The diversity of the terrain along the coast of Norway is remarkable. More than a thousand fjords have been identified and named. These are the most spectacular traces of the ice streams which had shaped this land during the Ice Age, allowing the sea to penetrate the Scandinavian mountain chain like thin fingers of salt water.
The country is less than two thousand km long from north to south, but its coastline is in excess of a hundred thousand km. Fjords, archipelagos and strandflats make the Norwegian coast one of the most complex land edges on earth. It embraces warmer temperate areas to icy arctic and hardly any other coastlines can rival its dramatic beauty.
We started working in the coastal areas of Norway in 2005, when we decided to include Helgeland, the Lofoten Islands and the Varanger-peninsula in our book about Lapland. After the book was published in 2008, we returned to these regions several times on assignment for Helgeland Reiseliv and on our own initiative.
The dimensions of the project changed dramatically when we were commissioned by National Geographic Magazine to continue this work. In 2012 we spent four months photographing fjords, archipelagos, forests, glaciers and birdlife along the coast. The story “Follow the water – Journey to the heart of Norway” has been published in the November 2013 issue of the Magazine.
In 2014, we spent the dark season in the Lofoten Islands, and we have plans to continue our work along the coast of Norway in the coming years. More publications are about to come...