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27th June, 2015

Geiranger Fjord

The pilots are saying the summer seems late in coming to Norway, and certainly there is still plenty of snow in the mountains. So the early morning run into Geiranger Fjord was particularly beautiful, bright sunshine and deep shadows at six in the morning, and some layers of misty cloud hovering half way between black water and white mountain top. A few passengers, well wrapped up, were out and about, then a lot more by seven when I had advised them to be on deck in order to see the ‘Brides Veil’ and ‘The Seven Sisters’, two of the well known waterfalls bringing the snow melt into the fjord.

We arrived off the village an hour later when it was still quiet ashore, mooring between two buoys and sorting out all the arrangements we needed to make in order to get folk ashore by our own tenders. The chill had started to ease by the time the first passengers reached the shore and by mid-morning the sun was very strong, shorts and T shirts were the order of the day.

Those passengers taking the tour all the way up to the top of Mount Dalsnibba by all accounts had, after negotiating 11 hairpin bends and 5000 feet, fantastic views. Not a journey for one who suffers from vertigo, but I do remember cycling down from up there some years ago (not up I might add). The fjord became very busy during the day, with many small boats, canoes, fast rib craft and also a visit by the Hurtigruten coastal steamer Vesterålen. This small ship is one of a fleet of coastal ships that operate a daily service into many small ports, all the way from Bergen to the very top of Norway and the small town of Kirkenes close to the Russian border.

We left around 4pm and those who didn’t make the early shout had the opportunity to see the sights on the way back out to the Norwegian Sea.

Captain Philip Rentell

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