The village of Olden clings to the banks of the Nordfjord, surrounded by steep mountains and lovely valleys. Boating on the fjord, hiking on nearby scenic mountain trails, as well as salmon and sea-trout fishing in the River Olden combine to make this small town an enjoyable holiday destination. The summer season brings visitors to the area who are interested in glacier skiing on the Briksdal Glacier and the Jostedal Glacier, Europe’s biggest. View more
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Embrace the scenic splendour of Norway during this panoramic, half-day excursion to the renowned Briksdal Glacier.
Glacial Lakes and Valleys
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the Briksdal Mountain Lodge. En route, drive through the valley along the shore of the Floen and Olden lakes. Ahead of you, view the long white stretch of the Melkevoll Glacier. The road ascends through woodlands to the Briksdal Mountain Lodge at the end of the road.
Glacial drive with Trollcars and Briksdal and Jostedal Glaciers
Upon arrival, begin your guided, approximately 15/20 minutes drive with Trollcars. After crossing the river, climb the lovely scenic switchback path to the top of a waterfall. Here, take in a the view of the Briksdal Glacier, the largest arm of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European mainland.
Briksdal Glacier and Mountain Lodge
The first part of the drive is somewhat steep, but the uneven terrain flattens out upon reaching the highlight of your tour, the Briksdal Glacier itself. A stop is made here to take in the stunning beauty of this imposing natural wonder. Afterward, drive back the same route back to the Briksdal Mountain Lodge. Following a refreshment stop with coffee and cakes and some time to browse the gift shop, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimum amount of walking only in the Briksdal Glacier, at times over uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Weather appropriate clothing, preferably in layers and weather proof (rain jacket and trouser in case of rain) with flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.
Embrace the scenic splendour of the Nordfjord and Mount Hoven during this picturesque sight-seeing and cable-car excursion.
Olden, Lodalen Valley, Kjendallen Glacier in the distance
This tour starts in the village of Olden, which has around 500 inhabitants and is located on the innermost part of the Nordfjord, 6th longest fjord in Norway.
From here, we take a drive along the on the winding road along fjord to the neighbouring village of Loen. Thereafter we continue into the Lodalen Valley to the far end at Kjenndalen. From here we take a short stroll up to a view point of the Kjenndalen glacier in the distance - an arm of the mighty Jostedalsbreen glacier - the largest glacier on mainland-Europe. We walk back to the bus and drive back towards Loen.
Loen Village, Cable Car-Ride and Mount Hove
Upon arrival at the Hoven Loen Lower Station, board your new cable car (inaugurated last summer) for the breath-taking ride up to Mount Hoven, located approximately 3,317 feet (about 1,011 metres) above sea level, and approximately 656 feet (about 200 metres) above the treeline in this part of Norway.
Surrounding Mountain Scenery, Fjords and Villages
Upon arrival at Mount Hoven, a refreshment stop is made for coffee and spectacular panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountain scenery, along with splendid views of the fjord and villages below. Some free time is also made available here for a short stroll to soak up the scenery at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit to Mount Hoven, re-board the cable car for the ride down to the Hoven Loen Lower Station, then re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 109 yards (about 100 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and a flight of stairs at the cable car; a ramp and lift at the cable car are also available. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible, and not recommended for guests with a fear of tunnels and guests with a fear of heights. Warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility and views. This tour runs in nearly all weather conditions, even if there might not be a good view from the top station and/or it is raining. However, the cable car may close without prior notice in the event of prevailing high winds and/or heavy rain. In this case, a sightseeing tour of Olden and its surrounds via coach is substituted, and guests are refunded the fare for the cable car and refreshment break.
Experience the spectacular beauty and flavours of the Nordfjord in a unique new way during this memorable cray fishing excursion.
Depart the pier for the short walk to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) docking site. After receiving your safety instructions and being fitted for your warm, rain and windproof floatation suits, set out on a speedy and invigorating RIB boat-trip along the Nordfjord
A stop is made to pull up the crayfish pots, which are already down below the fjord, into the boat. Once ashore, your catch is cooked outside and served to you in the Troll Room,a special private room in a restaurant near the pier. Following your meal, commence the short walk back to the ship on-foot.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 262 yards (about 240 metres). Guests must be able to climb in to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests prone to seasickness, guests with shellfish allergies, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Warm, rain and windproof suits are provided for all passengers; the suits also serve as lifejackets. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Discover the rugged natural terrain of Norway by land and water during this half-day excursion including a short hike and a lake cruise.
Nordfjord and Kjenndalen Valley
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive, where you travel along the Nordfjord - the sixth-longest fjord in Norway - before continuing up the magnificent Kjenndalen Valley en route to the trailhead of the Kjenndal Glacier. The glacier is situated in Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to the largest ice sheet in mainland Europe.
Kjenndal Glacier Hike and Kjenndalen Mountain Lodge
Upon arrival, begin a guided hike through this wonderful landscape leading to a viewpoint, from where you can see the glacierNext, a stop is made for waffles with coffee or tea at the Kjenndalen Mountain Lodge.
Lake Loen Cruise
Afterward, head to stunning Lake Loen. Here, embark a boat for a panoramic, approximately 7-miles (11-kilometre) cruise along the lake's turquoise waters. Along the way, your guide explains how the waters have been coloured by clays washed down from the glacier. Seeing the landscape from the boat offers a distinctly different perspective of your surroundings. Upon reaching the pier on the opposite side of the lake, re-board your awaiting coach for the approximately 30 -minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: To fully participate:This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1 mile (about 1600 metres), , with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and several steps to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Weather appropriate clothes, with sturdy walking shoes or trekking shoes/ boots and sun protection are recommended. Tour will operate in all weather conditions. The tour sequence may vary.
Experience the breath-taking natural scenery and panoramic vistas of Norway from a unique perspective during this captivating flight-seeing excursion.
Olden, Innvikfjord and Nordfjord
Depart the pier for the short drive to the helipad in Tyvaneset. Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions, board your helicopter and lift-off for your approximately 30 minutes, narrated flight-seeing tour. Your route begins over Olden, which lies at the head of the Innvikfjord, a branch of the Nordfjord.
Next, fly over the Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier on mainland Europe. This glacier has 22 named outlets, or 'glacial arms' or 'tongues', many of which are accessible from Olden. The area offers spectacular scenery, shaped over thousands of years by glacial erosion. Faults and fractures underneath the glacier have carved out valleys and mountain passes.
Myklebust Glacier, Briksdal Glacier, Brenndal Glacier
Highlights to be seen during your helicopter flight-seeing tour include the Myklebust Glacier, Briksdal Glacier, Brenndal Glacier, eastern part of the Nordfjord,Loen valley and Lake Loen. At the conclusion of your tour, return to the helipad, re-board your car and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the vehicle and board/de-board the helicopter. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible, and not recommended for guests prone to motion sickness and guests prone to airsickness. There is a large step to board, and for safety reasons, guests cannot be carried on to the helicopter; if you are unable to board without assistance, no refund is possible. Warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility, views and the route chosen. The pilot's main concern is the passengers' safety, and flights may be cancelled on short notice if prevailing weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe. The pilot decides the seating arrangements; please note that not all participants are seated next to a window, although we are assured that everyone will enjoy a good view. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Please note that for operational reasons there may be changes on the departure times that will be finally communicated once on board. All departure times will be in the morning