Olden Cruises, Norway
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The village of Olden finds a home on the innermost arm of the lovely Nordfjord. It’s surrounded by dramatic mountains, making it one of the most charming villages in west Norway. Its main attraction, however, is the beautiful Briksdalen Glacier, one of the most visited glaciers in Norway. Starting from the village centre, see the old church and make your way along the shores of Floen Lake to the long and narrow Olden Lake. This route brings you to Rustoen, where colourful farms pepper the fertile upper valley. On both sides you’ll be able to see thundering waterfalls coming from the ice field. Then you’ll clap eyes on the long white tongue of the Melkevoll Glacier. The road carries on to the Briksdal Inn, where you’ll start your 45-minute walk to the incredible Briksdalen Glacier, cloaked in shades of blue and turquoise. Afterwards, return to the Inn to relax before making the return trip to Olden.
The charming village of Olden has a snatched a superb setting on the innermost arm of the mighty Nordfjord. This tour takes you on a coach ride along the shores of the fjord to Loen village. You’ll head towards Lodalen Valley to the far end at Kjenndalen, where you’ll continue on foot to Kjenndalen Glacier. It’s an arm of the famous Josedalsbreen Glacier - the largest glacier on mainland Europe. Afterwards, walk back to your coach and make your way to Kjenndalen Lodge. At this point, your tour continues by boat, whisking you off on a mini-cruise across the scenic Lovatnet Lake to Sande, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Olden.
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.