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26th June, 2016


The Sognefjord is the largest and best known fjord in Norway and the second longest in the world. Saga Sapphire entered it at 2 o’clock in the morning as she was making her way to Flam. With two Norwegian pilots on board (one of whom I met during my time on Saga Ruby) we arrived at our destination shortly before 9AM.

Once again our shore excursion team pulled out all the stops to deliver various options for our guests. For those that have never been here before ‘The Flam Railway’was the obvious choice. One of the Europe’s most impressive train rides, not only provides the best possible views, but in itself is a remarkable piece of engineering. During the trip the train made a short stop at Kjosfossen Waterfall where a mysterious ‘Lady in Red’appears from time to time.

Another option was the ‘Iconic Norway Tour’where our guest boarded first the Flam Railway than changed trains and joined the Oslo to Bergen main line to the village of Voss. This train journey was followed by the drive along a thrilling road that negotiates 13 hairpin bends in just one mile. A comprehensive full day trip, with many great opportunities to take fantastic shots of the dramatic scenery of the fjords, and the nature.

For those more “hyperactive”passengers, the ‘Flam Railway Hike’took our guests by the same train from Flam up to Vatnsahalsen, from where they then began their hike downhill to the picturesque Flam Valley.

Once everyone was back on board, Saga Sapphire commenced her scenic sail away through the most picturesque parts of the Sognefjord on her way back to sea towards our next destination –Olden.

The night was young, so after another culinary delight by Chef George and his team, the audience for the main evening event found their seats. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra show included famous tunes such as ‘Puttin’on the Ritz’, Sweet Georgia Brown and many others –unquestionably top entertainment with lots of foot tapping going on.

Following the show our passengers could join our Resident Piano Entertainer Mattias Eskilsson in Cooper’s Bar or alternatively our Think Pink Duo in the Drawing Room.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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