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Getting To Know Olden – Cruise Port Guide
Olden, set deep within the Nordfjord, is a destination for exploring the outdoors and our Olden cruise port guide is the only tool you need to help build the perfect day. This is why you come to Norway, to witness the glory of nature. With Olden it’s seeing how the power of glaciers has, over thousands of years, scoured and shaped the landscape and left behind the fjords, glacial lakes and waterfalls that are so quintessential to the imagery of Norway.
The Jostedalsbreen National Park encompasses the largest glacier on the European mainland, the Jostedalsbreen. There is over 310 square miles of glacier surrounding Olden as part of the national park, with the most touristic being the Briksdal Glacier, offering visitors a nice gentle 2.5km hike along a mountain trail, passing cascading waterfalls before arriving in front of the glacier and its glacial lake.
Olden itself is an attractive little town, with a few amenities to support the ever-expanding visiting tourism numbers. This port is all about the outdoors and from the port you can hire bikes, take a trolley train ride around the town, go out onto the fjord in a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) for an exhilarating and fast ride to take in the views, or you can hike the many trails to vantage points providing sweeping and expansive views.
If you want to save your energy and still have the best view of the surrounding area, then the Loen Skylift can transport you to a height of 1,011 metres (3,317 ft) on the top of Mount Hoven above the Nordfjord. USA Today even named it one of the World’s Top 10 Cable Cars, and they have a good case for it too, with the view taking in a complete panorama of the Nordfjord and the Jostedalsbreen National Park. There is even a restaurant with panoramic windows so you can relax and enjoy the scenery without ever having to have broken a sweat, unless you don’t like heights that is!
The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone. Norway has a reputation as one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the average price of a standard cup of coffee is around £3/$4. Budget accordingly if you plan to dine out each day, as meals are roughly around 110kr per person (£11/$13 per person).
Olden town has a few small amenities including a tourist information centre at the port and several souvenir shops. In town you can find a supermarket and some restaurants and cafes. Numerous local tour operators run sightseeing excursions and an open top bus route around the area. There are no taxi services and a limited local bus service which links the port with Briksdal Glacier. The port offers a paid shuttle service to the Loen Skylift which includes the cable car ticket, just check at the tourist information office for the frequency of the service and prices.
Key highlights of Olden
- Loen Skylift
- Jostedalsbreen National Park
- Kjenndalen Glacier
- Briksdal Glacier
- Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre
- Mountain Biking
- RIB Rides
Regular cruise line visitors
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
- P&O Cruises
- SAGA Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
- Viking Ocean
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