Fjord: Although normally used to describe a saltwater inlet, in eastern Norway a long, narrow fresh water lake is also called a fjord (though this differs from the English use of the word: see fjord). Randsfjorden, mapped on the left, is the largest example of an inland fjord.
Jávrre: (Lule Sami) or jávri (Northern Sami): These refer to larger lakes. The largest lake in Norway predominantly known by its Sami name is Siiddašjávri, which lies partly in Nordland but mostly in Sweden. Vuolep Sårjåsjávrre, also straddling the Nordland-Sweden border, is the largest with the Lule Sam ending -jávrre.
Luoppal: (North Sámi) is a narrow lake with one river running into it, one river running out from it. May be difficult to distinguish from a temporary widening of a river.
Fewer than 400 of Norway's lakes have an area of more than 5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi). The total collective area of these lakes is estimated at 17,100 square kilometres (6,600 sq mi) and the total volume at 1,200 cubic kilometres (290 cu mi).
The following list shows the top ten lakes in Norway in terms of surface area.
^ abSami terms for lake taken from the glossary on P.94 of Laponia World Heritage Area, ed. J.L. Battle, printed Ågrens, Örnsköldsvik, 2001, ISSN0283-9636. Available online from the county administration of Norrbotten, accessed 3 April 2006.