The fjords. Wow. We crowded onto the top deck and lined the sides, jostling for the best photo positions. Amidst all this wide open space and the expansive vistas I felt as if we were a herd of cattle being transported from one place to another (which of course we were). All the same, what views!
Our tour took us up Aurlandsfjord and into Naerøfjord. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naerøfjord is 11 miles long, and in some places only 500 metres wide and 15 metres deep. It is the narrowest and shallowest navigable fjord in the world.
As we sailed down Naerøfjord I reached into my backpack and took out a copy of the picture hanging in our hallway. This was our original inspiration for coming here – to say we had been to the very place depicted in the painting. We studied the towering sides of the fjord that surrounded us and tried to match them with those shown in the painting. Of course, the view in the painting was from the shoreline whereas we were in the middle of the water, so the perspective was different. The artist’s impression did not seem to match exactly with the landscape we were looking at. As cliffs and peaks fell into place others fell out. But then, although parts of the foreground looked different to that shown in the painting, the background suddenly seemed right. Were we here? To be honest I have no idea, but it was as good as we were going to get.
Here we are (approximately).
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Aurlandsfjord: N 60° 55.778 E 007° 10.635
- Naerøfjord: N 60° 54.778 E 006° 52.300
- Gudvangen: N 60° 52.720 E 006° 50.340
- Date of Trip: 22 July 2014
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