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About Olden

The peaceful village of Olden has the perfect Fjordland cruise setting - nestling at the southern end of one branch of the beautiful Nordfjord and at the entrance to the gorgeous Oldedalen Valley.

A lake in the valley has been turned a rich, deep green by the river pouring down the mountains from the vast, million-years-old Briksdal Glacier. Giant waterfalls also cascade down making the views even more spectacular as you travel through the valley to the foot of the glacier - one of the offshoots of the vast Jostedal Glacier now designated as a national park.

Other tours head overland to the inner Nordfjord area with its wind-blown rocks, towering mountains and verdant valleys. Also in the area are folk and glacier museums, a skiing centre on the glacier plateau and northern Europe's deepest lake - Hornindalsvatnet.

 

Shore excursions in Olden

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Beautiful Stryn

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy an ever changing panorama of mountains, lakes and valleys.

Starting off in the charming, picturesque village of Olden at the head of the Nordfjord, you’ll pass through Stryn, before continuing alongside the Stryn River on to Stryn Lake with its crystal-clear, turquoise-coloured water.

Soon you’ll reach the Jostedal Glacier National Park Centre, where a film of the area will be shown. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to look around the interesting exhibitions, which explain the natural environment beneath and on the Glacier itself.

During the tour, there will be a stop to sample a delicious type of Norwegian pancakes called svele accompanied by tea or coffee whilst admiring the surrounding view.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is a limited amount of walking on this tour, some of which is over gravelled ground at the National Park Centre. This tour involves tunnels and is not suitable for those who suffer from a fear of heights or vertigo. The return journey follows the same route back to Olden.

Briksdal Glacier

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

An opportunity to come face to face with the crowning glory of this scenic landscape – the beautiful Briksdal Glacier.

Travel by coach through the beautiful Olden Valley with its majestic mountains, glacier tongues, waterfalls and the green Olden Lake. During the drive your guide will provide you with interesting information on the area. On arrival at the Briksdal Inn, you’ll begin your walk up to the Briksdal Glacier.

Briksdal Glacier, located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, is part of the Jostedal Glacier Icefield, which is the largest glacier on the European mainland. This massive Glacier flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. A 45 minute walk will take you across the river and through pristine scenery until you come face to face with one of Europe’s most spectacular examples of an ancient Glacier. There will be time to photograph the Glacier’s many shades of blue and turquoise before walking back to the Briksdal Inn where refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served. There will be time to browse the souvenir shop before boarding the coach back to Olden.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The walk to the Glacier is approximately 1½ miles; the first part is quite steep however it becomes flatter in places. Guides will not accompany passengers on the walk up to the glacier; meeting instructions will be provided prior to departing for your walk. Please wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes and carry a bottle of water and a warm jacket. Please heed the warning signs erected near the Glacier and do not venture beyond the safety barriers. The Glacier is not visible from the refreshment venue. This tour involves tunnels.

Briksdal Glacier by Troll Car

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

An opportunity to come face to face with the crowning glory of this scenic landscape – the beautiful Briksdal Glacier.

Travel by coach through the beautiful Olden Valley with its majestic mountains, glacier tongues, waterfalls and the green Olden Lake. On arrival at the Briksdal Inn, you’ll board your troll cars which will take you part of the way to the Briksdal Glacier.

Briksdal Glacier, located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, is part of the Jostedal Glacier Icefield, which is the largest Glacier on the European mainland. This massive Glacier flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. The troll cars will drop you off at the entrance to the National Park. It is not possible to see the Glacier from this point, however, there is a good view of it on the way up and a walk of approximately 550 yards will provide a closer look.

There will be time to admire the Glacier and photograph its many shades of blue and turquoise before walking back to the troll cars for the return journey to the Briksdal Inn where refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served. There will be time to browse the souvenir shop before boarding the coach back to Olden.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, troll car and on foot. The walk to the glacier from the troll cars will take approximately 15 minutes over some steep, uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes and carry a bottle of water and a warm jacket. Please heed the warning signs erected near the glacier and do not venture beyond the safety barriers. The glacier is not visible from the refreshment venue. This tour involves tunnels.

Helicopter Flightseeing

Activity low

Duration: 1 hour

It’s up, up and away for an unforgettable flightseeing experience over dramatic landscapes and the Jostedal Glacier.

Sit back and admire the stunning scenery surrounding the pretty village of Olden, as you take a short transfer to the helipad. The village of Olden is nestled at the head of the Nordfjord and is surrounded by towering mountains, superb waterfalls and several glaciers.

Make sure you have your camera ready, as your flightseeing offers a truly unique and exhilarating experience. Travel into the Jostedal Glacier area, for an approximate 13 minute flightseeing trip. From your aerial vantage point, enjoy spectacular views over the valley, lakes and mountains, including the Jostedal Glacier itself, the largest in continental Europe.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. Places on this tour are limited, therefore to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended. Flights and routes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or changed at short notice. Children must be aged 3 years or over and must be sat upright in their own seat. There is a strict weight restriction of maximum 18 stone per person. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. The transfer to and from the helipad takes approximately 20 minutes. The helicopters used vary in size and configuration. There may be restricted views for taking photos from the central and rear seats, seat allocation cannot be reserved. Passengers will be transferred and then split into 2 groups, while the first group takes the flight, the second will wait on the ground. Once both groups have completed the flight, you will return to the quay altogether.

Helicopter Flightseeing

Kjenndalen Glacier and Lovatnet Lake

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Enjoy a combination of dramatic scenery, the Kjenndalen Glacier and a leisurely lake cruise.

The charming village of Olden sits in lovely surroundings, by one of the innermost fjord arms of the mighty Nordfjord, stretching 62 miles inwards from the sea. Travel along the shores of the fjord to the pretty holiday village of Loen, which is surrounded by the fjord, Lovatnet Lake, glaciers, high mountains and lush vegetation.

On arrival in the Kjenndalen Valley, a 10 minute walk will take you to a viewpoint to see the Kjenndalen Glacier.

Enjoy refreshments of coffee or tea and a waffle at the Mountain Lodge before taking a boat trip down the 12½ mile long Lovatnet Lake to Sande. Sit back and relax on the leisurely cruise as you pass lovely scenery including the ill-reputed Ravnefjellet (Ravens’ Mountain), whose rockslides have caused tidal waves destroying many of the residences along the lake. At Sande, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return journey along the fjord to Olden.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are a few steps to access the boat, including those to the upper deck. Please wear flat, enclosed footwear and carry a warm jacket. There is limited seating on the top deck of the boat. This tour involves tunnels. Please be advised that due to the low number of boats available, capacity on this excursions is strictly limited therefore early pre-booking is essential.

 

A selection of cruises to Olden

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