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20th August, 2017


Flam started with embarking the Fjord pilots at 0100 in the morning, I had left this duty to the Staff Captain – far too early for me! Seriously, we split these duties otherwise it would be a very long day for both of us.

As always it’s super nice to be cruising through the Fjords, even in the pitch back. With nautical sunrise at just before six, twilight starts really early at this time of year and from around 0400 we can start to enjoy the scenery.

Flam is a popular port of call being at the innermost part of Aurlandsfjord and we had some iconic shore excursions on offer – so I was keen to get everything sorted early. We dropped anchor in the “glass still waters” and had our excursions away - the Flam train experience probably being the main attraction. It was quite a splendid day at Flam.

That evening we were then off for the run up to Olden. All were back onboard at 1830 and the anchor was aweigh shortly afterwards. We headed back out of the Fjords towards the open waters transiting the very deep, at over 1300 meters, Sognafjord. It was blustery inside with up to 30 knots of headwind. We cleared to the west by 0100, and were in the Norwegian Sea heading north in a fairly steep sea - not a problem for Saga Sapphire.

Captain Stuart Horne

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