Europe Trip 2015 – Day 38 – Flåm, Norway

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.

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The weather turned out to be fantastic at the start of the day, with blue skies marbled with picturesque clouds.

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Cruise ship in the harbor at Flåm.

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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.

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Goats perched along one of the walls of the fjords.

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Snow high up on a ridge.

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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.

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More of the postcard-perfect scenery of the fjords.

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Looking out from Gudavangen, the turnaround point for the tour.

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A waterfall blows off course in the wind.

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Fjord selfie, decked out in the gear that FjordSafari provides to help fight the cold!

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Inside the train on the Flåm railway, which leads up the fjord to meet up with the main rail line in Myrdal.

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Flåm church, built in the year 1670.

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Snow and structures, as seen from the train.

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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.

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More snowy scenes from along the main rail line back to Bergen.

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Returning to the Bergen train station at the end of the day.

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