The West Norwegian Fjords are said to have some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. While I’d already seen Nærøyfjord and Auralandsfjord by ferry, I wanted to get closer to the action, and double-back on the route. The best way to do this is with a FjordSafari tour, which takes approximately two hours, and departs round-trip from Flåm.
The weather turned out to be fantastic at the start of the day, with blue skies marbled with picturesque clouds.
Cruise ship in the harbor at Flåm.
Despite the potential tourism dollars that cruise ships may bring, there exists a strong anti-cruise-ship mentality in Flåm, due in part to the pollution that these ships bring to the narrow and isolated fjords.
Goats perched along one of the walls of the fjords.
Snow high up on a ridge.
A wider view of one of the walls of the fjord. Snow melt from high above finds narrow channels down the wall, forming narrow waterfalls.
More of the postcard-perfect scenery of the fjords.
Looking out from Gudavangen, the turnaround point for the tour.
A waterfall blows off course in the wind.
Fjord selfie, decked out in the gear that FjordSafari provides to help fight the cold!
Inside the train on the Flåm railway, which leads up the fjord to meet up with the main rail line in Myrdal.
Flåm church, built in the year 1670.
Snow and structures, as seen from the train.
Because it is primarily a tourist train, the Flåm Railway stops at the main waterfall along its route for folks to get out and take photos for a short break.
More snowy scenes from along the main rail line back to Bergen.
Returning to the Bergen train station at the end of the day.