We have been back from our cruise just over a week now, it seems such a long time ago. I won’t bore you with a day by day account of what we did but I wanted to show you some of the places we visited on our travels. This was the second cruise we have been on to Norway and we visited the same ports which gave us the freedom to do our own thing rather than going on official excursions.
Stavanger is the gateway to the spectacularly scenic Fjordland of Norway. The ship docks right in the town, it was Sunday, so everything was closed!! Last time we were here it was May Day…everything was closed!! Oh well at least we didn’t spend any money.
We had a walk around the town, along the port past the Petroleum Museum and the Greenpeace boat, then through Gamle Stavanger, the old town which has pretty 200 year old white wooden houses. It is also home to the Norwegian Canning museum.
Emma’s Tip: If you need Wifi head over to Burger King which is only a short walk from the port, or McDonalds which is just around the corner!
Sognefjord is the world’s longest (204km) and deepest (1308m) fjord. It is overlooked by snow capped mountains and surrounded by cascading waterfalls. Flåm is nestled in the innermost part of Sognefjord. The extraordinary Flåm railway (the Flåmsbana) rises more than 2845ft above sea level in just 12 miles.
We did not go on any organised excursions as this is the second time we have been here, however I would definitely recommend the railway. The first time we were here we took the train up the mountain and on the way back were dropped off and rode the rest of the way down on bicycles…this was fantastic.
This time we took a walk up the road for about 3 miles then walked back to the ship, a nice 6 mile walk in before lunch 🙂 The scenery is absolutely awesome, snow capped mountains against a lovely blue sky.
Some Mountain Goats, mmmmeeehhhhh, mmmmeeehhhhh…
Flåms lovely little church
This sign made me chuckle :0)
Before we could sail off back down the Fjord the ship had to turnaround…hmmm…this could be tricky. It is difficult to show on pictures how the ship turned around in such a narrow space. It is a surreal experience, sitting up on deck watching the scenery move as the captain slowly but surely turned the ship 180 degrees.