsula is visible in the center of the image. It is dominated by the Lyngen Alps, a mountain range in northeastern Troms, east of Tromsø, mostly in the municipalities of Lyngen and Balsfjord.

The mountains follow the western shore of the Lyngen Fjord (east of the peninsula) in a north-south direction. The length of the range is at least 90 km (depending on definition, there are mountains all the way south to the border with Sweden), and the width is 15–20 km.

The mountains are of alpine character, popular among extreme skiers. The highest summit is Jiekkevarre, 1833 m, the highest in Troms; Store Lenangstind is also a prominent mountain. There are several glaciers in the mountains. Lyngen Alps are sufficiently high as to give rain shadow in the interior lowland areas east of the mountains.

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.