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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.

Marvel at an ever-changing panorama of rugged mountains, glistening lakes and lush valleys, and find out about the sprawling Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Set off from the tiny, charming village of Olden at the head of the Nordfjord and take in the scenery as you journey through picturesque Stryn, along the bank of the eponymous river.

Discover the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park Centre in a beautiful setting by the turquoise waters of Lake Stryn, flanked by sky-high mountains. Explore the intriguing exhibits relating to the glacier and watch a film about the region’s natural wonders. Shop for souvenirs before you head off to enjoy refreshments of coffee and delicious traditional pancakes at a local venue, then relax on the scenic drive back to Olden.

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

Enjoy a great walk and a close look at the mesmerising glacier.

Take the unique opportunity to come face-to-face with the crowning glory of the spectacular landscape surrounding Olden – the Briksdal Glacier.

Enjoy the ride as you drive through the beautiful Olden Valley and gaze out at the rugged mountains, frosty glacier tongues, crashing waterfalls and the emerald-green water of Lake Olden. Your guide will reveal fascinating information about the area as you journey towards the Briksdal Inn, where you’ll set off under your own steam on an enchanting walk.

Cross the river and stroll through the idyllic countryside before you come to the viewpoint near Briksdal Glacier, which flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. Marvel at this natural wonder as it glows before you and take plenty of photos, then walk back to the inn for coffee and cake and the chance to shop for souvenirs.

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.

Enjoy the ride as a ‘troll car’ takes you through an enchanting national park, then behold the incredible Briksdal Glacier from close up.

Your scenic experience begins with a journey through the Olden Valley. Hear the fascinating stories of the area as you pass by towering mountains, thundering waterfalls, gleaming glacier tongues and the emerald-green waters of Lake Olden.

At the Briksdal Inn, hop in an open-top ‘troll car’ and feel the breeze in your hair as your driver winds along the country roads to the Jostedalsbreen National Park. From the park’s entrance, walk to the viewpoint of the Briksdal Glacier and marvel at this natural wonder, which flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside and glows in shades of white and blue. Take plenty of photos then stroll back to the waiting troll car for the return drive to the inn where you’ll enjoy hot coffee, delicious cake and souvenir shopping if you wish.

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.

Crayfishing by RIB

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 2½ hours

A unique fishing experience. Try your hand at catching crayfish in the deep, tranquil waters of the Nordjord.

Combine a thrilling RIB ride with the unique experience of catching and cooking crayfish in a beautiful waterway.

Speed out onto the world-famous Nordfjord as your expert Captain cuts through the serene waters. Fill your lungs with the pure air and feel the breeze in your hair as you pass by sky-high mountains, thundering waterfalls and lush forests on your way to the waiting crayfish pots.

Haul in your catch and admire the clawed crustaceans. But don’t get too friendly! Soon you’ll be in a cosy lavvu tent at a Sami camp, watching the crayfish cook on an open fire. Tuck in as the locals do, with fresh rustic bread and mayonnaise.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by RIB. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Please take waterproof footwear and warm clothing. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Fishing equipment is included. This tour is dependent on weather conditions and may be cancelled at short notice.

Nordfjord Fishing, Rowing and Seafood Lunch

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 3 hours

A once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience in a historic vessel.

Fish for ‘monsters’ in the serene waters of one of Norway’s most picturesque fjords and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

Whether you’re an avid angler or a novice netter who’s simply looking for a unique way to explore the beautiful Nordfjord, this is the experience for you.

Meet your experienced Captain and practise your rowing technique before climbing into a 100-year-old wooden boat. This vessel was used to transport villagers to church in the early 1900s but today you’ll be taking it into the heart of the fjord’s deep waters in search of huge cod, monkfish, wolffish, pollack and mackerel.

Admire the breathtaking scenes of emerald hillsides that rise into towering mountains as you make your way to the waiting ‘big-fish’ lines, then pull them up and see what’s on the end. Back on dry land, settle into a local venue for a hearty lunch inspired by the catch of the day, and be as creative as you dare when describing the size of the fish you reeled in.

Essential information

This tour is operated by rowing boat and on foot. Guests must be in good physical condition to participate and children under 8 years and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. Life jackets are supplied and must be worn. You are recommended to take a wind/waterproof jacket, sunglasses and a hat.

 

A selection of cruises to Olden

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