It’s been just over a year since I posted scenes from our cruise ship en route to Norway. Life and other travels have delayed posting the photos from the country itself. I think it’s about time. Norway is not only breathtakingly beautiful it is also keenly aware of social responsibility. We found that refreshing. Our only regret was that we were not able to spend more time exploring the fjords. Might have to go back someday.
Our ports of call were Bergen, Flam, Geiranger, Alesund, and Stavanger. Let’s take a look:
Bergen is a charming town. Part of the old town is a UNESCO site. This view of Bergen is from a funicular.
It’s understandable why this portion of Bergen is considered a UNESCO site – such unique buildings! Many of them are leaning or crooked, but still standing. And very colorful.
Flam: Our first, fabulous, fjord. The Sognefjord is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. It stretches 127 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The fjord reaches a maximum depth of 4291 feet below sea level and some of the mountains surrounding the fjord are up to 5900 feet above sea level. Flam is situated at the end of Aurlandsjord which is a branch of the main fjord (see the lower right corner).
We enjoyed an early morning ride on the Flam Railroad into the mountains.
In the afternoon we had a great time riding in a Rigid Inflatable Boat from Flam to Naeryfjord.
Geiranger. While cruising along Geirangerfjord we passed the Seven Sisters Falls:
We were able to tour a cooperative farm in the high meadows which produced a wonderful cheese.