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Here is the reason that we decided, during our little cruise of the Norwegian fjords, not to travel on the famous Flåm Railway. We had concluded some time earlier, because our time in Flåm was very limited, that we wanted to visit the little village of Undredal. And we were definitely not disappointed!

Undredal lies only a short distance (14 Km) by road from Flåm though until 1988, when a road with two long tunnels was constructed, the only way to get there was by boat. Lying on the very edge of Aurlandsfjorden and surrounded by high mountains, the village has a population of just around 100.

Land for cultivation is at a premium and so the building of new homes is severely restricted. The main occupation of the population is farming but that is almost completely limited to the rearing of goats which are able to graze on sparse vegetation on the steep mountains' lower slopes. Undredal is famous for its varieties of goats' cheese which include not only a delicious traditional unpasteurised cheese but also an equally delicious but curiously sweet flavoured brown cheese called "Geitost" which is made from the whey rather than the curd of the milk. And we had the pleasure of sampling both.

This picture was taken looking across the village and Aurlandsfjorden from near the famous Undredal Church of which I shall try to show some photographs later.

ISO 200, 1/250 sec at F/8. focal length 27mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1927 W: 427 N: 7230] (29026)
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