The Norwegian Sea lies between Norway and Iceland, separated from the main part of the north Atlantic by the submarine Faeroe–Iceland Ridge. Although situated at high latitude, this sea is kept free of ice by the warm, salty North Atlantic Drift, which flows from the southwest between Scotland and Iceland and continues into the Barents Sea as the Norwegian Atlantic Current. This relatively warm water is the reason for the Norwegian port of Bergen’s reputation as the wettest place in Europe, with rain expected at least 275 days a year.
- Area 534,000 square miles (1.4 million square km)
- Maximum Depth 13,020 ft (3,970 m)
- Inflows Central North Atlantic, numerous Norwegian fjords