To work through close to 600 photos taken in about 3 days is not a joke.
To try and reduce the amount to acceptable levels for the Lani blog, is not a joke.
Am I complaining? Not at all.
Lets rewind a bit (OK a lot).
When the trip was planned initially we only thought about doing the boat portion of the trip. Anton then suggested we add a few days and fly over to Norway since seeing a Fjord was on his bucket list. It took absolute no convincing to make this happen since it has always been in my top 5 list of places to see.
The build up to this part of the trip was immense (for me anyway), and my biggest fear was that it would not live up to my fantasies. With the internet and millions of photos out there one can very easily see all the scenes in picture perfect weather making the real experience feeling like a let down.
The weather can also play a huge role and it is common knowledge that the weather can change within a wink in these knack of the woods.
Fortunately none of my fears came true and the highlight of our tour was just out of this world.
Please join me on a rollercoaster 3 days with sensory overload extreme, and please visit the website if you receive the mail. The pictures are much better on there.
We flew in late and only got to our hotel after midnight. We woke up to a very wet Bergen the next morning right next to the train station where our journey would begin.
The Grand terminus is a real old world restored hotel which opened in 1928.
We picked up our train tickets early and went for a stroll around the hotel area waiting for our train to depart.
Eventually it was time to leave the city. Problem was that scenes flashed by and trying to take a decent photo through the glass of the train was really difficult.
Stepping onto the bus without any stops at the most scenic of drives was extremely painful for the photographer in me.
Driving the famous Stalheimskleiva that is only 1.7km long but with a gradient of 20% was just a little bit scary with the bus.
Check the link for more info.
Planes, trains, busses and now waiting to board our boat.
Our boat arriving.
I was falling in love with this country rapidly. The beauty of nature was beyond words and photographs, and once on the boat mother nature just smiled more on us.
Spot the canoeists.
For all our South African friends and family. Imagine sailing right next to a mountain higher than Table mountain in waters deeper than that height?
The small villages scattered around the coastline are just sooooo pretty.
The captain of the boat made a drive through at the famous Aurlandskoen shoe factory to get his new pair of shoes. (We did not disembark)
Our overnight village called Flåm loomed in the distance. We would sleep just beneath the waterfall.
After disembarking we quickly escaped the tourists to find our overnight spot.
The women got directions and the information they got was that it was only about 700m to our destination. Turned out it was slightly further (more like 2.7km).
Still an awesome stroll. 🙂
Got to the office and had to wait a few minutes to check in. Spot the bicycles, much better than walking.
Nope this is not where we would sleep over
This is it. 🙂 Communal house (hostel) shared with some other families. The scenery once again was beautiful.
After dumping our stuff it was time to take the bicycles to explore the megapolis of Flåm with its 350 inhabitants.
After spending a very interesting night in the hostel the Strydoms decided to get us a rental to explore some more.
That is enough for now.
The rest of the photos are edited but lets hold on to them for part 2 of our Norway trip.