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In pictures: The fjords from Flåm

The Sognefjord as seen from Flam

Norway has no shortage of fjords, but the longest and deepest of them is the Sognefjord. It stretches over 200km inland from the ocean, and the tiny town of Flåm lies at the end of one of its most scenic stretches. The best way to see the fjords is by boat, but before we got to that there was time for a taster with a walk along the waterside in Flåm. In one direction, steep cliffs rose out of the water, with trees clinging perilously to sheer rock faces. Just inland and away from the tides, a huge pool of perfectly flat water reflected the mountains and sky like a mirror. Then in the other direction a boardwalk led along the shoreline, past a wooden pier jutting out into the water and a line of red cottages, each with a boat tied out front. It was like walking into a brochure from the Norwegian tourist board, and this was just the preview.

The Sognefjord as seen from Flam
The Sognefjord as seen from Flam
The Sognefjord as seen from Flam
The Sognefjord as seen from Flam
The Sognefjord as seen from Flam

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  1. Gorgeous photos!

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks so much, Norway is just a photographer’s dream!

      June 22, 2014
  2. Very nice scenery that is well captured.

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks, it was such a beautiful place it’s hard to do it justice!

      June 22, 2014
  3. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) #

    Stunning! Just stunning! Especially that first photo, which looks like something straight out of a fairytale!

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks, I didn’t think I was going to get any good reflection shots as the fjord itself was a bit choppier so was very pleased to come across this pool next to it!

      June 22, 2014
  4. Sarah Allen #

    Looks so beautiful! I’m hoping to travel to Norway in the near future. I’ll have to find this place.

    June 19, 2014
    • Definitely do – it’s easy to get to from Bergen or even Oslo, I’ll be doing a guide post covering what to do/see/useful info about Flåm soon.

      June 22, 2014
  5. Ben #

    Wow, 200km is one long fjord! Great photos Lucy, the reflections look fantastic. I’d love to visit Norway some day, the natural landscape looks phenomenal. Was this part of your Euro train trip?

    Also a slightly random tangent – did you manage to type those Norwegian characters with your keyboard or are they pasted from the web? 🙂

    June 19, 2014
    • It certainly is! Norway is amazing, I took so many photos I’ve barely started going through them all. The Euro rail trip is coming up next month so this was an extra bonus train journey.

      The Norwegian characters I did using Edit > Special Characters in Firefox, you can find pretty much every obscure symbol and letter in there!

      June 22, 2014
  6. Wow! Just wow! 🙂

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks so much, it really is a wow sort of place!

      June 22, 2014
  7. Amazing. I love the black and white, really gives a surreal feel to the image.

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks, there was a lot of green in Norway so I thought it’d be nice to try it out in black and white too!

      June 22, 2014
  8. Beautiful reflections!

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks, I do love reflection shots so was so pleased to find that pool on the edge of the fjord!

      June 22, 2014
  9. Looks amazing! Would love to go one day 🙂

    June 19, 2014
    • I would definitely recommend it – Norway’s a bit of a pricey place but so worth it.

      June 22, 2014
  10. fantastic pictures and place

    June 19, 2014
    • Thanks Bea, it was a stunning place to visit.

      June 22, 2014
  11. Really gorgeous photos what a stunning part if the world you’ve captured.

    June 19, 2014
    • It really was like walking into a postcard!

      June 22, 2014
  12. Jen #

    the picture with the red houses = love love love.

    June 20, 2014
    • I loved those houses, I must have taken about 20 photos of them from different angles. You can actually rent them as holiday rentals too!

      June 22, 2014
    • Jen #

      I am figuring that it might be out of my price range, but maybe one day – ahaha.

      June 22, 2014
    • Haha, mine too I suspect! Looks fab though: http://www.fretheimhytter.com/visartikkel.asp?art=234

      June 22, 2014
    • Jen #

      Yikes. One night is more than a fourth of my monthly salary here in Hungary. I suppose I will just admire it from afar forever.

      June 22, 2014
  13. Amazing photos! Make me want to g there right now.

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Darlene, I was just blown away by the scenery in Norway, the fjords were so beautiful!

      June 22, 2014
  14. These pictures are so gorgeous – I love all the reflections in the water!

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Laura, I have a bit of a thing about reflection shots so had to see if I could do one here!

      June 22, 2014
  15. beautiful! I just got back from traveling the Fiords of New Zealand myself. It is really exciting to see people building their lives around such natural beauty!

    June 20, 2014
    • I visited the fjords in Norway about five years ago and this really reminded me of them, the same huge scale and stunning views!

      June 22, 2014
  16. Wonderful pictures, Norway is such a beautiful country!

    June 20, 2014
    • It really is, probably one of the most photogenic places I’ve visited!

      June 22, 2014
  17. That looks amazing! What type of camera are you using? About to take my big trip and need a good camera!

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks, I use a Nikon D5000 (now replaced by their D5200) – it’s a DSLR but fairly small and light and not too pricey!

      June 22, 2014
  18. Fantastic pictures. Love the red houses against the blue and green with a bit of snow.
    The water really does look like glass. Your black and white photos work really well.

    June 20, 2014
    • Thanks Bridget, the colours were lovely, and the whole place was incredibly photogenic – if it was a bit cheaper I’d be back there for a few months like a shot!

      June 22, 2014
  19. Oh my word, between you and a friend of mine who is currently in Norway, I am completely sold! Absolutely stunning photos.

    June 20, 2014
    • It is a beauty isn’t it! Definitely started me off on a new thing for Scandinavia (this might get pricey!)

      June 22, 2014
  20. That first shot is a real gem, Lucy! I was told that the walking around Flam was as amazing as the train ride. 🙂

    June 24, 2014
    • Thanks Jo, I do love a good reflection shot so couldn’t resist! You’re really spolit for choice for great views and landscapes around Flåm.

      June 24, 2014
  21. That last photo is stunning – what a shot!

    June 26, 2014
    • Thanks – it reminded me of a similar shot I’d seen of New Zealand so I thought I’d copy the idea!

      June 27, 2014

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