Fantastic Fjords and a Walk in Voss

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
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Trip End Jun 28, 2012


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Flag of Norway  , Western Fjords,
Monday, June 11, 2012

We've been blessed with outstanding weather the past couple of days!

When I woke early this morning, a completely clear sky inspired me to get prepped for the day, and step out into the crystal-clear Nordic sunshine for a pre-breakfast walk in the countryside around Flåm.

After loading luggage on our coach, we walked to the Flåm dock to board the ferry to Gudvangen. Our ship sailed north on the mirror-like waters of Aurlands fjord, a branch off the mighty Sonya fjord, Norway's longest and deepest. We turned to port (“left” for you landlubbers) onto the narrow Næroy fjord, and gaped at one spectacular waterfall-laced panorama after another. Our guide, Sue, tells us that this Aurlands fjord/ Næroy fjord region, along with Geiranger fjord (which we see in a couple of days), are considered two of the most spectacular scenic experiences in the world by the editors of National Geographic.

We arrived in Gudvangen a little breathless from all the “oohs” and “aahs”, but returned briefly to reality hit when our bus driver informed us that the coach would not start. He placed a quick phone call, and 10 minutes, later we were mercifully loaded onto another bus that had just offloaded its passengers for the return ferry trip and was going back to Voss, our destination, empty.

We had lunch in Voss, then met an enthusiastic group of local walkers, five friendly Norwegian ladies, and headed out on a walk through Voss. The route passed through a pretty lakeside park, across a pedestrian bridge over the Vosso River, and up through pleasant neighborhoods to beautiful Bordalsgjelet gorge, and still more picturesque waterfalls. 

By the time we finished our walk in Voss, our driver, Vivo, had retrieved our luggage and we were ready to roll in a different coach while ours was being repaired. We arrived Bergen this evening about 6 pm, 30 minutes early in spite of playing musical coaches, looking forward to a two night stay in this beautiful city with such a fascinating medieval history.
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