Monday, August 25

Majesty, pure majesty

So, my friend Tonya came to visit from Germany this past weekend and after several conversations that went like this:

"what do you want to do?"
"I don't know, what do you want to do?"
"um, I am open to anything, what do you want to do?"
"really, we can do anything. What do you want to do?"

Clearly, we needed assistance making our decision.

So, we went to the train station to peruse the various trips from Oslo leaving Friday morning and returning Saturday evening. Miraculously, we somehow made a decision about what we wanted to do and decided to take a train from Oslo to a place called Flåm.

The west coast of Norway is known for spectacular scenery and this is a place I like to take 'out-of-towners' because, frankly, Flåm is a bit of a show off. When it comes to jaw dropping vistas, Flåm delivers in a really big way. The name "Flåm" means "little place between steep mountains," and it sits at the foot of the longest fjord in the world, Sognefjord. If you are blessed with good weather, I guarantee you will be amazed by what you see. Here is the view from our hotel room:

That is an amazing vista to wake up to and I cannot tell you how excited I was when we woke up and saw that it was going to be a GORGEOUS day. So, after another round of 'What do you want to do?', we decided on a fjord safari! ! The safari started at noon and promised a unique experience on the fjord. But the BEST and most exciting part was the cool outfits they made us put on! You would have thought we were going on an artic expedition:

Check us out!!

Once on the boat and in our 'all weather gear', we saw amazing things.

The smallest stave church in Norway, built in 1147:

And views like this around every bend:

Just majestic. It's stuff like this that makes me feel very small.

Simple. Pure. Beautiful.

It was a perfect day.


Colleen said...

The scenery is awesome. You two look cute! Great photos.

Cassandra said...

Amazing pictures, Kathryn! Looks like you and Tanya had a great time. Let's put that trip in the agenda for my next trip north :}

Jen Yu said...

Stunning. Now I know exactly what I want to do when I come to Norway :)