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Ulvik

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5th June, 2014

Ulvik

After a beautiful transit from Bergen to Ulvik anchorage, during which we experienced flat calm seas, clear skies and spectacular scenery we arrived at anchorage off the pretty little village of Ulvik in Hardangeffjors’s north eastern arm, called Ulvikafjorden. It’s municipality, with a population of about 1094, stretches from the sea to the mountains, that stretch 1800 meters (5900 ft) above sea level. It consists of three villages. Ulvik, Osa and Finse.

As soon as we were at anchor we prepared our tenders, tender platform with gangway and the tender landing shore side. After this was completed the passengers were able to proceed ashore by tender as by that time the ship had been cleared. Today’s shore excursions were.

Walking the fruit and cider trail. A walking tour spending a pleasant few hours walking through the fruit orchards of Ulviksfjorden, the fruit basket of Norway. On the way visit some farms, where one can sample some of the products made from the land.

Ulvik

Cider Tasting and Osa Valley. A tour offering a glorious scenic drive and a chance to discover the secrets of cider production. And last but not least try some of the products.Iconic Norway. A comprehensive day-long tour visiting Foss, a popular winter resort. On the way pass the picturesque lakes of Espeland, Granvin and Oppheim and admire the foaming rapids of the impressive Skervet and Tvinde waterfalls, before arriving at the Stalheim Hotel for a buffet lunch. From the hotel descend Norway’s steepest road, the famous Stalheimkleivene, on your way to Gudvangen, worship place of the heathen gods. Then on to Flam via a seven mile long tunnel. Here one boards the famous Flam Railway. This rail journey offers views that characterises this beautiful part of Norway by taking one up mountains an pass by waterfalls, while proceeding slowly and stopping at the finest sections. In Myrdal one changes to the main railway to Voss and on the coach back to the ship.

For the passengers who wanted to discover Ulvik independently the tender dropped them off in the little village.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities.

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