This is Norway: Water

The first in a new series of photo essays bringing the best of Norway's stunning natural environment to your screen.

The relationship between people and the water in Norway is as tight as Brits and their tea. Whether it's coastline, fjord, lake or river, water is everywhere in Norway and Norwegians make the most of it.

Fjord cruise in Norway

Trollfjord

The Trollfjord is one of Norway's narrowest bodies of water. There's no roads anywhere near this thin slice of beauty near Lofoten, so if you want to see it, you have to take to the water. Organised trips leave Svolvær harbour every day during the summer.

Fjord trip

Fjord boat trips are a common tourist activity, but they're also a critical mode of transport for locals too. Despite lots of bridges and tunnels being built in recent decades, local ferries still provide a lifeline for small communities all across Norway.

Atlantic Road

With so much water, engineers have to get create. The Atlantic Road hops, skips and jumps across islands and skerries to link Averøya island with the mainland. In addition to the road trippers, it's a popular destination for deep sea fishing and birdwatching.

Nidelva river Trondheim

Trondheim river

The Nidelva river bends around Trondheim‘s compact city centre and is lined with these beautiful former trading houses. The Old Town Bridge that crosses the river is one of the most photographed spots in the city. This wooden pier is a recent addition, designed by architecture students from the city's science and technology university, NTNU.

Famous viewpoint of the Geirangerfjord in Norway

Stunning waterfalls in Norway

The country's most famous fjords are close to the west coast. Here, the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites like the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are characterised by steep green sides with abandoned farmsteads perched precariously on the clifftop and slender waterfalls tumbling down into the water.

The viewpoint at Reine, Lofoten

Svolvær Lofoten

The dramatic Lofoten archipelago is arguably Norway's most beautiful region. The first image shows the village of Reine at the western end of the islands, while the second is the harbour of Svolvær, the biggest town.

Unfortunately the islands are creaking under increased tourism, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for this idyllic region.

Svinesund Bridge

The Svinesund Bridge is a popular border crossing between Norway and Sweden. The bridge carries the E6 highway 200ft above the sound and is filled with cars making the journey between Oslo and Gothenburg, and to Malmö and Copenhagen.

Sandnes, Norway

All of Norway's biggest cities are located by the coastline. Sandnes is located close to Stavanger and makes up one of Norway's biggest metropolitan regions after Oslo.

Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock in Norway

The spectacular Lysefjord is within easy reach of Stavanger and Sandnes.

The famous Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) pictured above is a popular tourist attraction but can only be reached by a relatively demanding two-hour hike from the nearest car park at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

A partly-frozen lake in Norway

The harbour at Honningsvåg in northern Norway

Arctic Norway

Norway in winter

While most pictures of Norway highlight the rare good summer days, much of the country's coastline lies north of the Arctic circle. While the sea doesn't freeze, lakes often do and are sturdy enough to skate on and ski over.

Nordkapp

Midnight sun at Nordkapp

At the very north of Norway, the North Cape (Nordkapp) cliff overlooks the chilly ocean towards the very top of the planet. Crowds flock here at midnight during the summer months to see the midnight sun.

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

3 Comments

  1. What a gorgeous photo essay of Norway and her Waters! I so appreciate you
    sharing the beauty….. Water, among other things, traditionally symbolizes “spirit”
    and “freedom” —- freedom from the earthbound….. and one can imagine, with those
    massive, impressive mountains pressing down upon our little humanity, waterways
    in Norway were cherished as both literal and figurative roads to freedom.

    The Waters lighted our imaginations for what was possible!

    Once again, thank you so much for all you share of my ancestral home .
    I hope to make the full circle and live there again some day.

  2. I just returned from a trip to Norway and can’t wait to go back to see the rest. Great pictures but none can do justice to the Majesty of the scenery

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