This week I’ll continue with our 2019 Majestic Princess cruise through New Zealand’s Fiordland National park. But today we’re going to concentrate on the surrounding mountains and the myriad islands that dot the waters.
Here in Fiordland there are some fifteen glacially carved deep fiords. The two we’re exploring in this series are Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, which I’ll explain in more depth starting next week during our March 2020 visitation.
Some of the fiords reach inland up to 25 miles/40 kilometers. And the mountains on view here are the southern most extension of the Southern Alps range, which traverse nearly the full length of New Zealand’s South Island.
In addition to the fiords, glacial carving left behind many islands in the waterways:
The surrounding Southern Alp peaks are tall enough to display a prominent tree line:
From tall mountains to calm waters, the views here make for quite a pleasing contrast:
And, of course, the magnificent beech woodlands add to the attraction:
The dramatic sheer drop-offs into the fiords are an added plus for the photographer: