Weaving through the majestic fjords

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Hurtigruten ship

Flag of Norway  , North Norway,
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Temp 0C to 1C but wind chill would have been in the minus

This part of the tour involved bus and a 20min ferry from one part of an island to another.  This whole area of Norway is made up of lots of islands and in between them are the Fjords or Sounds.  The tour guide said that a Sound is something you can travel through whereas a Fjord has a dead end, but I'm not sure is that is correct.  Seems like everything is being called a fjord.  Whatever the answer is I do know that they were formed by the movement of glaciers.  As ice is quite destructive it almost chiselled its way through the rock leaving a deep V shaped valley that is full of water.

Some fjords are quite narrow with very high terrain on either side.  It's quite unbelievable to think the ship can fit through.

It was a very metallic grey day, but luckily while we were there it was the time of day with the most sunlight.  This far north you only get about 2 to 3 hours of good light.  I have so much respect for the people that live in these parts of the world.  Long winter months with minimal light, and then summer time where the darkness never comes.  I think it would truly to my head in to live like this permanently.

The environment is very beautiful though and quite unique.  Second nature highlight for me was seeing the Sea Eagles.  It felt like they were following our bus, but they weren't, it's just that we saw over 20 birds.  They were mainly soaring high above but you could clearly see their outline and shape.  Then 2 of them started tangling in the air.  Don't know if they were playing, courting or fighting but it was amazing to watch them spin around together.

Eventually we met up with the ship again at a different port just in time for lunch.  This time I actually felt hungry because of all the walking and cold, fresh air.

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jalobro on

Amazing! You write a great blog, my friend. I have a friend who lives in Norway that works on ships in the fjords, you may just have met him :) I agree ~ I guess the daylight/no-light would be something you would only get used to after being there a long while ...

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