A week plus with the SD1 (long.....very long)

Started Jul 7, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Re: A week plus with the SD1 (long.....very long)
In reply to Kendall Helmstetter Gelner, Jul 8, 2011

Kendall:

Alaska has the glaciers and beautiful scenery and more wildlife (ocean and land). The few towns they have are generic and not very photogenic. The fjords of Norway are more dramatic in that the larger cruise ships can get right in them. As I understand it there are many glaciers in Alaska not accessible by large cruise ship. The towns in Norway are more photogenic...several small villages nestled in the fjords are very quaint and pretty. I didn't see any life but pigeons on the Norway cruise. The narrow fjords with their steep walls are overpowering but not something you can take a good picture of. Lots of down time on both (long cruising without stopping). The quality of the light at Flam was spectacular. I just stood there and looked up at these low clouds on the walls of the fjord. It was electrifying.

I have been to Alaska 3 times and Norway once. Although there are more photo ops on the Norway cruise and the fjords are more dramatic, I would opt for Alaska again. The glaciers are very special.

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