Thursday, 7 July 2011

FURTHER NORTH

After leaving Bergen we sailed up to Geiranger Fjord, one of the most beautiful and narrowest of Norway's Fjords. The whole journey was spectacular.



The entrance started fairly wide.....




but got narrower as we went further in.




There were dozens of waterfalls down the near-vertical sides of the fjord. Even the tiny streams had considerable force, and the bigger ones spread out over the rocks like foaming lace.




We landed at the tiny town of Geiranger, and took an excursion bus (one of the only two horrendously expensive excursions we did!) up Mount Disnibba.





Halfway up we stopped at what was once a trapper's shelter, for a coffee and a Norwegian pastry, and I was amazed to see the adjoining lake was frozen! it was also fairly chilly!




At the top we looked down at the valley below, and in the far distance we could see the fjord, like a tiny tear drop. If you look hard at the photos, in the distance, where it is blue-ish, you can just see the fjord, and I think the tiny white splodge is our ship!

SPEAKING OF THE SHIP.....





It was huge. Three times round the Promenade deck was said to be a mile. There were a lot of determined walkers, doing their miles, but I stuck to a gentle stroll.



Inside was all bling and opulence. The Atrium in the middle of the ship was 4 stories high. This is looking down to the centre. There were various entertainments there in the afternoons and early evenings.




And lastly, we were taken on a very interesting tour of the Ship's Galley. All stainless steel, and immaculately clean. The cakes in front were for our visual delight!

Next post I will take you to the Arctic!

9 comments:

Louise said...

Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit Norway (and Denmark and Iceland...lots of places!). It's nice to see some of the lovely views here, I hope one day I'll get to see them for myself.

KathyA said...

Oh how remarkably beautiful!

Karen S. said...

All lovely photos...but gee is that kitchen ever cool! Thanks!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Amazing scenery - what a journey you have had Gilly. I'm really looking forward to seeing more. Lesley x

Hollace said...

Gilly, your photos are sensational! That valley picture is unreal. I was able to click on it twice and it enlarged twice so I could clearly see your ship. What a lot of beauty to have soaked up! I hope it really refreshed you.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I love waterfalls and that one is spectacular.

Aunt Snow said...

Oh, Gilly! You are having a wonderful time. What amazing sights the fjords are!

kenju said...

Gilly, the photos are magnificent!! It must have been a wonderful trip!!

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

oooh that last shot has made me hungry!