Saturday, October 10, 2015

Norwegian Fjord Cruise (Part 2)

Dear Yes,Virginia... friends/followers.
It's Dr. John again. Today's post will be about our second port-of-call: Flam, pronounced "flome". Flam is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord - Norway's longest (200km/120 miles) and deepest (1600m/5280ft) fjord.

Our original excursion was "Norway in a Nutshell" which Rick Steves describes as follows: With
the Nutshell, you'll delve into two offshoots of the Sognefjord, which make an upside-down "U" route: the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord. This trip brings you right back to where you started 6.5 hours earlier--after cruising Norway's narrowest fjord, riding a bus along an impossibly twisty and waterfall-lined road, taking the train across the mountainous spine of the country, then dropping back down to sea level on yet another super-scenic train.

Unfortunately, just prior to our arrival, there was a bus fire in one of the tunnels, closing the one and only road available for this excursion. So it was cancelled! A big disappointment. I guess that is just part of the travel experience-no matter how meticulously you plan, sometimes things are out of our control. Fortunately, we were able to book another excursion at the last minute to the Stegastein Viewpoint instead.
So, on with the tour.

The Flam Railway Museum, located in the old train station, has exhibits about the history of the train that connects Flam to the main line up above.

Views form Stegastein Viewpoint, overlooking Aurlandsfjord.

Looking down on the town of Aurland.

One of many waterfalls.

The viewing platform.

Aurland again.

Salmon swimming upstream according to our tour guide (use your imagination).

Sailing away from Flam.

Above, multiple views of Sognefjord, as we head out back to the North Sea.
Hope you enjoyed this amazing scenery.
Our next stop is Geirangerfjord.

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Gunilla/Nilla said...

Thank you for showing such beautiful pictures. Our sons lives in Norway so maybe this is something for us to visit too.
Norway is a magnificent country with breathtaking nature.

Have a lovely weekend/Gunilla

Teresa Doyle said...

What beautiful pictures. The scenery there is just breathtaking. TFS!

Susi said...

Seeing pictures like this reminds me of just how beautiful our world is, with hidden treasures everywhere! Thank you so much for sharing these breathtaking photos of your trip with all of us!

Dotty Jo said...

Somewhere I've always wanted to go! Thanks for taking me along with you on this virtual tour, Jo x

Harriet said...

Stunning photos, Dr. John, thank you for the trip. The villages look charming, beautiful country.

Unknown said...

Looking at the photos of your journey makes me feel as thou I'm along with you. Yes, our world is big and oh so beautiful. Just numerous photos I see a stuffed animal..kitty? Who travels with you. In our schools here in the U.S. The kids have "Flat Stanley". He gets sent all over the world...sometimes....then at the end of the school year a report is submitted about his journey. Is that the same for your little kitty? Please tell us about him.

Virginia L. said...

Thanks for the sweet comments, everyone! Dr. John LIVES for comments! LOL
Connie: My pet cat Alexia has been traveling with my family since 2011. She never complains and is the perfect companion! The idea is much like "Flat Stanley". You will most definitely see more of Alexia's traveling.

Unknown said...

I can't get over Dr. John's photography...absolutely breathtaking pics, Virginia!!!

Brenda & Ian said...

We always-share these blog posts with my husband-enjoy going along with your travels. Some of the places we have been, but not always to the same spots eg London. We are avid travellers so it is good indeed to see a destination from an actual traveller's point of view. Norway is on our bucket list, so especially enjoyed this post. It reminds us a lot of our BC coast (our daughter and husband have taken us along the coast and amongst the islands for four summers) along with New Zealand. We took a HAL cruise round NZ last year. Looking forward to your next adventure.

Brenda in BC

conil said...

What a picturesque country...I had know idea. See, this way I can travel with seasoned travelers and I don't need an umbrella. Likely, it's more impressive when you're actually there, but I still love looking at Dr. John's incredible photos. They're stunning. Can't wait for the next installment.

CarlavdM said...

Wauw what a wonderfull photo's.
I'm really enjoying all of them.
Thank you for sharing Dr. John (and his family) ;o)

LauraJane:) said...

Nothing like the Blue of a deep fjord! Postcard perfect photo of the four red boat houses!

Gerry said...

Seriously, your photos are amazing! I enjoy all of the trips you take and really look forward to these trip reports. I am sharing with a friend who is Norwegian and travels to Norway each year. Keep traveling and posting!

Susanne Vargas said...

More gorgeous photos from your trip! Thank you! Can't wait to see Geirangerfjord!

Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures, love the waterfall... Thank you so much for taking the time to post your lovely pictures. I am more of an arm chair traveler so really love all the various pictures.

alexandra s.m. said...

It is as if we were there! (minus the rain ;)
Thanks Dr John! I can't wait to see more but in the interim: Happy Thanksgiving!

Anita in France said...

Spectacular scenery, Dr John ... and fantastic photography ... thanks so much for allowing us to travel with you! Anita :)

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful scenery! Thanks for the tour!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful photos! This trip is just amazing!

Unknown said...

absolutely breathtaking!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing! I have just been showing these photos to a Christian couple who live in Bergen. They have been urging us to visit Norway and I can see why. A cruise does sound very tempting!

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Dr. John! Thank you so much for sharing all of these beautiful photos with us! Sounds like you had a really marvelous vacation...too bad about the fire inside the tunnel, but thankfully you were able to book another excursion at the last minute :)

I think you were really smart to retire while you are healthy and young enough to enjoy all of these amazing trips with your family...Good for you! I also think your children are really blessed to have such wonderful parents like you and Virginia...Great colleges and traveling around the world ~ WOW!