This is, in my opinion, the most picturesque lake in Norway. I think this place has all the things people associate with Norway. There was also a glacier behind me when I took this shot, so it was really magical. The lake is called Jølstravatnet (Jølster Lake), located between Førde and Sogndal by Sognefjorden. It's a popular place among tourists as it's close to the fjords and Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier in Northern Europe. Fjærland, a small village known as the "Book village", is located just 10 km south of the lake. Fjærland is also famous for the glacier museum.
I really recommend to visit this lake if you're visiting Norway. I think it's a beautiful sight while driving on the road along the lake. This was actually taken at a rest stop where we eat breakfast. Of course, I couldn't resist taking some photos also.
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SaidQirimli (480) 2010-02-11 12:32
What a wonderful photo you've represented!
Very beautiful and impressive landscape!
Amazing colors and contrast! Perfect POV!
Excellent Shot! Looks like a picture from the fairytale book.
Thank's for sharing!
Clementi (52514) 2010-02-11 12:37
you are perfectly right this it is Norway in mine imaginary.
if a day I will visit the Norway I will remember your suggestion on this place. extraordinary image a small angle of heaven with some colors and a sky fantastic.
PaulVDV (20471) 2010-02-11 12:41
Indeed a very beautiful lake enclosed by the mountains and the nice thing on this picture is that you've included the river with the white water making a curve on the foreground.
Best regards, Paul
maximage (15535) 2010-02-11 13:03
Superbe image!!! Magnifique paysage.
ivtchik (836) 2010-02-11 13:15
C'est une très jolie photo. Le cadrage est très bon, avec la rivière, partant d'un angle pour aller se jeter dans le lac, inséré entre les montagnes comme dans un écran: cela donne une photo de paysage très dynamique.
Les couleurs et le contraste sont parfait.
boa (5698) 2010-02-11 13:45
there`s no doubt why you stopped here, it`s an unbeatable breakfast view ! Very good Pov, is it a stone bridge to the left? A good choice to include the powerful river in the foreground, a great note also.
Have a nice evening.
Manamo (3654) 2010-02-11 14:24
that is a damn fine landscape! it starts with the strong river and the green patch, then the mountains and the lake and finally a well-textured sky.
The various layers work together finely and harmoniously
You also balanced the colors VERY well. It's not always easy to have the right white balance, but here, it's really well done!
This is landscape 101 kindly presented to us by Fredrik Henriksen!
I was wondering, was there a slightly higher point of view on the lake?
Thanks, you really make me wanna go there and visit your country! It seems so beautiful! You should take a look at this photographer, he took fine pics of Norway too: http://www.trekearth.com/members/lonelywolf/
Have a pleasant day!
bema (26279) 2010-02-11 23:26
good morning and thank you for showing us this just typically sight of your beautiful country.. very god take, i like it !!
hasve a nice day, kind regards Bernd
dta (62996) 2010-02-12 1:36
Hello Fredrik ,
A superb valley , with an excellent POV , to show us both the river and the lake . The clouds add to the beauty .
Nicou (116458) 2010-02-12 2:30
quelle vue, la folle rivière quis e fraie son chemind dans ce vert, en furie, avec les doux fons, ce ciel au mileu de la cuvette,, ce colline et les pentes, quel ensemble, grandiose.
bravo et amitié
andywo (4723) 2010-02-12 3:24
What a fantastic place! Very nice shot and beautiful, natural colours. Wonderful sky.
Thanks for sharing,
janneman (2476) 2010-02-12 5:20
Well, indeed NOrway at it's best!
I've been three times in Norway and every time I was astonished about the beauty of all the landscapes. You must be proud to live in such beauty!!
