The Flåmsbana train slowed to a stop, sticking half in and half out of a tunnel. The train conductor walked up and down the carriages beckoning us out – we were at the Kjosfossen Waterfall.
Standing at 669 meters (2,195 feet) above sea level the Kjosfossen Waterfall is an immense cascade of white water with a total fall of some 225 meters (738 feet). It throws up a spray that drifts like fine gossamer and covers everything – it certainly covered us, and our viewing platform next to the train was some 300m away. It also covered all of the camera lenses of all of the collected cameras of all of the collected tourists. The viewing platform was full of people trying to take pictures through misted-up lenses. Including me.
Music suddenly blared from speakers hidden way in some far corner and this woman popped up out of nowhere and started to dance. It was all very strange, and it was only weeks later, when I studied these photos, that I realised what this was all about. The singing and dancing was all a pretence. What was actually going on here was a masterpiece of subliminal tourism. These strange women were there to illustrate just how massive this waterfall was. And large it really was.
Unfortunately, some of the tourists (like me) had zoom lenses. As I zoomed in on the beautiful woman before me I got the distinct feeling that maybe this was no woman after all, but a man in a wig.
What do you think?
And just as I was daydreaming about how good Tony Blair looked in a red dress and a blonde wig, the whistle blew. I was shaken from my reverie. It was time to get back on the Flåmsbana and continue our journey down to the fjords.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Kjosfossen Waterfall: N 60° 44.820 E 007° 07.550
- Date of Trip: 22 July 2014
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