Nærøyfjord


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Nærøyfjord was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 for being among the most scenically outstanding in the world. At its narrowest the fjord is only 820ft (250m) across with sheer cliffs on either side. Dozens of dramatic waterfalls plunge down the steeply-sloped shores. A standout is Kjelsfossen, one of the highest waterfalls in Norway and the 18th tallest in the world, with a total fall height of 2,477 ft (755 m). After returning to Flåm and dropping off our rented Twizy, we set off for Nærøyfjord on a tender tour.

Below are trip highlights from May 7th in Sognefjord, Norway. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

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Dirona

Our berth at Flåm viewed from the tender.
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Aurlandsvangen

We would have stopped in Aurlandsvangen for lunch on the way back from the power station, but we only had the car for two hours so didn’t have time. Instead, we came over by tender.
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Marianne

We had an excellent pizza for lunch at Marianne Bakery and Cafe in Aurlandsvangen.
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Vertical

A vertical cliff as we round a bend toward Nærøyfjord.
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Undredal

The village of Undredal.
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Kayaks

At least a dozen kayaks were piled up on shore here, with no people in evidence. We could see a trail snaking up the near-vertical cliffside, so the only likely explanation is they hiked up somewhere out of sight.
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Waterfall I

We saw literally dozens of waterfalls today. Here is one of the better ones.
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Unknown

This box was mounted on a point about twenty feet above the water line. We didn’t come up with any solid theories for its application.
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First View

A first view down Nærøyfjord. The fjord was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 for being among the most scenically outstanding in the world.
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Lægdafossen

Lægdafossen waterfall plunges nearly 2,000ft (600m) in four tiers.
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Waterfall III

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Drydal

Looking east into the valley behind the hamlet of Drydal.
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Styvi

Outside the Styvi farm is a ferry dock where passengers can be picked up or dropped off on request. The farm museum there has artifacts dating back to prehistoric times.
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Waterfall IV

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Tour boat

Tour boats of all sizes and speeds operate in Nærøyfjord.
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Narrows

At its narrowest Nærøyfjord is only 820ft (250m) across with sheer cliffs on either side.
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Head

Gudvangen village at the head of Nærøyfjord.
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Gudvangen

We were going to land the tender in a small cove and clamber up some rocks to get ashore, but the dock master called us over and “assigned us” this much nicer landing spot on the main dock.
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Footbridge

Footbridge over the river Nærøydalselvi in Gudvangen with more waterfalls visible in the distance.
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Kjelsfossen

The Kjelsfossen waterfall at Gudvangen has a total fall height of 2,477 ft (755 m). It’s the one of the highest waterfalls in Norway and the 18th tallest in the world.
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Cafe

The Viking-inspired cafe at the Gudvangen visitor center. Big cruise ships visit here and the village is setup for large groups of tourists. It was thankfully quiet when we were there.
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Kilkenny

We noticed the cafe stocked Kilkenny— one of Jennifer’s favourite Irish beers. We haven’t seen it for sale for a long time.
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Knuckle Crane

We love the reach of the knuckle cranes and would love to have one on Dirona.
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Vikingvalley

The construction we saw earlier was to extend the Vikingvalley Viking Experience. Portions already were open, but looked designed to appeal to the cruise ship crowd and didn’t tempt us to visit.

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