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25th May, 2013

Skjolden at midnight

It is a 4 hour passage from Flam to Skjolden, all with the Sognefjord. At the inner most arm of the Sognefjord called Lustrafjord, Skjolden sits further away from the sea than any part of the UK is from the coast. Quite ironic then that it is reachable by ship!

The 4 hour cruise through the fjords in the sun, at least until it set about half an hour before our arrival at 11pm, provided a stunning back drop for the deck party that was underway outside the Veranda Grill.

 

Orness

Saga Sapphire glided past the entrance to the famous Narrow Fjord, as well as the village Orness, with its dark stained Stave Church perched above the calm waters at a sharp bend in the fjord. The edge of the Jostaldasbreen Glacier, Europe’s largest could even be glimpsed through the mountain peaks at one point in the passage.

Just before Skjolden there was also an opportunity to see Feigumfossen, an impressive waterfall with a free drop of 218 metres. In fact you could see the spray and hear its roar long before seeing the waterfall itself, with the fresh snow melt of late spring/early summer swelling the volume of water that cascaded over its edge.

Feifumfossen

With Saga Sapphire all fast alongside the jetty at Skjolden and the village quiet in the twilight with the glass like waters reflecting the shore lights, our passengers had the opportunity to get a good night sleep before adventuring ashore in the morning to see what Skjolden had to offer.

The following morning passengers awoke to find that we were not alone in the fjord with the Black Watch having arrived and moored in Skjolden as well. After breakfast our passengers set off on various tours including visits to the Stave Church at Orness and Helicopter Rides over the Glacier and Fjord.

 

Skjolden in the morning

On departure in the late afternoon Saga Sapphire made her way back down the fjord in the sunshine with our passengers having enjoyed the best of the weather so far with high temperatures of 19 degrees C. It also provided another opportunity to see Feigumfossen as well as the other sights for those who missed them on the way in!

 

 

 

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