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Geiranger, Norway

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

7th September, 2014

Geiranger is located in the innermost part of Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s most renowned fjords, which is a branch of the Storfjord and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 due to its outstanding archetypical scenic fjord landscapes. The small village of Geiranger has approximately 250 inhabitants and is one of Norway’s most famous tourist resorts.

We started our transit of the fjords at 0130 this morning as we passed the City of Alesund in order to enter the spectacular scenery of the fjords. We weaved our way through the towering mountains on a calm morning and we approached the anchorage at 0700. We had to drop our starboard anchor and then reverse towards the shore where we ran lines aft to the shore bollard, so when finished we were attached to the seabed by the anchor and to aft by the lines to keep us in a steady position. Passengers were transported ashore by the ship’s tenders. But even for those passengers who didn’t go ashore, they were still able to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of Geirangerfjord, encircled by majestic snow-capped mountains, towering 3,000 and 5,000 feet high.

For passengers who had not booked on an organised shore excursion Geiranger is the perfect place to take a stroll. It’s not too far a climb to a nearby waterfall and beautiful little church which gives splendid views over the fjord and Sapphire at anchor.

There was a selection of organised shore excursions for passengers to take part in today. The first was a trip to Mount Dalsnibba which took passengers 5,000 feet above sea level. The Herdal Summerfarm trip took passengers to a 300 year old mountain farm which is located in a truly spectacular setting. The farm produces Goats Cheese and passengers enjoyed a guided tour of the farm and learnt how the cheese is made and, of course, were able to sample this delicious cheese. Many passengers visited the Norwegian Fjord Centre to learn about the traditional Norwegian way of life which presents interesting aspects of the region’s nature, culture and history including fjord boats and farming implements.

The weather today was lovely and mild and although it was a little bit cloudy, it stayed dry and mild throughout the day. Once all of the tours had returned we prepared to set sail. As we manoeuvred back through Geirangerfjord, passengers were out on deck enjoying the spectacular views. The Arku Trio performed a classical recital out on the Verandah Deck as we sailed through this amazing fjord, passing the famous seven sisters waterfalls.

This evening’s after-dinner showtime featured the Explosive Singers & Dancers with their performance of ‘Music Legends’.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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