Norwegian Fjords – Day 4

Day 4: Bergen to the Sognefjord

From Bergen, we passed through Voss. Although we stopped at Voss for a few minutes to catch a Bergen railway train, I would’ve liked to stay here for at least a day or two. Voss is the place for the extreme sports like base jumping (I would never) and other stuff like that.

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We transferred at Myrdal to get on the Flam railway. Every Norway first timer must to this one. It’s a slow descent from the mountain tops to the village of Flam. Usually there are clouds in the beginning but they clear soon enough as you descend. There is even a short stop where everyone gets off for 5 minutes to see the Kjosfossen waterfall. For some reason, there was loud music and a woman dancing in the distance. Must be part of the train ride service.

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Flam village is the at the base of the Aurlandfjord; one of the many branches of the Sognefjord.

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Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. When cruising the fjords, you are in between sheer mountain cliffs, snow peaks, and cascading water falls/streams. Originally, the plan was to cruise from Flam to Gudvangen via the Aurlandsfjord and Naeroyfjord but the engine failed on the ship we were on. Nothing works out 100% in life. I wish I could describe the Naeroyfjord and the drive through the Naeroy valley, Stalheim Canyon, and Vika mountains to Vangsnes. But I can’t since we ended up switching to a ferry which sailed from Flam all the way to Balestrand. Either way, we ended up sailing through the main artery of the Sognefjord, which is cool too I suppose.

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We stayed at the Kviknes hotel, which had some of the best buffets period. Also, the views weren’t too bad either.

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It was a clear night and we saw the sunrise around 9 :30 pm. Actually, it was a moonrise.

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