Quaint wooden farmhouses sit below jagged mountain peaks in this land of superlative natural features. Witness nature at its most spectacular as you visit tiny Olden. The village nestles at the mouth of the Oldeelva River on the southern banks of Norway’s sixth-longest fjord Nordfjord. Embark on dreamy lake cruises confront cascading glaciers and ascend to staggering viewpoints to survey the majesty from above. Olden is surrounded by valleys carved by the slow grind of mighty glaciers peeling off from immense ice caps. See mainland Europe’s largest Jostedalsbreen with its 22 arms spilling down into branches which rest between mountains. Head for the blue-white terminus of the Briksdal Glacier to admire the icy expanse up close and hike the deeply picturesque surroundings. From Olden you can sail out on the smooth waters of the scenic Nordfjord or calmly kayak across its glassy surface observing sharp peaks and cascading waterfalls. Take a coffee break at Lovatnet Lake – be sure to give the local waffles and strawberry jam a try – before heading out onto the gorgeous blue-green water which is coloured by minerals and clay particles washed in by the glacial water. The valley’s bulging mountain walls tower above you as you glide across the magical surface. Nearby you'll find the slightly larger village of Loen. Jump on the Skylift and you can reach the bill-topping view from the 1 011-metre tall perch of Mount Hoven where a spread of villages fjords and mountains is set before you.