Love the brightness of the blue and white in the sky and the intense deep green colours in the forground.
raszid62 (18583) 2010-02-12 7:58
This picture is actually the definition of the whole charm of Norway. Mountain stream blowing to fjord, surrounded by high mountains. Great composition, great colors and sharpness.
saxo042 (36912) 2010-02-12 9:29
This picture contains some of the most basic elements in the beautiful Norwegian landscape; the streaming river, the lake (or a fjord?) and the steep slopes of the mouintains around. Very enjoyable!
manudautriche (4344) 2010-02-12 10:40
Belle photo de grand espace scandinave avec beaucoup de verdure et un ciel grand et magnifique qui rend une belle lumière.Et la riviére nous emmène astucieusement vers le fjord au loin ce qui donne de la profondeur a l'image,bravo.
lousat (72361) 2010-02-12 14:46
This pic is simply fantastic,remember me the Ravensburger puzzle...you know? Wonderful composition,great sharpness and colors,and a beautiful sky to complete the spectacle.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend! Luciano
baddori (19157) 2010-02-14 11:31
Hi , you are FB member ?
Thanks for your passage.
Landscape, for me, and then northern fascinating.
Depth of field and sharpness.
anokutan (15097) 2010-02-15 12:10
A superb valley , with an excellent POV , to show us both the river and the lake . What a fantastic place. Very nice shot and beautiful, natural colours.
jalab_temen (2193) 2010-02-15 15:04
Wow, I love this U compo centered by the lake surrounded by natural beauty. Although it is not a really original photo I love it becaouse as you mentioned it seems so typical Norvegian, and I think everyone loves is preconceptions are confirmed :) Thank you for sharing! Best regards, Jalab
skippy007 (12510) 2010-02-15 16:40
Hello Fredrik, I can understand why you would want to take a photo of this magnificent scenery, it would have been a shame not to. Excellent saturation of colours & tonal contrast. I also like the inclusion of the flowing river, it adds some contrast & depth. Well done. Compliments
delpeoples (52497) 2010-02-16 1:48
Hi Fredrik, I've never seen Norway, but would have to agree with you about the beauty of this lake. It ranks among the world's most beautiful, judging from your excellent photo. The composition is superb, as is the sharpness, depth, light management and colour-rendering. It is such a natural, jaw-dropping photo. Congratulations and have a beautiful day, Lisa
LeeLoo (0) 2010-02-16 6:32
Dear Fredrik Henriksen!
Amazing valley. Wonderful landscape. Superb clouds. Spectacular view.
alper_ayhan (581) 2010-02-16 8:16
Breath-taking view! I just wish to be there at this moment :)
The sharpness and the depth of focus is great...
gentedilivello (3095) 2010-02-16 10:06
this wide valley is very nice! Your image is sharp and clear, the colors are superb. Very well done!
pasternak (15177) 2010-02-17 4:43
I know this place!
We were staying in Fjaerland in 2007 and we passed this lake several times when we went North. I think this place is near the tunnel which goes to Fjaerland. The nature there is indeed awesome, all these U-shaped glacier valleys... and this photo conveys the beauty of the place very well. Excellent.
ktanska (24138) 2010-02-17 4:50
That wildly flowing rapid is well placed to add extra charm on this beautiful lake and mountain landscape. Sunny weather with some clouds is just perfect.
macjake (52184) 2010-02-17 20:16
I'm impressed with this
For my personally, i'm not very good at these wide open nature scenic type of photos! you would put me to shame here!
The U shaped scene creates depth by swallowing the viewers eyes gradually down the middle of the frame.
Wonderful, absolutely breath taking.
Waylim (25070) 2010-02-17 22:17
Beautiful! This kind of landscape make Norway my future destination, beautiful nature, pristine setting, so refreshing. Great composition and POV, looking through the valley with the two mountians on the side, that lead us far into the distance. Layers of elements, river, hills, lake, distant mountians and beautiful sky. Good technical quality with good sharpness and clarity. Love it.
Ascot (325) 2010-02-18 23:59
Good morning Fredrik, this is indeed most beautiful. You have really caught the spirit of Norway, with the glaciated mountains, fast flowing rivers and blue lakes. Excellent definition, a wonderful sky and a magnificent wide angle point of view as well. It's good, especially at the moment in winter, to be reminded that Norway can be so green in summer.
We hope to take a trip up to this area this year, so this photo is especially interesting for me.
Venlig hilsen, Amelia
IgorDeleze (585) 2010-02-19 10:00
You're right it exactly the idea I have about Norway. I really like your country.
