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Old 15th April 2009, 13:19   #1
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Default Crusing The Norwegian Fjords- Land of the Midnight Sun

Having worked on cruise liners for almost 6 years there have been some memorable cruises that ive done. Some of them being the Carrbbean, the Hawaain, the Mediterrannean, the Baltics. There also have been some cruises which I wont forget for all the wrong reasons for eg This one (Horror On High Seas- Simply Unforgetable).

But there has been a cruise that I would remeber for a long long time for all the right reasons. And its been the Norwegian Fjord cruise.

This was a 14 day cruise on a a luxuary cruise liner Sundream, in which we sailed out of Harwich, UK and apart from Norway we covered Pharoe Islands and Iceland.

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This cruise is only possible in the 2 months of July and August due to the extreme weather conditions during the rest of the year. July and August are favourable also as most of the time you are above the arctic circle hence daylight for most of the 24hrs, so the term Land Of The Midnight Sun.

Apart from the daylight the other highlights of the cruise is the beautifull landscapes, the snow capped mountain peaks, the greenery, the glaciers and ofcourse the fjords. The Fjords can be described as "long narrow inlets with steep sides, created in a valley with glacial activity"

So here I am sharing those moments with you thru photos and videos of the journey, so hope you enjoy
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Faroe islands are situated in the heart of the Gulf Stream half way between Scotland and Iceand. Faroe islands are a self governing region but is administered by the kingdom of Denmark.

Torshavn is by far the largest town in Faroe Islands and is also the capital. It is a charming blend of old and new and has one of the most amazing natural sights of the sea.

Heres a small video of us in Torshavn


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Lucky Guy ! Awaiting further details....
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Reykjavik is the largest city of Iceland and also the capital. Apart from the many thermal water spa's Reykjavik also has many volcanoes.

This is one of the most famous Thermal water Spa's in Reykjavik

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The Reykjavik area coastline is characterised by various coves, peninsulas, straits and islands, all caused by the volcanic activities over the years.

A brief video of the Reykjavik City

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Excellent. Do keep it coming. You mind if I save some of your pics as screensavers?
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Excellent. Do keep it coming. You mind if I save some of your pics as screensavers?
Go ahead, I dont have any problems
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Bergen, is the second largest city in Norway, it is considered to be the cultural centre of Scandinavia.

Though a bustling town with all the latest amenities and riches there are a lot of places which have still maintained their old heritage look.

These wooden bulidings and houses provide a lot of colour to the city.
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Bergen Marina
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Right in the city centre is the famous Fish market. This market is a paradise for seafood lovers and is extremely clean. Here you can taste and buy variety of seafood, ranging from shark meat to whale meat or jumbo prawns



Also a must do is to take a ride in the Funicular or Floybanen. This small train takes you 320mts above sea level on Mount Floyen.
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From there you get spectacular views of the city and the surrounding islands.
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A video tour of the fish market and in the Funicular

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As seen in the above photo Flam is located at the end of a 200 kms long Fjord. Surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys Flam is a paradise for those looking for one of a kind experience with nature.
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Apart from the natural beauty Flam is the starting point to the Flam railway that takes you to a 20kms train ride to witness some of the regions most breathtaking mountain slopes and the most breathtaking sceneries. It also is the steepest railway line in the world.
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A video of Flam port area

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Beautiful pics! Keep em coming!!
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Flam: Wow that is place worth visiting
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This was the best part of the trip. The ship used to enter the fjord at about 0600 hrs and all the passengers and crew were up on open decks enjoying the bounties of nature.

The Geiranger Fjord in my opinion is the crown amongst all the other Norwegian fjords.Majestic snow covered mountains, beautifull and wild waterfalls, lush green vegetation and deep blue waters of the fjords seem just like from a fairy tail.



Here are some of the photos of our sail thru the Fjord

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There is no jetty here so cruise ships usually anchor off the port and small tenders are then used to ferry passengers ashore.

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This town also presents some of the most amazing photo opportunities

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As you climb up tyhe mountains the scenery gets even more breathtaking and ofcourse the temperature falls close to freezing point. Hence in one of the photos you can see the partly frozen lake.
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This place is also one of the most famous ski resorts in Norway, skiing can only be done here in the summers as during most of the cold weather they get storms and the days are very short. Lots of cross country skiing is done from here.
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I also tried my hand at skiing and it was my first time. Few of my Norwegian friends helped me out with the basics
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And a video of me trying to ski.
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deky simply mind blowing man. To say lovely pictures is an understatement, I have rated your thread a 5 star .
You seemed to have visited paradise pal.
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Thank You all, yes this certainly is paradise. I have never done the Alaskan cruise which they say is even better than this one. But till then I would stick to what i said in my first post that this has been a cruise to remeber for all the right reasons.

Also do check the Geiranger video, its amazing

Ill post the rest of the journey tomorrow.
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God this is like one of the places you MUST VISIT before you die. Deky simply brilliant man. Must try to go there sometime
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Too good Deky, too good.....really envy you mate !
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