If you’ve read my bottomless travel bucket list, then you’d know that seeing fjords in Norway ranks quite high up. I know and I hope for sure that I will be able to cross it off from my list one day, but when the opportunity arose to go on an exchange one last time I couldn’t not choose Norway.
Norway is a very expensive country, if not the most. One thing you can enjoy for free however is the captivating Nordic nature, especially the fjord. I was surprised to learn that the nearest fjord is 5 hours away to the west by car from where I stay, which is really far and I almost accepted the fact that I might not be able to go. However I am so lucky to have such an amazing host family, the Sandman’s, and they offered to take me on a road trip to see it. And off we go!
We took off early in the morning and made our way to Aurland. To reach Aurland, we needed to go up the mountains and down the serpentine-like roads and going through it was as beautiful as the fjord itself, with remotely located cottages, downhill ski slopes, stunning mountains and waterfalls alongside many friendly sheep. After a cup of coffee, a roll of cinnamon bun, and few hundred kilometers of the most stunning drive I’ve ever had, we finally made it to Aurland and Flåm.
Flåm is a little village in the valley and it sits on one end of the branches of smaller fjords, Aurlandsfjorden that opens up to the largest fjord in Norway, Sognefjord. What it lacks in size (as of 2014, the village has a population of 350 people) however, it makes up in the incredible beauty because d’oh, size doesn’t matter. If time allows, you should definitely take the fjord cruise and/or Flåm railway. It was one of the warmest days in Norway this summer, so the weather was very pleasant – chilly breeze from the sea with a touch of warmth and blue sky.
It does feel so surreal and relaxing at the same time, you just feel so so small amidst all these greatness. With those mental imageries, we started to make our way back through the longest car tunnel in the world which connects Aurland and Lærdal for 24,51 kilometers long. All in all, it was a very worthwhile trip and as if you don’t have any reason to go to Norway, now you have it.
Until next time,