Norway 2009 - Sognefjord to Stadt

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After seeing lots of Sognefjord, we decided to head North. 

There was a gale forecast, so we tucked in to the bomb-proof dock in Laervik, and on the North side of the fjord, near the West end.

It is typical of many Norwegian coastal villages, squeezed in between hills and water.  We did a bit of hiking and boat work for a day, then headed North

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As we sailed out of the a narrow gap in the islands at the end of Sognefjord, we saw the Island of Alden, also known as the "Norwegian Horse" towering above the other islands, in the setting sun.  I immediately looked into the cruising guide and discovered that there is a reasonable anchorage there, and it is climbable.

That settled our destination for the night.

Next day we climbed to the top of the island on quite a good trail, and took this shot of Milvina in the anchorage.

We spent a day at Silde, a delightful small island en route for the notorious Stadt headland (which we subsequently rounded in a calm, cloudy day without incident)

Like many of the smaller islands, many of the houses are owned by mainlanders, who use them as summer places.

Many of the owners were born on the islands.  There seems to have been a rapid move to larger centres since the oil boom arrived in Norway about 25 years ago.

The next large fjord North of Sognefjord is Nordfjord.  To avoid having to motor all the way up it, and because one of the key attractions is about 20 km up the valley from the water, we rented a car for a day.

We saw quite a few houses with the traditional turf roofs. 

Apart from the beautiful fjord scenery along  the way, the main attraction was the Brickdahl glacier, inland from the head of one of the arms of Nordfjord.

We first saw the glacier from across the lake. t

The waterfall seen in the distance is readily accessible from  the zig-zag trail. Watson is in the beige/white shirt, one corner below us.  

We hiked a kilometre or so from the road, up the trail to the toe.

Wiz is seen here halfway from the road to the glacier, and Watson on the toe, but staying under the shelter of the rock


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