After the crazy action adventures of the first 3 days we have today been treated to a sightseeing extravaganza. Mountains for a start of course is a subject very close to my heart and passions plus the beauty of the fjords is something that I have dreamt of seeing.
First came the drive over the mountains as we headed West. Wow, it is pure winter here and looking at all the snow, height and pure open space all I wanted to do was put on my boots, pick up my backpack and walk. Every bend we took brought new sights above and below. It is so hard to explain how great it all looked.
Suddenly we also came upon and went through the 22 km long Lærdal tunnel that cuts through the rest of the mountains and brings us out at our first destination…. Flåm. A little place we are well advised is very very packed with tourists in the summer but on a cold winters day we seemed to have the pleasure of it to ourselves. Even better when we were treated to beer tasting in the brewery
Then it was all aboard the ferry and out onto the fjord….. Incredible. Absolutely stunning. All pictures I had seen of the fjords in the past were in full summer with green summer. However we were treated to a black and white winter wonderland with blue skies, clear still water, ice waterfalls, and snowy frozen rock faces. To be there simply made me speechless. We even got a glimpse of a seal swimming in the icy water beside us.
My visual appetite is well and truly being treated here and today has been special for that. we have now arrived in Voss for an overnight stay and then onto the slopes for alpine downhill skiing. lets hope I can stay upright longer than I did with the cross country. See you tomorrow.. Paul