Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Experience the Norwegian Fjords

Sailing northeast of Bergen, Norway, our 12 Night British Isles / Norwegian Fjords cruise on RCCL Jewel OTS took us to the West Norwegian Fjords region. A fjord is a long, narrow bay with steep sides, created in a glacially carved valley that is filled by rising sea water levels.

As our ship entered the fjords, we looked on in amazement at the rugged terrain that rose on both sides of the ship. Our 90,090 ton ship was dwarfed by these formidable mountains. The water was very calm and stillness filled the air. The only thing that broke the stillness was the sound of rushing water as it plunged from one of the magnificent waterfalls. Even though it was mid-June, several of the mountain peaks were crowned in white snow that glistened in the sunlight.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you are standing on your balcony or one of the ship's decks looking out at the scenery that engulfs the ship. You are not afraid, but instead this calm comes over you as your breathe in the fresh crisp air. You pinch yourself because you aren't sure if this is real. You have just experienced Mother Nature in all her glory.

I have not posted any pictures in this article. I've done this so that you can use your imagination and paint a picture of the fjords in your mind. We watched the Jewel of the Seas online as it was built, and eagerly awaited it's maiden voyage to the Norwegian Fjords. We had months of anticipation before seeing the fjords. I'll only keep you in suspense until my next post.

We aren't the only ones that think the Norwegian Fjords are spectacular.
UNESCO has included the Norwegian fjords on the World Heritage List -- The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord now enjoy the same recognition as the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Zambia’s Victoria Falls and the Grand Canyon in USA. By their inclusion on the World Heritage List, the Norwegian Fjords will be protected for generations to come.

Come along with me in my next post to Geiranger, Norway. I wish you Peaceful dreams of fjords until then.

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