Norwegian Fjords, Europe
Norway is located at the western part of the Scandinavian peninsula and extends almost 1,800 km from the southern to the northern border. Its coastline is one of the world’s longest, with a total length recently calculated at 80,000 – 100,000 km.
The long coastline results from the famous fjords, narrow inlets bordered by steep cliffs created by glacial erosion during previous ice ages. After the glacial melt and rebound of the Earth’s crust, seawater flooded the valleys, with some fjords becoming very deep: the Sognefjord (visible in the upper-left) has a depth of 1,300 m.
The PROBA-V 100 m image of 14 February 2017 shows large fjords and their sharp contrast with the surrounding snow-covered land area in southern Norway. From South to North one can see the Bokna-, Hardanger-, and Sognefjorden.
The white-textured area in the middle part is the Hardangervidda National Park, an extensive plateau at ~1,200 m altitude, with the wild reindeer as the most significant animal.