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Furebergfossen, Mauranger Fjord, Norway

The Furebergfossen is a waterfall in Mauranger Fjord, Norway.

The captain of the MV Black Watch made a great play of taking us as close as possible. Just as well as it was quite misty.

From distance:-

Furebergfossen

Closer view:-

Furebergfossen Closer View

This one better shows up the fjordside road which crosses the waterfall’s outlet into the fjord. A bus had made a special stop:-

Furebergfossen Again

I rotated the camera during the making of this video. Unfortunately my video processing programme only allows me to flip the whole thing and not parts of it. Click on picture to get to video:-

Furebergfossen Video

Moving Water, Flåm, Norway

The fjords in Norway are festooned with waterfalls. This one in Aurlandsfjord was the first thing I saw when I looked out the porthole on the morning we arrived to visit Flåm. I dubbed it “our” waterfall. Click on picture to get to video:-

"Our" Waterfall, Aurlandsfjord

This moving sculpture was on the dockside at Flåm. Again click on it:-

Moving Sculpture, Flåm, Norway

This is the Bokkefossen, the waterfall we didn’t manage to climb up to, in a photo taken from the road:-

Bokkefossen, Flåm, Norway

Earlier I’d shot a video:-

Bokkefossen, Flåm, Norway

A later photo, taken on way back to Flåm, showing the waterfall’s higher portions:-

Bokkefossen, Flåm, Norway

Flåmsbana Museum, Flåm, Norway

The Flåmsbana Museum is more or less on the dock side at Flåm. The railway’s story is fascinating. They had to dig the line, which has lots of tunnels, out of solid rock by hand, using hand tools and horse driven carts. Construction was started in 1924 and the line did not open till 1940 by which time the Germans were in control of Norway.

It’s the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe. The information card said that because of the safety considerations required by the railway’s steep gradients and no rack and pinion back-up this early locomotive had six different braking systems:-

Locomotive in Flåmsbana Museum

A more modern locomotive, no longer used, outside the museum building:-

Old Locomotive, Flåmsbana Museum

Another obsolete locomotive, a bit further away:-

Newewr but Obsolete Locomotive, Flåmsbana Museum 3

Old railway poster, showing a stavkirke, or wooden church. These can be almost Russian Orthodox in appearance:-

Old Railwat Poster, Flåmsbana Museum

The Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana)

Flåm is most visited for its railway (the Flåmsbana.) It’s a branch of the line from Oslo to Bergen coming off at Myrdal.

Since Flåm is so small the railway mainly carries tourists eager to experience the steep gradients and spectacular views.

in Flåm itself the railway is not as spectacular as elsewhere. If I ever go back I might take a trip on it.

Front of train heading out of Flåm to Myrdal:-

Train on the Flåm Railway, (Flåmsbana)

Rear of train:-

Rear of Train on Flåmsbana

Leaving Flåm heading to Myrdal:-

Train on Flåm Railway

Train in Flåm heading towards Flåm terminus having come from Myrdal:-

Flåmsbana Train in Flåm, Norway

Flåm and Flåm River

The river at Flåm is called the Flåm (Flåmselvi). Fishing platforms have been built round some of the rocks.

Fishing Platforms, Flåm, by Aurlandsfjord, Norway

A notice said these had been recently replaced after having been washed away in a flood. They are for locals only. There were “no fishing” signs up:-

Another Fishing Platform, Flåm

Typical Norwegian Houses, Flåm:-

Typical Norwegian Houses, Flåm

Flåm River, looking up Flåm Valley:-

Flåm River, Looking up Flåm Valley

Flåm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway

First stop on the Norway trip was Flåm, at the top of Aurlandsfjord, Norway. The ship’s daily information sheet said Flåm is pronounced flom, but the (Norwegian) Captain had it somewhere nearer flum than flom.

It was a bit misty and a small city was docked at the quayside.

Flåm from Aurlandsfjord

Due to that small city we were told we would be tendering.

