Thursday, September 2, 2010

Norwegian Experience: Day 3

Today Norwegian Experience winner Bruce Johnson enjoyed an excursion from the MS Balmoral to the Hardangerfjord, which Bruce says “is incredibly beautiful.” The boat then dropped the Johnson’s off in Ulvik, a municipality in Hordaland county. Ulvik is situated in the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord and stretches to 1800 meters above sea level. Due to the lush gardens and famous fruit blossom in May, tourism has been a big part of the life in the small village. It only has 1000 residents.

While in Ulvik, Bruce and his wife toured the Lekve Fruit Farm and learned about the production of apple cider and juice. Afterward they sampled local cuisine from the farm’s restaurant that opened in 2009.

The cruise ship is now traveling along the Norwegian coast, heading toward tomorrow’s destination of Skjolden, Norway. Bruce described the view saying, “we have breath-taking views right from our balcony of waterfalls and salmon farms and glaciers. Norway is the most beautiful country anyone can imagine and this must be one of the most wonderful ways in the world to see Norway.”

Check back in later this week with more updates from Bruce, and of course, more details of this amazing trip. Also, if you’d like to learn more about the Ulvik area, Bruce recommends contacting Caroline S Lehmann at

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