Norway Fjord Cruise Picture Blog - Geiranger Fjord
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
YAY! My opening Amsterdam picture blog did not blow up!
Our first day was spent at sea (I LOVE sea days! My hot-stones massage was terrific!). The North Atlantic was relatively rough for the entire voyage, with a couple of real doozies. The last night was the roughest we've ever encountered, and our cabin being on Deck 10 as Aft as it gets was something else. We'd put our luggage out by 11pm, and by 11:05pm I had taken down all the hangers drumming away in the closet and laid them on the floor. Next, I was propping chairs against the drawer banks that were opening and closing ... You get the picture. Luckily, neither DH nor I get seasick and that held true for this voyage.
Our first port of call was the beautiful Geiranger Fjord. We took a bus tour up two different roads, each with hair-pin turns galore, and then had a delicious cafe latte in the quaint town. This was a tender stop, meaning we dropped anchor and took the ship boats into town.
Included in these are the famous waterfalls called The Suiter and The Seven Sisters, which face each other across the fjord. There wasn't enough snow-melt yet to have these be raging falls. One ride up brought us to a viewing area, and the other ride brought us up to the snow line. The road had not been opened for too long; they close it outright in winter. As it was, the snow bankings were astonishing. At this first stop we saw our first glimpse of Norwegian sod roofs, made of birch bark covered with sod.
Here's the last group of people heading back to the ship. Note the ferry's bow, opened to receive cars. Yes, ferries are just about the only way people get around. What a beautiful place. Wrapping up with a last shot of the fjord, taken later by DH from our deck, as we approached the open ocean. Too cold for me!!
Next stop, Alesund, Norway!