Erlend & Orsolya Haarberg are a Norwegian/Hungarian couple. They have been working together as freelance nature photographers for the last decade, specializing in photographing landscape and wildlife in the Nordic countries. While Erlend was trained as a biologist in Norway, Orsolya graduated as landscape architect in Hungary. Orsolya moved to Norway in 2004, and now they are based in Trondheim.
They work in the field on assignments and personal projects more than six months a year. They look for the detail or the unexpected moment of light that adds atmosphere, drama or magic to a landscape. Working with wildlife, they document animal behaviour as well as portray animals undisturbed as part of their environment.
Their work has been widely published in Europe, including GEO and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Their first story for National Geographic Magazine entitled Iceland’s resilient beauty (May 2012) shows a glimpse of their work achieved during a ten months stay in Iceland. In November 2013 they reached a milestone in their continuing project "Coastal Norway" when NGM published their story Follow the water—journey to the heart of Norway. Their third NGM story about the largest wilderness area in Europe, the Laponia World Heritage Site, was published in October 2015. The Haarbergs are the authors of three books: Lapland – the Alaska of Europe; Iceland – land of contrasts and Iceland in all its splendour. They are multiple prize winners of the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Por el Planeta wildlife, nature and conservation photography competition; Nature's Best Photography Awards; Golden Turtle International Nature Photography Contest and GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Erlend Haarberg / Male Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) with a female and others standing in row, Iceland, March
Erlend Haarberg / Sun low above the horizon shining through frost-covered grass in pine forest, Klaebu, Norway, January
Orsolya Haarberg / Traditional wooden farm hut beside Lake Laitaure, with Skierfe mountain in the background, Aktse, Laponia, Sweden, sunrise, winter
Erlend Haarberg / Whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) calling in snow, Norway, December
Orsolya Haarberg / High angle view of person walking on frozen lake of cracked ice. Lofoten Isands, Norway. January. Highly commended in the Landscape Category of the Oasis Photography Competition 2017. Highly commended...
Erlend Haarberg / Frost-covered grasses in the pine forest, Klaebu, Norway, January 2010
Orsolya Haarberg / Lightning effects in the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, Iceland, May 2010
Erlend Haarberg / Two Norway lemmings (Lemmus lemmus) interacting on spring snow, Vauldalen, Norway, April
Orsolya Haarberg / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) jumping through snow with nut in its mouth, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
Orsolya Haarberg / Light inside tent - camping in the Riisitunturi National Park, with trees laden with snow, Lapland, Finland, February 2006
Erlend Haarberg / Svolvaergeita pinnacle and Svolvaer town at night, with Northern Lights. Austvaagoey, Vaagan, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway. October 2012
Erlend Haarberg / Northern light above Ellenvatn Lake, Ovre-Pasvik National Park, Varanger, Finnmark, Norway, February 2007
Orsolya Haarberg / Northern lights above the pine forest, Gjenvollhytta, Klaebu. Sor-Trondelag, Norway. March 2013.
Orsolya Haarberg / The Northern lights (Aurora borealis) viewed from Utakleiv, Vestvagoy, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway, March 2006
Orsolya Haarberg / Ash plume from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, Iceland, April 2010