Coastal Norway. Erosion has shaped a landscape

Bird cries seem to claw at the bright summer sky. The birds themselves—puffins, gannets, gulls, guillemots—whirl in a tumult around the bluff islands rising from the water.   Erosion has shaped a landscape of sedimentary arabesques on the Varanger Peninsula.    Image © Orsolya Haarberg/National Geographic

We have put to sea about as far north as you can put to sea, off the uppermost cape of coastal Norway, high above the Arctic Circle. The boat pitches and heaves in the rockbound channels, and I rediscover an old truth. Seabirds are good at flying and floating, swimming and diving, and almost nothing else. They run across the saltwater until it seems they’ll never get aloft, and they land like heavy raindrops on the foamy spill from a crashing wave.

Coastal Norway, peaks of Norway’s Lofoten Islands

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Walled in by the towering peaks of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, Kirkefjorden seems a world unto itself.

Coastal Norway. Near the edge of Engabreen glacier

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Near the edge of Engabreen glacier, the contortions of time are visible in the sinuous infolding of stone.

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The images are from the November issue of National Geographic magazine.

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