We continued our boat journey deep into Lysefjord, located in the Ryfylke district of Norway just east of Stavanger.
This is one instance in photography in which I did not mind the gray overcast, as it gave a sense of drama to the granite cliffs towering overhead:
The muted grays of the sky and the cliffs stood in stark contrast to the bright green foliage:
Lining the fjord were numerous waterfalls cascading down the cliffs and into the waters:
On the return through the fjord the clouds began to open up, giving better light for some of the farms and towns along the way:
But there was still plenty of photographic drama awaiting us:
We still had one more tour stop to make before exiting Lysefjord to head back toward Stavanger and the Vision of the Seas. It was time for a light lunch, and a Norwegian specialty awaited us at the Lysefjord-Helleren restaurant. Despite the name, this establishment is not actually on the small island of Helleren, but rather it overlooks Helleren from a smallish outcropping jutting into the fjord just to the east. Here we dined on waffles served with strawberry jam and sour cream, and it was delicious: