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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:-


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

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 (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.


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,

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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