A very nice landscape picture.
Juntas (7958) 2010-02-22 9:14
Hi Frederik. A really wonderful place that seems out of this world. The colors are great and sharpness is very good. The point of view is very nice and gives a great depth sensation. A great job. Thanks for your interest in my gallery. Have a nice day.
ellelloo (6570) 2010-02-23 4:27
A wonderful photo from a very typical Norwegian landscape. The title fits very well to this photo. A good POV and composition. A beautiful fjord like lake surrounded by impressive mountains. The river on the foreground is a nice detail. Excellent depth and sense of wideness. Good natural colours and clarity. An inviting view!
Greetings from very snowy south Finland,
Buin (42260) 2010-02-23 9:11
This isn't a photo - this is a dream! An all around perfect photo - and a very beautiful one. Yes, Norway at its best! A picture "to dream into..."
Greetings from Germany where spring seems to be on its way!
ls7902 (7314) 2010-02-24 3:40
Yes. This is also the Norway I have in my mind. I visited Norway in the early & mid eighties. I would love to go again. Beautiful rapid leading into the lake. Nice vegetation, clouds, and mountains flanking the lake. Regards. Latiff.
Charo (51210) 2010-02-24 10:30
Fantastisk utsikt over de mest berømte fjord i Norge. Naturen er flott og vakker naturlige farger.
Excellent perspektiv og veldig vakker himmel.
oncel (1407) 2010-02-25 7:08
Very beautiful view photo with brilliant,pure colors.The river foremost is looking awesome.
John_F_Kennedy (42042) 2010-02-25 23:45
Very nice summer shot. Good exposure. Great saturated colours.
have a nice day,
jimkil (1720) 2010-02-27 17:00
Wonderful shot Fredrik
Same kind of views as the South Island, well handled light and colours with stunning cloud formations. Maybe worth another visit for dusk or dawn, the vista certainly fantastic as is the rushing water in the FG.
Cretense (68685) 2010-02-28 4:25
Fantastic place, excellent landscape photography! Great POV, excellent framing and composition, amazing perspective! Flawless light management, beautiful colours!
yedirenk (11244) 2010-03-01 16:24
This is an unique nature scene from beautiful Norway.untouched and eye catcher view.depth,colours and sharpness are excellent.very impessive atmosphere.well done.TFS
adramad (35375) 2010-03-03 6:43
Superb photography that shows us this wonderful landscape, good idea to include this stream in the foreground, gives greater DOF on the composition, beautiful colors in the woods and mountains, a magnificent sky full of beautiful photography.
Bluejeans (64247) 2010-03-15 6:39
Ola Fredrik ,
Que beleza de fiorde com este lago no meio , a natureza e bem pura , muito bonito este rio no primeiro plano com aguas selvagens , gostei muito do céu , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jemaflor (80752) 2010-03-18 5:25
Great norvegian landscape, well framed with the creek in the fg, perfect light for beautiful colors, good composition with this fjord, tfs.
siam2005 (1566) 2010-03-21 9:07
great landscape in your shot.
Fantastic POV and beautiful prospective.
SweetPain (34) 2010-03-22 12:09
Hi there Fredrik,
Your photos shold not be counted :p
Its not beautiful because of you man, It is beautiful itself... :)
No no no... Just a joke...
It is a good job, I liked it a lot...
Your other photos are also emazing which means you are a good photographer in a wonderful country :)
One day (hopefuly), I ll listen to your recommendation and whatever it takes,I ll come to Norway...
Thanks for sharing...
Best regards, Salih...
pajaran (48477) 2010-03-23 11:19
Dobro vece, kode nas je pocela prva prolecna kisa.
Reka nas vodi ka jezeru i predivnom kanjonu prelepe prirode, lepe boje i fotografija, odlican rad, cestitam.
Lepo je ovo gledati, daje mir i odmor za oci.
Prijatno vece, Paja.
Good evening, kode we began the first spring rains.
The river leads to the lake and the beautiful canyon of beautiful nature, beautiful colors and photos, excellent work, congratulations.
