Fjord cruise from Flam to GudvangenOn October 1, 2014 by Emil
Continuation of my day trip from Oslo, with the first part described in my previous post The Flamsbana. So after arriving in Flam, there was a quick transfer to the ferry. BTW, many of these transfers like from the first train to the Flamsbana, or the Flamsbana to the ferry, seem to be very tight… maybe 5-10 minutes per the schedule. But don’t worry… at least if you follow the Norway in a Nutshell itineraries, they pretty much know there will be hordes of confused tourists trying to make those transfers. And they will wait at least a bit to make sure you can get on board.
Anyways, as I mentioned the ‘cruise’ is really just a ride on the regular ferry from Flam to Gudvangen. However, a nice thing is that they play recorded audio clips pointing out lots of interesting sights and facts along the way. So when you board a ferry a crew member will ask you where you’re from. I thought initially it was weird but turns out they have audio in a bunch of different languages, which they play one after another. Cool.
The cruise is only about an hour in length, but you get two travel along two different fjords, the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord of… sorry, didn’t catch it, maybe Norway or even the world? In either case it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As the ferry goes along you pretty much just get to look around and enjoy the views. There’s a little cafeteria inside the ferry if you need anything to eat or drink… and actually by then it’s around lunchtime so you might be pretty hungry. I had a hot dog; forgot what it was called in Norwegian (although really I think they call them hot dogs too).
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