Siberian husky on the top of
Fanaråken, Norway. Siberian husky's have a thick double coat,
consisting of a dense undercoat and a soft outer coat. This allows the
dog to withstand winter temperatures down to -60°C, but the coat also
reflects the heat during summer.
Beautiful sunset scenery from
Landmannalaugar, Iceland. Seeing the sun set over the multicolored
rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar is an unforgettable experience.
This mountain region close to the volcano Hekla is only accessable by
4x4 vehicles during the summer months, from june to september. After
that the road is closed.
Sunset scenery over
Jotunheimen, Norway. Due to the low angle of the sun at dawn and dusk,
the sunrays must pass through more atmosphere than at noon. As more of
the short wavelength blue and green light is scattered away, the skies
and clouds are left with the yellow, orange and red hues of the colour
Sunset onto Fanaråken cabin
(2.068 m), Norway. Every year there is the grueling Fanaråken duathlon,
which starts with 16 km of uphill biking from sea level to Turtagrø at
868 m and continues with a 8,4 km run to the top of the mountain at
2.068 m. The record time to be beaten is 2 hrs 28 min.
Pine tree in Femundsmarka,
Norway. The combination of large boulders, scattered trees and the
thousands of small lakes make Femundsmarka national park a unique
wilderness area in Europe. Its fauna includes carnivores like the
wolverine, lynx, wolf and brown bear, as well as reindeer, musk ox and
Iceland. This very colorful active volcano is found near
Landmannalaugar in central Iceland. It is sulfur, lava, ashes, iron and
mosses that give it its splendid colors. At the foot of the volcano
there is steaming vapor and active hot sulfur springs.
Silhouette of Innerdalstårnet
mountain, Norway. This mountain found in Innerdalen valley is often
referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Norway' due to its characteristic
pyramidal shape. It is a popular mountain for rock climbing.
Pink sunset over the norwegian
mountains, Norway. In winter, some of the roads across the mountains
have to close, so it is always advised to check if the road is open
before starting a journey across the mountains. How long the roads are
closed depends on the amount of snow and the weather conditions.
Scenery from Rondane national
park, Norway. Rondane is a high mountain area with ten peaks above
2.000 meters. Its highest peak is Rondeslottet at 2.178 meters. The
park is an important habitat for herds of wild reindeer.
Blue sky over Sognefjell,
Norway. The Sognefjellet road is the highest mountain pass in Northern
Europe, with its highest point at 1.430 m above sea level. On a clear
day it offers wonderful views of snow-clad mountains, glaciers and
River Koldedøla in
Jotunheimen, Norway. This river in the western part of the Jotunheimen
mountain range originates from lake Koldedalsvatnet at 1177 m. From the
other side of the lake starts a river that is the source of Vettifossen
waterfall, which has a free fall of 275 meters.
Sunrise over Hurrungane,
Norway. With 24 peaks over 2.000 meters, the Hurrugane mountains is one
of the most spectacular and beautiful mountain ranges in Scandinavia.
Some of the peaks can only be reached through rock climbing and glacier
View from Rondeslottet (2.178
m), Norway. From the highest peak in Rondane national park there are
great views over the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, the
snow-clad mountains of Jotunheimen can also be seen in the distance.
Beautiful fall scenery from
Turtagrø, Norway. From the mountain cabin at Turtagrø the views of the
Skagastølstindene mountains is breathtaking. In 1876 the British
William Slingsby became the first to climb the highest peak, Store
Skagastølstind (2.405 m). Since then, Turtagro has been a meeting place
for mountaineers in Norway.
Autumn in Rondane national
park, Norway. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Rondane national
park. By mid-September, the mountain slopes display the intense red
autumn colors of the birch and berry foliage.
Jotunheimen national park,
Norway. When hiking in the mountains one should always be prepared for
bad weather, even on a nice summer day. The weather in Jotunheimen can
change very quickly, and at this altitude snow can fall at any time of
the year !
Low clouds over the Rondane
mountain massif, Norway. Glacial erosion during the last ice age formed
the landscape of Rondane, ten thousand years ago. When the ice melted,
deep river valleys were carved into the bedrock.
Fumaroles and mud pots at
Námafjall, Iceland. The Námafjall geothermal field has it all : roaring
steam vents, boiling mud pools and extensive sulfur deposits. There is
also the characteristic rotten egg smell caused by the hydrogen
sulphide released by the fumaroles.
Sunset over Sognefjellet,
Norway. The Sognefjellet mountain pass offers fabulous panoramic views
over the jagged mountain range of Jotunheimen national park. The area
is easily accessible through the Rv55 road and a mountain cabin offers
accommodation and meals.
Twilight at lake Tyin, Norway.
Lake Tyin which is 1.000 meters above sea level is used to generate
hydroelectric energy. Construction of the power station started in
1910, but during the Second World War a German company took over the
station and 5.000 men worked on it and finished the plant in 1944.
Sunset on Landmannalaugar,
Iceland. With its colorful mountains, large lava fields, hot springs
and boiling mud pools, Landmannalaugar is a striking jewel of the
remote Icelandic highlands. This amazing area is truly a hiker's
Dark clouds on the mountain,
Norway. At the top of Fanaråken, 2.068 meters above sea level, the
average summer temperature is only 2°C. Fanaråken also holds the
Norwegian records for the lowest temperatures registered in June and
July with respectively -12,2°C and -8,3°C.
Cairn in Rondane national
park, Norway. All over the world handmade piles of stone indicate
mountain tops and trails. Hiking trails that are marked by the
Norwegian mountain touring association (DNT) are however clearly marked
by red painted 'T's. In all there are some 20.000 km of T-marked trails
all over Norway.
Mjølkedalstinden seen from the
Sognfjell mountain road, Norway. This characteristic mountain in the
middle of Jotunheimen national park is much easier to climb than what
it might look like. From the Olavsbu mountain cabin the top can be
reached in just over 2 hours.
Femundsmarka national park,
Norway. The landscape of Femundsmarka has hardly changed since the last
ice age, 10.000 years ago. When the glaciers receded they left behind a
desolated landscape of scattered lakes and large boulders. The
countless lakes and rivers make it an eldorado for fishing.
Mountain creek in Jotunheimen,
Norway. Due to climatic conditions the tree line at this latitude is as
low as 1.100 m, which is 1.000 m lower than in the Alps. As most of
Jotunheimen national park is situated above the tree line it has a real
alpine landscape and vegetation.
Sognefjell mountain pass,
Norway. In many of the lakes at Sognefjellet, one can catch rainbow
trout. There is no natural regeneration of fish at this altitude (1.400
meters), but every year one and two year old trout is released into
many of the lakes.
Rhyolite mountain in
Landmannalaugar, Iceland. The name of the 855 meter high volcano
Brennisteinsalda means sulphur wave, which comes from the sulphur that
colours its sides. It is well known as one of the most colorful
volcanoes in Iceland.
Autumn scenery in Jotunheimen,
Norway. Mid September, the hunting season in and around Jotunheimen
National Park opens. Game being hunted include wild reindeer, deer,
moose, grouse and hare.
Summer on Fanaråken mountain,
Norway. All over Jotunheimen national park large patches of snow remain
throughout the summer. The Sognefjellet summer ski centre maintains ski
trails all year round and many international cross-country ski teams
come there for their summer training.