For most photographers, when it comes to fantastic landscapes, Norway has some of the world’s best views with its dramatic panoramas. These include awesome mountain areas as well as gigantic, majestic Fjords. Whether shot in the daytime or evening, each image taken by landscape photographer Haakaon Nygaard is a breathtaking scene.
The Norwegian lensman typically uses a Canon EOS 5D mk II for his work, where the Norway landscape acts as his playground. Nygaard spends much of his time hiking through the natural areas of the region, shooting endless scenes that can be only described as epic or magnificent. Nygaard uses photography to show his passion for nature and can turn some of the most beautiful views into vivid, overwhelming photos.
Norway is a once in a lifetime destination and the core of its appeal is quite simple: this is one of the most gorgeous countries on earth. Norway includes the western part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe, and its rugged coastline, marked by immense fjords and seemingly countless islands.
Norway has a common 1,619-kilometre land border with Sweden, 727 kilometres with Finland, and 196 kilometres with Russia on the east. To the north, west and south, the country is bordered by the North Sea, the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and Skagerrak.
Much of Norway is characterized by mountainous or high terrain, with a large variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and a diverse topography. The most evident of these are the fjords: deep grooves that slice into the land flooded by the ocean after the end of the Ice Age.
Numerous glaciers are also found in Norway. The land is generally composed of hard granite and gneiss rock, however sandstone, slate, and limestone are also common, and the lowest elevations have marine deposits. Due to the Gulf Stream and prevailing westerlies, Norway has higher temperatures and more precipitation than usual at such northern latitudes, particularly along the coast.
The spectacular natural landscapes of Norway are photographed with great proficiency by Nygaard. Ranging from snowy mountain vistas imbued with pink by the low winter sun to striking Fjords shot at dusk, Nygaard no doubt has a style all his own.
See his impressive work here.