The Queen Mary 2 traveled the most extensive and deepest of the Norwegian fjords—Sognefjord. It penetrates about 115 miles inland and at one point is 3,700 feet deep, with mountains from 2,000 to 6,000 feet high lining it. At times, the cliffs fall nearly vertically into the water. The fjord splits into four fingers. The Queen enters the southernmost one, Aurlandsfjord. In this innermost finger of the fjord, rivers have formed deltas creating green, fertile slopes that man has cultivated. So in addition to the waterfalls and towering cliffs, there are farms separated by stone walls.
The fjords of Norway are as gorgeous as the pictures in magazines. You cannot, though, get a true picture in two dimensions. Being there, seeing them in person, is the only way to appreciate the scope and size of the surrounding mountains and the narrowness of the passage. The water is cold and deep. I was amazed at the Queen. She is a big ship, but the Captain was able to bring her up the fjord and dock right against the shore in Flåm.
We entered the fjord very early in the morning and docked in Flåm at 8 am. You should know by now that Candy is not a morning person, so we missed going in, but a ship that enters a fjord, must also leave by the same route. So, after a quick dinner following a day ashore, we hurried to our cabin, bundled up with what few cold-weather clothing items we managed to pack, grabbed the bottle of champagne the Queen had greeted us with at the beginning of the voyage and accompanying champagne glasses and headed to the stern to watch the fjord glide by and celebrate the fact that we are so privileged to witness this incredible sight.
We oooohed and aaahhhhed in amazement at the towering cliffs, awed by the wonders God has placed in our world, while sipping our champagne—which didn’t need anything to keep it chilled because it was freezing out there! We shifted our table, that was set near the ship’s rail, to closer to the wall. Didn’t help. Tried standing in a more sheltered area of the deck. Nope. Well, we stayed as long as we Floridians could stand the cold. Then it was…. head to the cabin, slither out of all that clothing and find a great window in one of the numerous lounges to witness the rest. Still a phenomenal sight!