It is nice to watch this, it gives peace and rest for the eyes.
A pleasant evening, Paja.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-03-24 4:03
A plain lovely landscape image, I like this mountains curve with the lake at the bottom, and the foreground river adds highlights to raise the luminous impression
Have a nice day Jy
cdmonson (4478) 2010-03-24 11:51
Fantastic shot of an oft-photographed (but never overdone) place. I like your shot better than many that I've seen in that you've included the river in the foreground. It leads the eye across that valley to the lake in the distance.
Norway is one of my dream places to visit--my last name is Norwegian, and my great-great-grandfather was from Drammen. Shots like this make me wish I could go now. :)
Fante (5429) 2010-03-27 2:17
beatiful landscape photo. It's really show us the true face of Norway. Amazing POV and great DOF. Perfect sharpness with strong vivid colors. Great composition. Bravo
TopGeo (38168) 2010-03-28 0:12
Hi Fredrik! It is a splendid region and very beautiful photograph! Gave also the first and level of background with detail and clarity the colours the nature and the composition with the beautiful frame impress
SWEETFREEDOM (21634) 2010-03-29 9:37
yes this is what i associate when i think to Norway. You caught this lanscape with a great d.o.f., the forest, lake and mountains are all fantatic.
giorgimer (34804) 2010-04-05 7:45
I agree with you, it's a really magical place, wonderful environment, excellent composition
photoray (10195) 2010-04-17 8:03
Yes indeed your picturesque valley, lake and mountains looks like a postcard and reminds me of our glacial valleys in the American West.
jannematt (4) 2010-04-17 10:08
I love all your pictures. You are very talented photographer. But you know it!
Pablo25 (3184) 2010-04-27 11:38
beautiful landscape very well captured. Natural colors and excellent composition make your photo eye-catching. I really like it.
romalek (3108) 2010-05-25 11:06
Beautiful mountain views, great colors and very good sharpness.
mvdisco (17658) 2010-06-26 15:11
What a beautiful landscape from Norway!
great colors and light,
well presented and composed picture,
Amazing light and contrast,
I like it..and a great shot .
all my compliments
bona (12237) 2010-07-02 14:46
Hi Fredrik, this is a very impressive photo. The place is marvelous with suberb green and blue colors. The depth of field is amazing. The river seems to have cold walter, is it fresh for drink?
clic (14154) 2010-07-09 8:46
Many compliments to this worderful sky of Norway, to the glacier who dug such a well-balanced valley and of course, to the guy who hiked a lot for discovering the splendor!!
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Alco (6578) 2010-09-13 21:39
This landscape is fantastic.There are so magnificent things to observe in this picture.I like the torrent of the river contrasting with the calm lake.The colors are very nice.Very well done.
s_lush (16134) 2010-10-14 23:31
This picture with the such a picturesque landscape really make me willing to visit such a beautiful country as Norway. The scene was very well composed and perfectly captured. Excellent job!
fds (7330) 2010-10-19 9:48
fantastic scenary great mountain
i visit this in 2008 very beautiful norway
zoomer (6) 2011-02-15 16:48
The grandeur of this land is most impressive.Land and sky unite in this picture in perfect harmony.Friendly regards Wolf.
danyy (0) 2011-08-10 0:14
il n'est pas étonnant que cette photo soit ta photo la plus cotée, le paysage est magnifique et comme tu le dis, tellement typique de cette région et de ce pays.
Beaucoup de fraicheur avec ce torent au premier plan, le fjord qui le poursuit, un ciel magnifique.
Compostion naturelle remarquable.
Matthew-Watt (6043) 2012-10-12 21:25
Superb view of this very inviting lake and mountain scenery. It is very typical of beautiful Norway. Yours is a great country which I plan to visit in the future. It has a similar look to parts of New Zealand and Canada. The rush of water in the foreground leading to more placid water in the background are good elements when combined like this. Great photography.
- Copyright: Fredrik Henriksen (Bergenphotos) (2300)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-04
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS300D, Canon EF 18-55mm, 58mm HOYA UV(0)
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2010-02-11 12:27
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