the fjords part one - flåm7/22/2012
The day after Bergen we arrived in the small town of Flåm, within the large Sognefjord. It was amazing how far our ship travelled in a short period of time, and that we had slept inside a fjord for most of the night. It felt like a dream. We were eager to explore Flåm, so we went on a long walk beside a river stream, through the incomprehensible landscape. Most of the mountain scenery that we saw was so immaculately large, that a photograph couldn't capture it, which meant that we even had to crane our own necks to see!
As if I wasn't already feeling overwhelmed by my surroundings, new discoveries popped up at every turn. I found this amazing cat, whom I named Olaf, watching me across a fence (in front of his cat door no less!). There were other people on the same road as us, but when I started calling him he suddenly hopped down and came to say hello. I knelt down and pet him for a long while and Donald later said that he had never seen me so happy. I have a video of our encounter which I'll share sometime in the future! <3
I wasn't exaggerating when I said that really adorable things were at every turn, like this homemade stall of bottled apple juice grown in the Sognefjord(!!). The owner happened to also have her very own small crate of baby goats and lambs - all while her two kittens ran and played on the front lawn. At times I felt like I was living in the film Snow White!
It happened to be midsummer's day when we were there, so we saw the preparation of a large bonfire to be lit later that night. I thought it was a bit enchanting, as I've never seen it in my part of the world. My memories of visiting Flåm were of surreal encounters with nature and the wildlife. I had sheep approach me, heard birds singing enthusiastically, and of course met Olaf. In the evening we left through the misty fjords, and entered a wonderland of mountainous twists before arriving in yet another surreal place which I will share next time! x