The Fjords

Today we travel from Bergen to Oslo passing through the Fjords, one of the world’s natural wonders. Most tourists choose to travel this route using the very well known “Norway In A Nutshell” tour, which is more like a package of pre-booked public transportation tickets. This tour package comes with a cost premium, so with a little more research, Eitan was able to book the exact same route for about $80 cheaper per person. Boom!!

From Bergen, we took a train ride to the city of Voss, where we would transfer to a bus for the next route.

We had to wait for the bus for about an hour. Eitan went to take some photos of the lake while Sarita guarded our bags against the dangers of Norway and it’s super high crime rate (that was sarcasm by the way).

The lake was beautiful and crystal clear. We love these type of photos where you would not know which one is the real mountain and which one the reflection.

The bus ride was beautiful, specifically the Zig-Zag road to Gudvangen.

There were several waterfalls along the way, the bus driver was kind enough to stop next to them so we could take photos. There are not many cars driving on these roads so we could have that luxury of stopping.

We finally arrived at the ferry port. We chose the Premium Ferry because we did not really have any other option for that day but it was fun to feel fancy!

They sold us inside the ferry for 50 Norwegian Krona, what a bargain!!

The inside of the ferry was very luxurious. Sarita decided the Fjords were too cold for her and spent most of her time inside but we were very lucky with the weather as it was clear and sunny.

And the ride begins!!

We tried a local Pale Ale beer. Not as good as the icelandic beer.

The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snowfields, waterfalls and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway

The Nærøyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 metres across at its narrowest and a mere 12 metres at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,660 metres, and the fjord is one of multiple highlights on this boat ride.

UNESCO has included the Nærøyfjord and the Geirangerfjord in its famous World Heritage List. The fjords have also been awarded first place in the prestigious list of the National Geograhic Traveller magazine.

During a cruise on the Nærøyfjord you will have excellent views of small traditional farms on the mountainsides.

They have screens inside with all the interest points marked. Not that you really need it, but good to have in case you want to plan a toilet break.

The boat gets very close to the main waterfall.

A much needed selfie!

After about 2 hours, we finally arrived to the town of Flam.  It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord.

They had a Viking restaurant that was extremely expensive, so we decided to get some food at the local cafe.

A pizza and salad with only local ingredients. Very delicious!

The town did not offer much to see but was very charming and was actually pretty warm out!.

The village of Flåm has since the late 19th century been a tourist destination. It currently receives almost 450,000 visitors a year. Most ride the 20-kilometre (12 mi) Flåm Line between Flåm and Myrdal, one of the steepest railway tracks in the world. There was a small free museum to spend time while we waited for the train to arrive.

The train arrived and we were first in line to be able to sit on the right hand side of the train. Eitan’s research suggested to sit on that side for the best views.

Ready to go!

The train stops at one of the waterfalls where they have an extremely bizzare show of a woman dressed in red, dancing to gregorian music. Nobody really knew what was going on.

After an hour ride we arrivel in Myrdal, which is just a train station and a few houses.

The station opened in 1908.

The scenery here changed to a more Alpine setting, with many snowy mountains and frozen lakes.

Passing the time, making faces.

Somehow we arrvied at a ski resort station to pick up some athletes. I got very jealous that they can use public transport to get to a beautiful mountain to ski in 1 hour!

After having some dinner on the train (surprisingly good pizza), we arrvied in Oslo. We walked a couple blocks to our hotel and walked for a late night snack at Mcdonalds ( a good way to stay full in expensive Norway) and then went straight to bed, tomorrow we will have another long sightseeing day!

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