From the frozen north of Svalbard to the deep fjords of the south, the #EarthCapture community take you to the heart of wild Norway in 16 breathtaking shots.

Land of the midnight sun, northern lights, rugged coastline, deep fjords, towering mountains, the artic fox and polar bear.

If New Zealand hadn't been available, Peter Jackson could have easily set Middle-earth in Norway instead.

Norge or Noreg to locals, the Kingdom of Norway lies on the west coast of the Scandinavian peninsula, with the archipelago of Svalbard to the north in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Norway doesn't muck around when it comes to seasons, each with its own distinct personality. The country's ever-changing landscape is a photographer's dream.

Six talented Norwegian members of the #EarthCapture community take us on a photographic tour of their incredible homeland.

Busy uncovering untamed Svalbard is tour guide and photographer Pieter-Jan D'Hondt.

Pieter-Jan gets to experience this unique part of the world year-round, but it's these icy shots that capture Svalbard at its most extreme.


It was while cooking his way around the world on a cruise ship that Sven-Erik Knoff developed a taste for photography.

Originally from Oslo, Sven-Erik travelled around the world for many years before returning to his native Norway in 2012 to work for Visit Trondheim.

Finally able to turn his passion into a day job, Sven-Erik jumped headfirst into the world of professional photography.

He says the best thing about photographing his homeland is the variety each new day brings.

"I love the natural world of Norway; there is always something new," he says. "There is beauty around every corner."

Also in Trondheim is student Maia Solberg Økland. When she's not busy studying physical geography at NTNU, you'll find Maia photographing the wonderfully diverse beauty of her country.

From the dense forests of the east to the fjords and mountains of west and the rolling landscapes of the south, Maia loves Norway's natural diversity and its well-defined seasons.

"You learn to love summer with the green grass and colourful flowers even more after a dark and cold winter."

Originally from Trondheim, Ellinor Alseth Opsal is currently studying Evolutionary Biology at the University of Exeter in Cornwall.

Ellinor photographed the animals of Namsskogan Familiepark for a research project.

"The natural world of Norway has always been a great love of mine."

She especially loved photographing the park's playful arctic foxes, throwing snowballs for them to chase around.

The park's lynx also holds a special place in her heart, as the big cat was rescued from a life in a laboratory.

As a child, Ellinor's family would stay in a small cabin her grandfather built in the serene surrounds of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.

"The mountains of Norway are a magical place to grow up and it is where I feel the most at home."

Walking through the mountains one day, this herd of reindeer took Ellinor by surprise.  

"From a distance it seemed more like a moving black cloud."

Martin Kielland is a freshwater biologist specialising in fish biology and lake restoration.

Martin is part of a diving and photographing trio who recently published a book, Livet Under Overfladen, filled with pictures of their underwater adventures in Denmark, Sweden and, of course, Norway. He captured these photos in Bergen – the gateway to Norway's iconic fjords.

"It is amazing how many creatures and colours you find even in cold waters."

Vegard Vistad lives in the small southwestern city of Sandnes. With majestic fjords and mountains a short drive from his home, Vegard has one of the world's most impressive backyards.

"There's no shortage of beautiful scenery. I feel that nature is never far away," he says.

Vegard's beautiful panorama of Revsvatn (Fox's Lake) is actually three photographs stuck together. It captures a typical, but beautiful, Norwegian landscape.

"I think I'm pretty lucky to live where I live," Vegard says. 

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