Exploring the fjords of Norway

If you’re ever in Norway, you must visit the fjords – expansive inlets of sea between mountainous cliffs. During my weekend in Bergen, I spent a whole day trailing through the mountains’ dark tunnels and lush green scenery on a guided tour and fjord cruise to Nærøyfjorden, Flåm and Stegastein viewpoint. I remember that morning was dreary, cold and dark as I waddled through the rain to get to the minibus at 8am. We started the day freezing our butts off haha. The weather did light up as the day went on and was pretty much perfect by the time we hit the fjords.

favourite shot of the day – the view from Stegastein viewpoint.

1st stop – Tvindefossen waterfall

Passed through Stalheimskleiva to Gudvangen. When I took this photo, the bus was slowly descending towards the valley on one of the steepest road sections of Northern Europe. A bit of a thrill ride, considering how sharp the turns were on narrow roads.

2nd stop – Stegastein viewing point 650 metres above the fjord, hanging 30 metres from the mountainside with a panoramic view of the fjord.

And now Flåm! Flåm is a village nestled at the end of Aurlandsfjord with a transit area for passengers travelling via rail, ferry and road. We had an opportunity to explore the shops and have lunch whilst awaiting for our ferry to arrive.

And I never passed an opportunity for hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun. This is summer in Norway guys haha.

Our sweet sweet ride. With spacious indoor seating and a large outdoor deck that zig zagged around the ferry. Although inside is much more comfortable and warm I prefer to stay outside for clearer views ^_^  The ride through the fjord was approximately 1 hour back towards Gudvangen. I can’t describe it any better than just being the most serene experiences of my life. You can hardly hear the boat’s engine, there isn’t any wind or rustling. Just moments of pure silence. Some passengers were even napping because it was that peaceful haha. I loved the little houses perched along the side of the fjords and wonder what it would be like to live there.

 

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