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24th May, 2013



On leaving Stavanger with the sun still shining, we proceeded north with a pilot onboard towards Karmsund.  There would be a number of pilot changes as you would expect before our arrival in Flam.

The narrow, but sheltered waters of the Karmsundet conclude at the city of Haugesund with open sea to the west. With sunset not until just after 10:30 pm and the sky still clear, the passage provided a little extra scenery to add interest to the evening on board. In fact with Midsummer less than a month away at these northerly latitudes it doesn’t truly get dark, with twilight persisting until sunrise just after 4am.

At around 3am Saga Sapphire entered the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord. Despite the relative close proximity of land on either side it gives you pause for thought that much of the fjord is around 1km deep with the deepest spot being 1308m. To put this into perspective, much of the North Sea is around 35-50 metres deep!

We arrived and made fast at Flam at 10am, and though sunny it was still a little cool at 14 degrees C. Many of our passengers set off to take a trip on Flam’s famous railway which is the steepest unassisted railway in the world climbing 864m in only 20km. Others took a walk around the small town and enjoyed the beautiful scenery in such a tranquil setting.

At 1900 it was time to set off again, and Saga Sapphire cast off, before turning through 180 degrees and started to make its way towards Skjolden.

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