HAL 2019 World – Days 98-99 Sea Day & Flåm, Norway

May 2, 2019 Paul Groves

After leaving Oslo, we cruised around the southwestern coast of Norway and then turned north to reach the Sognefjord.  We then turned east into the fjord and traveled about 100 miles until we reached our next port, Flåm, Norway.

The trip up the fjord was spectacular but cold.

We reached Flåm around 8:00 am and immediately left the ship to catch 8:30 “Flåm Railway” which was our excursion for the day.

About 45 minutes into our trip the train stopped at “Kjosfossen Falls” for photos.  While we were taking pictures some music began playing and “sirens” danced hoping to enchant us into staying behind to live with them at the falls.  I’m happy to say that no one succumbed.

Shortly after, we reached the Vatnahalsen Hotel where we left the train.  At the hotel we were served waffles with raspberry jam and clotted cream.  Very tasty!  The raspberries were grown and picked at the hotel.  After eating we had some free time until the next train arrived to take us back to Flåm.

The trip was very enjoyable and scenic with many waterfalls along the way.

We arrived back in Flåm around 12:30 pm, bought a couple of souvenirs and then it was time for lunch.

We walked through the town and checked out the restaurants.  Our ship’s guide told us about a place to have a home brewed beer and lunch so we decided to eat there.  We ordered their local amber beer and “Loke’s Lunch” which was a grilled sausage sandwich with onion sauce and coleslaw.  The sausage sandwich was a real winner with lots of flavor and the onion sauce was terrific. We spent the next couple of hours using their WiFi then headed back to the ship around 3:30 pm.

We feel that we have to do this, so here is our only picture of a Norwegian troll.

After another sea day we arrive at Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland.