Fjord Safari – Norway
While staying in Flåm, we took the Fjord Safari with Stop in Undredal excursion, booked through the Fjord Tours website. I originally wanted to go kayaking, but the kayaking trips aren’t available until mid-June, and we were there in late May. The excursion was a 3-hour rib boat tour on the Aurlandsfjord and the Næøryfjord, with a stop in the village of Undredal. As it turned out, Scott and I were the only two people on the excursion that afternoon, so it felt like a private tour. The people working at Fjord Safari were extremely friendly and helpful, providing warm clothes (floatation suits, gloves, hats and goggles – which you need, because it’s chilly on that water!) and welcoming us to Flåm.
The knowledgeable local guide explained the region in more detail, telling us the history and folklore of the surrounding villages. He grew up in the region, and wanted to study to be a paramedic. On the way to the village, he told us that we were likely to spot more goats than people in Undredal, as the population is about 100 people and 500 goats. True indeed, as we saw these lazy fellas welcoming us:
In Undredal, we enjoyed a tasting of jams, juices and local cheeses. Their traditionally-made brown goat cheese was definitely a highlight!
We were then on to Gudvangen, which was territory we had covered on the ferry to Flåm, but being in the rib boat was a completely different experience. So beautiful!
The highlight of the excursion had to be when the guide drove the rib boat right up to the base of a gorgeous waterfall.
And of course, no one could forget what our guide called “the real Lord of the Rings stuff”, which was made even more glorious as we were so close to the water in the small boat.
The tour was well worth the time and money, in my opinion. One more reason I loved our time in Flåm.
– Adults: NOK 720
– Children (4-15 years): NOK 460
(prices are per Fjord Tours website at the time of writing)