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Cruise In The Norway Fjords – In Photos

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2012 was a year of firsts. And bucket list items. And the biggest one of all? Finally going on a cruise in the Norway fjords.

This is, admittedly,  most amazing thing I have ever done, bar none.

An early start at the Bergen train station to what seemingly was the middle of nowhere, and from where I would embark on the most incredible two hours of my entire life, despite the hordes of photo-aggressive Japanese tourists, and the amused looks from the Norwegian crew on board. But nothing could get to me – I was too enamored with my surroundings to care about anything else.

Understandably so, I think.

Photos Of The Norway Fjords

* Sorry about the horrible quality. I realised that my ISO was in the upper thousands once I left the boat. Rookie mistake, I know!

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I barely spoke a word during the cruise, despite meeting fellow Canadians on board I could’ve chatted with all day. The beauty that surrounded me didn’t to be need enhanced by adjectives or superlatives. In fact, it didn’t any words at all. Just a good set of eyes, and in my case, a camera.

And also, good clothes. This is Norway, people – it’s strikingly beautiful, but it WILL freeze you to your bones.

What Exactly Is A Fjord Anyway?

Geologically speaking, a fjord is a space left by a glacier who, with time, moved away from a glacial valley. Since the glacier’s depth was often much lower than the sea-level, this sudden change in landscape gave way to sea waters to fill this inland space. The result? A long and narrow inlet, often characterized by steep cliffs and dozens of ramifications. Phew.

Or, in my own words, a fjord is a freakishly beautiful place that you MUST see at least once in your lifetime.

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Norway Fjords: Good To Know

  • Bring warm, waterproof clothes. Norwegians like to say that “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing”. And in this climate, they couldn’t be more right.
  • To get to the cruise, I took a train from Bergen to Voss, and then a bus to Gudvangen. It sounds complicated, but it’s really straightforward and well-indicated throughout. This round trip takes you to Norway’s two most beautiful fjords, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord; both included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. More info on Fjord Norway.
  • Fjord cruises often end in Flam, where I suggest you spend a day, even though there isn’t much to do but marvel at the landscape. It’s worth it.
  • Don’t stress about getting a good seat on the boat. People only sit down for the first 5 minutes, and then everybody runs from one side to the other, trying to get the best photo opportunity and thus leaving you ample choice in viewpoints.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Visit Norway & Eurail.com on this trip. All opinions and superlatives-overload are my own, though.

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Marie-Eve

Marie is a native Montrealer trying to balance a deep love for her hometown and an unquenchable thirst for travel and discovery. She has been to more than 36 countries, lived abroad in both France and the U.K., and is always on the lookout for authentic experiences wherever she travels -- especially if it involves chocolate.