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I was inspired
to write this page after a spectacular journey with Hurtigruten: the
voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes in early March 2020 on MS
The idea of this site is to give the interested, non-specialist reader some further information on the geology and landscapes you will see during this voyage, by pointing you to relevant sources of information.
MS Nordnorge in Molde, Norway, with the Rondane Mountains behind, March 2020. Photo: Roger Suthren
Introduction to Geology and Landscapes
See the links and book suggestions on the home page
A good place to start is the excellent book The Making of a Land - Geology of Norway. You will find a copy of this lavishly illustrated 'coffee table' book in the Science Centre library on MS Maud. Preview in Google Books. Chapter 2 gives a good general introduction to geology, using examples from Norway.
General information on the Geology of Norway
- The Geology of Norway (Geological Survey of Norway - NGU)
- Simplified geological map of Norway
- Bedrock geological map of Norway (pdf from NGU)
- Interactive geological maps (NGU)
- Norway through time (NGU)
- Geology in everyday life (NGU)
- Use of geological resources (NGU)
- Norwegian minerals and rocks
- Photos of some Norwegian rocks
- Norway is on the rebound - and getting higher
- Lecture: The Dynamic Geological History of Norway (57 minutes)
Information on specific parts of the coastal voyages from Bergen to Kirkenes (and beyond)
South of Bergen
Bergen to Trondheim
- The bedrock of western Norway
- What is a fjord, and how was it formed?
- Geology of the Bergen area
- Photo Essay on rocks in Western Norway
- Landscapes of Western Norway
- Rock avalanches in the fjords
- Fjords of Western Norway
- The Norwegian Glacier Museum
- High-pressure rocks at Selje by the Traveling Geologist
- The Storegga Slide. About 8,200 years ago, giant submarine landslides off the coast of Norway produced devastating tsunamis across the North Atlantic. Video 1 (4.5 minutes) | video 2 (9 minutes).
Trondheim to Lofoten
- Geology of the city of Trondheim
- Building stones of Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim
- Thousand-year-old cathedral surrenders its secrets, stone by stone
- Trollfjell Global Geopark, including the mantle rocks on the island of Leka. Explore the menus near the top of the page.
- Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park from space (NASA)
- Fauske Marble: Norwegian Rose Marble pictures | Marble varieties | More photos | Marble xylophone
- The 'maelstroms' of North Norway from space (NASA)
Lofoten to Tromsø
- Geological map of the islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen
- 'Fossil earthquakes' in Lofoten
- Plankton bloom in the Norwegian Sea (NASA)
- Geological map of Tromsø area
- The Lyngen Alps
Tromsø to Kirkenes
- Landscape and geology in Seiland National Park
- Norway's petroleum resources. If you get up very early in the morning on the northbound Hurtigruten, you'll get a good view of Melkøya as the ship leaves Hammerfest. The large Equinor plant here brings in natural gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea, and converts it into liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is then exported in tankers. The carbon dioxide which forms part of the gas is removed and re-injected deep offshore, so that most of it is not released into the atmosphere.
- The Varanger Peninsula
- Varanger Peninsula National Park
- Geological photos from Finnmark, including 'Reusch's Moraine', a glacial deposit over 600 million years old.
- 10 places to visit in Finnmark
This page is maintained by Roger Suthren. Last updated 22 September, 2022 10:15 AM