Day 5 Flaam to Geiranger
Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
8Trip End Jun 24, 2011
Flam to Geiranger
After a quick breakfast we headed off to see the ship arrive in Geiranger. We'd lit an extra turbine apparently and made up nearly an hour but still had to rearrange the tours, not that we've booked any. So we headed for the deck to watch the action. The dulcet tones of John the commentator explained the feature and geology, he has a slight lisp and everything is very very something so it's a bit monty python! Anyway we learned of the glacial erosion, etc etc.
Actually it's pretty stunning, the whole scale of things and the waterfalls everywhere. Hopefully some good pics. As we headed into the mooring there were several quite sizeable ships which we dwarf. Including The World, which is the boat you can buy an apartment on and it permanently sails around, like a floating timeshare. We are anchored here so it's tender to the shore. We decided to miss the rush and go after lunch so we looked for a quiet tea bar, but after ordering realised it was the holding pen for the tender waiters! Anyway we supped our tea and wandered round deck 2 then back to the room for an hour before lunch.
We took lunch in our grill restaurant which was nice as it was nearly empty. You can pretty much ask for anything and if they can accommodate they will. After lunch we took the tender over to the town which although smaller, 300 people, there was a lot more going on. Tina wasn't too keen on the whole tender process as the guide had mentioned the fjord was 1,000 metres deep but it was pretty painless, although waiting for one first thing would have been a bit of a bun fight. Tina spotted a helicopter so we headed for that and took a trip round the bay and over the mountains. Quite amazing, they climbed to 5000 feet and over the dalsnibber mountain with its glacial pools and snow everywhere and again the scale was just difficult to describe. The usual German 'queue and best seat' grabbers of course but we got some pics and a great ride. After that we wandered a bit and then back to the ship, the 12 year old was on there which is when we discovered she was actually 35, oops. Also they paid almost as much as us for a much smaller cabin, excuse me, stateroom as we booked last minute. Oh well, just have to get another paper round.
After diner we went to see Jacqueline Roche and her violin which was excellent, then off to bed. Still seems weird to have no darkness past midnight.....