Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
8th July, 2018
This morning at 0800 we embarked our Norwegian pilot at Holmengra Pilot Station. He then assisted the bridge team during our scenic cruise in the Sognefjord which we sailed on our way to Flam.
At its deepest point the Sognefjord is over 1,300 meters deep. This makes it the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. The distance from the pilot station to the anchor at Flam was a total distance of 100 nautical miles. 1 nautical mile = 1.15 land miles. During the passage in the fjords we passed various towns and villages that line the fjord. Due to the depths in the fjords it is not possible for the Norwegians to place any power cable along the sea bed of the fjord, given that in places the depths can reach 1,300 meters. Therefore they have them cross the fjords at various points. We passed under two such set of power cables, passing with a clearance of 20 meters between our funnel and the cables.
We approached our anchorage position just after 1430 this afternoon. In consultation with the pilot we anchored 1000 meters away from the berth, which was already occupied. Shortly after dropping the port anchor we commenced our tender operation.
This afternoon our guests had a selection of tours to choose from. There was the opportunity to take coach trip along the Sognefjord to a village called Aurland, or to take in the stunning view from the Stegastein viewpoint which overlooks the Sognefjord. The most popular however is, without a doubt, the famous Flam Railway which gives its passengers breath-taking views as it makes it ways from sea level to Myrdal 2,850 feet above sea level. Once at the top our guests had some time to take photos of the snow-capped mountains before their return journey.
At 1830, with the berth now free, we recovered our tender and commenced heavying the anchor away for the short distance from the anchorage to the berth. We were safely docked by 1900 where our guests and crew were able to enjoy the delights of an overnight stay in Flam.
After all the pre arrival paperwork was completed it was time to eat and tonight the Chef and his team had prepared a curry which, just like all the food on board, was excellent.
As I type this the sun is setting over Flam and it is time for me to take a walk ashore to enjoy the surroundings and to walk off the curry! Today my photos are of the views from the bridge wing of Flam and various photos of the fjord as we sailed in to Flam this morning.
Staff Captain Simon Westall
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