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Nordic Landscapes : Photograpy by Nicolas Lietaer

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Lake Lomtjern, Norway
Lake Lomtjern, Norway. In spring, you will hear the unmistakable sound of the croaking and calling of frogs at this little lake in the forests north of Oslo. In autumn the area is a good place for picking cloudberries.

Autumn walk, Norway
Autumn walk, Norway. Autumn brings amazing colours and crispiness underfoot, making hikes a delight.

Water lilies on lake Lysedammen, Norway
Water lilies on lake Lysedammen, Norway. The Lysedammen lakes are easily accessible and are therefore popular for camping, bathing and fishing. The lakes have a thriving trout population.

Autumn walk, Norway
Forest harvesting, Norway. Norwegian forests have been exploited intensively for the export of wood for hundreds of years. Still today, wood and forest products cover about 9 % of the country's export of goods.

Femundsmarka national park, Norway
Glacier carved landscape, Norway. Thousands of years ago glaciers carved out today's Norwegian landscape. Over hundreds or thousands of years a glacier's weight combined with its gradual movement can drastically reshape the landscape.

Tree blown over by the wind, Norway
Tree blown over by the wind, Norway. A wind speed of more than 90 km/h (55 mph) is normally needed to blow over or snap large trees.

Enchanted forest, Norway
Enchanted forest, Norway. Thanks to a policy of restoring the forest resources, Norway has twice as much forest today as one hundred years ago, and the amount of forest is still increasing significantly every year. The most important tree species are Norway spruce (47%), Scots pine (33%) and Birch (18%).

Grass roof cabin in Hulderheimen, Norway
Grass roof cabin in Huldreheimen, Norway. Green roofs covered with sod on top of birch bark were the most common type of roof throughout Scandinavia until the late 19th century. They provide good insulation and are long-lasting.

Colorful autumn leaves, Norway
Colorful autumn leaves, Norway. The best time to catch the fantastic autumn colors in Norway is usually between the middle of September and the middle of October.

Lake Řyungen, Norway
Lake Řyungen, Norway. Situated in the north of Oslo, the water from lake Řyungen flows into lake Maridalsvannet which is Oslo's largest lake and the city's main source of drinking water. Some 80 percent of Oslo's inhabitants get their drinking water from that lake.

Misty hills in Hedmark, Norway
Misty hills in Hedmark, Norway. About 27 percent of Norway is covered in forest, which is little compared to its neighboring countries. Sweden and Finland have respectively 60 and 66 percent of forested area.

Scots Pine forest, Norway
Scots Pine forest, Norway. The bark of the Scots pine is quite variable, with the young bark on small branches being very thin and orange-red in colour. The bark on the trunk of mature Scots pine trees can vary from grey to reddish-brown and forms layered plates or flakes of up to 5 cm thick.

Cirrus clouds over the forested wetlands of Hedmark, Norway
Cirrus clouds over the forested wetlands of Hedmark, Norway. The forested county of Hedmark lies in the eastern part of the country, bordering to Sweden. With only 7 inhabitants per square kilometer it is one of the least populated counties in Norway.

Spiderweb in the forest, Norway
Spiderweb in the forest, Norway. More than 555 species of spiders are found in Norway. Some spiders are protected against frost by antifreeze agents in their body fluid, which prevents the growth of ice crystals at temperatures down to -7°C.

Enchanted forest, Norway
Lakes of Nordmarka, Norway. There are countless lakes in the vast forests that surround Oslo. Fishing is good in many of those with a particular abundance of trout and char.

Colorful autumn trees at lake Lysedammen, Norway
Colorful autumn trees at lake Lysedammen, Norway. The small characteristic peak seen in the background is called 'Hornet'. It reaches 506 meters above sea level.

Coniferous woodland with Scots pines, Norway
Coniferous woodland with Scots pines, Norway. The Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) is a species native to Europe and Asia. The bark is thick and scaly with a grey-brown color on the lower part of the trunk and an orange color on the upper part. They grow 35 to 45 tall and have a lifespan of normally 150 to 300 years.

Femundsmarka national park, Norway
Femundsmarka national park, Norway. The wildlife established in Femundsmarka includes elk, reindeer, musk ox, brown bear, wolverine, beaver, golden eagle and osprey. Also lynx and wolf pass occasionally through the area.

Tree house, Norway
Tree house, Norway. In Brumunddal you can sleep comfortably 8 meters up in tree top cabins with a view over Norwegian forest wilderness and in close contact with nature (www.tretopphytter.no).

Mushroom on an ant hill, Norway
Mushroom on an ant hill, Norway. At the end of August and in September, mushroom and berry picking are very popular. Wild cranberries, blueberries, cloudberries and many sorts of mushrooms are plentiful in the forests and mountains of Scandinavia.