The village of Olden isn’t short on scenery – it’s nestled on the innermost arm of the Nordfjord, bookended by dramatic mountains. But you’ll need to head upwards to find its star attraction – Briksdalen Glacier, one of the most visited in Norway. Our route takes us past Olden’s 18th-century church and along the shores of Floen and Olden lakes to Rustøen, where brightly coloured farms pepper the slopes of the upper valley. Waterfalls foam down from the ice field on both sides of the valley, while in front you’ll be able to see the long, white tongue of Melkevoll Glacier. From here we’ll snake through woodland to the Briksdal Inn, where we’ll transfer to a little troll car that’ll take us up the hill to the glacier. The last 500 metres or so will be on foot, so make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes. The glacier itself is impressive – the jagged ice curves down between two rock faces, with colours varying from white to powder blue to turquoise. You might even hear the glacier calve while you’re there – it sounds like a clap of thunder.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.