Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sognefjord in the Morning. Goats, Glacier, Ships

Leave the Finnmark and the Hurtigruten, and aim along Sognfjord. Fjords are formed by glacial retreats, and the Sognfjord at its deepest is some 4291 feet deep -- and that is inland.  Branches make up differently named fjords as you go. Water is now on your right, now on your left, then you are in a tunnel, or on a ferry.

1.  Goat traffic.

There are some 38,000 goats in Norway, with a short 3-4 month summer grazing season, and the rest of the time hustled back to the farm and indoors all winter. They come white, blue, gray or pied -- multipatched, like the Pied Piper. Also long hair, see http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/goats/norwegian/; or take a drive.


Then again, if you were up at 6 to be fed, backpack restuffed, and in the car at the car deck on the Finnmark, you might not find this fascinating.  The driver did.


Dan? Dan?  Dan!  Look at these guys! See http://www.nordgen.org/husdyrdb/visrase.php?id=63&langid=1/

Out like a light.


2. Glacially speaking.

This edge of a glacier is near the EE39 and Rt 5, st the southern end of Jostedalsbreen National Park.


3.  How deep are these fjords? 4291 feet deep, you say?  Prove it.

Some vantage points, such as the reference to people at the left, on a ferry, barely suggest the huge size of some vessels.

 This, the Far Saga, is a subsea support ship, also doing survey and light construction work. Look at the delivery truck beside the Far Saga to better appreciate Big.  It is run by Fugro RUE AS, largely in the North Sea. See MPSV Far Saga. 

Here is a tour boat suddenly appearing inland, down a fjord branching, at little Flam where the people on the railway go up and down, up and down, up and down. The people on the ------- we get it.


Is this a Hurtigruten??  No. Hurtigruten stays on the coast, according to our  brochure.  Whose monstrosity is this?

Meanwhile, back to the fjord road, and the many waterfalls. How do they control rock falls? They do.


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