This is the MV Black Watch’s tender:-

Tender from Ship to Shore

We decided to go for a walk round Flåm, actually in search of a waterfall, the Bokkefossen. It was a steep and muddy climb though so we gave that up.

This is the village from above, Aurlandsfjord is off to the left:-

Flåm Village from above.

Flåm looking back towards Aurlandsfjord:-

Flåm looking towards Aurlandsfjord

Part of Flåm with Flåm River:-

Part of Flåm with Flåm River

Karmsund Strait, Norway

The west coast of mainland Norway has a collection of islands off it which provide a reasonably sheltered passage north (or south.) Many ferries ply the waters, a vital lifeline in the days before North Sea oil and the building of roads to remoter regions, and still going.

Karmsund Strait is a passage between the island of Karmøy and the islands of Vestre Bokn and the mainland in the east.

The MV Black Watch approached the narrowest point of the strait towards nightfall:-

Nearing Karmsund Strait, Norway

These were electric pylons on Karmøy but not I think the ones on the photograph on the link above:-

Cable Pylons at Karmsund Strait

The very elegant Karmsund Bridge crosses the strait’s narrowest point:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Norway

Closer view. Note more pylons:-

Bridge at Karmsund, Closer View

Karmsund Bridge from below:-

Karmsund Bridge from Below

Reverse view:-

Karmsund Bridge Reverse View

The area was fairly built-up compared to the previous parts of Norway we’d seen:-

Houses by Karmsund Strait

There was even a house which might be described as Art Deco:-

Deco Style at Karmsund Strait

These were more Moderne than Deco:-

Moderne Style at Karmsund Strait

Lysefjord (iv) Bridge

The Norwegians have invested their oil extraction revenues into a fund that benefits every Norwegian. In addition they have built roads through their country, tunnelling through the mountains from fjord to fjord.

Not to mention bridges across the narrowest point of some fjords like this elegant one across Lysefjord:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Norway

Closer view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Closer View

From below:-

Bridge Over Lysefjord from Below

There’s a solid rock mountain at one end of the bridge necessitating a sharp right turn (or left turn if you’re coming the other way):-

Bridge Over Lysefjord, Tight Turn

Reverse view:-

Bridge over Lysefjord, Reverse View

Edited to add:- there are some more photpgraphs of the bridge here. looking at the one on the right hand-side of the page it seems you can turn right or left (through a tunnel) at the cliff end of the bridge; which wasn’t obvious from fjord level.

Lysefjord (iii)

From the deck of the MV Black Watch I spotted electric cables and pylons and thought the wires were going up the side of the fjord.

No.

In Norway they think nothing of stringing cables right across the fjords:-

Cables Across Lysefjord

Electric Cables Strung Across Lysefjord

They dip quite low:-

Swoop of Cables Across Lysefjord

Cables and anchor points:-

Cables and Anchor Points Lysefjord

A more typical fjord sight. A waterfall:-

Waterfall, Lysefjord, Norway

At first, being a habitual user of the SI system of units, I read this as, “Distance to horizon 7 nanometres”:-

Horizon 7 nm

Then I remembered we were on a ship. “7 nautical miles.”

Lysefjord (ii)

Lysefjord contains two natural features which are tourist attractions. One is the Kjerag Boulder, a 5 m3 rock left stuck between two pieces of mountain by retreating ice.

From the MV Black Watch it was not really apparent photographically:-

Kjerag Boulder, Lysefjord, Norway

Close-up. It’s that little dot between the two rocks in the middle of the photo:-

Kjerag Boulder, Lysefjord, close-up

People go and stand on this thing!:-

Kjerag Boulder

(By Scoundrelgeo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41795395)

The other feature is known as Pulpit Rock becasue of its shape. The top is 604 metres above the fjord’s surface. You’ll note from the photo in the link that there are no railings around the top of this even though people go to visit – and stand on it. The Norwegian Government says, quite reasonably, that it cannot fence off every piece of nature in the country.

From distance:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Norway from Distance

Closer view:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord, Closer View

Showing pulpit shape:-

Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord

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