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The Most Memorable Sailaways: Gudvangen Naeroyfjord Norway
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September 5, 2007 - It is not often that you see the tiny town of Gudvangen, Norway pop up in cruise itineraries. While most cruise ships concregate in nearby Flaam on the beautiful Sognefjord, Gudvangen can only be reached by small cruise ships and the town lacks tourist facilities. In 2007, we cruised on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Braemar and in the morning, we docked in Flaam. We booked the famous "Norway in a Nutshell" tour from Flaam to Voss but instead of returning to Flaam, coaches brought us to Gudvangen where our good ship was waiting for us. Gudvangen is located on the seldom visited Naerøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As its name implies, this fjord is narrow! It is also breathtakingly beautiful. As Braemar sailed past farmhouses, churches, waterfalls and towering rocks, fellow passengers were simply lost for words and you could only hear the clicking of cameras. Here is the result of that clicking: our photo report of the cruise down the 20 km (12 mi) long Naerøyfjord.
Braemar anchored at Gudvangen Norway
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar in the Norwegian Fjords
The hamlet of Gudvangen seen from Braemar's bow
The dramatic Naeroyfjord seen from the decks of Braemar at Gudvangen
Braemar is ready for departure from Gudvangen
Bakka Church on the Naeroyfjord Norway
Passing Bakka Church on the Naeroyfjord Norway
Scenic cruising at its very best
The Styvi Farm Museum on the stunning banks of the Naeroyfjord
The last onlookers on Braemar's bow as evening falls
Dramatic passage of the Naeroyfjord on Fred. Olsen's Braemar
Map of Gudvangen & Naerøyfjord
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