Disclaimer – this post will be more photos than words. This was, hands down, one of the most beautiful trips of my life…
I headed to Bergen station and made my way across to platform two for the train to Myrdal, where I would be hopping of at Voss, about an hour and a half away.
Little tip – if you get this train – sit on the left hand side! The scenery is completely beautiful. I think I spent the entire journey with my nose pressed against the window and my camera constantly turned on. It was absolutely stunning.
The beautiful lakes, the imposing mountains, the wooden houses and the boats gently floating on the surface… this was exactly the Norway I had always imagine. I feel this post may be more photos than words, but when the scenery looks like this I don’t see anything wrong with that…!
A little while later I arrived in the town off Voss. This town has become famous recently for it’s export of water in the extremely recognisable glass bottles.
I didn’t get to see to much of the town, as I was boarding a local bus to take me across to the port in Gudvangen – again about an hour away from Voss.
This bus, literally is one of the most amazing PUBLIC bus routes I have ever taken in my entire life. Where else in the world can you hop on a standard council run bus and be treated to breathtaking views, lakes, multiple tumbling waterfalls and hairpin turns?
Again, more photos then words…
We soon arrived at the Gudvangen port ready to cruise around the incredible Nærøyfjord for a couple of hours.
We loaded onto the boat, the Skagastøl, which had three or four different floors so plenty of space to find a good little spot to spend the journey. I lucked out and found a little corner on the top deck where no one could stand in front of me. I had uninterrupted views the entire time – winning! Even better, the sun was out and shining bright – it was PERFECT.
The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snow valleys and small hamlets, it is said that this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attracting in Norway – I can totally see why!
The Nærøyfjord is 20 km long, only 250 metres across at its narrowest and a mere 12 metres at its shallowest. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 1,700 metres high – its crazy beautiful!
Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been rated by the National Geographic Society as the world’s number one natural heritage site – what an accolade!
A little further down the Fjord we passed a stunning little Hamlet on the left hand side; Bakka with its iconic white church, the Bakka Church, which was consecrated back in 1859. Can you imagine what life would have been like back in those dates being so isolated this deep in the Fjords?! Nowadays a tunnel has been made connecting Bakka to Gudvangen, literally opening up this tiny village’s accessibility to the rest of Norway.
Further down the Fjord, and about a million photos later (I did warn you…!) we briefly docked into at the beautiful little village of Aurlandsvangen which was
stunning with it’s little coloured houses nestling into the mountains edge.
It’s got to be said, I have no doubt in my mind why these Fjords have been voted as one of the most beautiful places in the world. I was absolutely in awe and I couldn’t recommend a visit more. Oh Norway….