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At 5 a.m. I was in the deck of the ship and took this photo.
Fjords are wonderful. Their deep sea water is surrounded by towering cliffs and glistening waterfalls. Snow covered peaks dominate the horizon. Seagulls usually follow the ferry as you cruise along. Fjords are part ocean, part mountain, part waterfall, part forest; but all beautiful. They seem to belong to a fantasy world, as if they were formed long ago in a time of trolls...
Situated in southwestern Norway, northeast of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nryfjord, set 120km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500km to the northeast. The two fjords, among the worlds longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500m below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes, glaciers and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine such as submarine moraines and marine mammals.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1195
http://www.pafko.com/trips/norway/n5/

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