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Approximately 3¾ Hours
Norway's fjords were formed after the last Ice Age, when glaciers and rivers were carved through rock formations. Once the ice receded, the land was transformed, and mountain ranges, valleys, and deep fjords were the gifts left behind.
Board the Vision of the Fjords -- a new hybrid boat of innovative Norwegian design. Cruise along Aurlandsfjord and into dramatic Nærøyfjord -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 10.5-mile-long fjord affords spectacularly rugged views.
Back on dry land, an equally picturesque panoramic drive by motorcoach takes you through one of Norway's longest tunnels. From the small settlement of Gudvangen, continue up the Nærøy Valley. Watch for Stalheimsfossen waterfall on your left and Sivlefoss waterfall on your right.
The steepest road in Norway brings you to Stalheim. Step inside a charming cliff-top hotel perched above a magnificent view of the valley. Check out the antiques and enjoy a typical Norwegian pastry with coffee or tea.
The trip back to Flåm offers outstanding views and passes through two tunnels, one more than six miles long.
The vessel is covered, heated and restroom-equipped. There is no narration during the cruise portion of the tour, so you are free to enjoy the sound of nature on the outside decks. The cruise portion is not exclusive to Holland America Line guests.