Olden, Norway

By the mid-19th century, European travelers were cruising the waters of the Nordfjord and visiting the village of Olden. The Romantic Movement inspired this new taste for dramatic landscape - and Norway had plenty of dramatic landscape. Then as now, travelers were impressed, moved, and not frequently overwhelmed by the stark contrast between peaceful rural farmsteads and a towering wilderness of mountain peaks and glaciers.

For many years Olden was home to American landscape artist William H. Singer (1868-1943). Scion of a Pittsburgh steel family, Singer provided Olden with a road and a regional hospital.

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Points of Interest

  • Jostedalsbreen National Park
  • Nordfjord
  • Briksdal Glacier
  • Loen
  • Kjenndalen Glacier
  • Lake Lovatn
  • Olden Lake

More about Olden, Norway Points of Interest

  • Jostedalsbreen National Park

    Jostedalbreen Glacier is famous for its vast ice sheets, which are the largest in mainland Europe. The National park's Visitors' Center features many fascinating exhibits, and 3D displays of the glaciers.

  • Nordfjord

    At 66 miles, the Nordfjord is the sixth longest fjord in Norway, and encompasses the Jostedalsbreen, mainland Europe's largest glacier. Famous for its skiing, it is also popular with fishing enthusiasts.

  • Briksdal Glacier

    Briksdal Glacier, a hiker's favorite, is situated on the north side of the Jostedalsbreen National Park, and flows over 3,937 feet, down the dramatic mountainside into the Briksdal Valley.

  • Loen

    Loen is a small, picturesque village located in the inner part of the Nordfjord, about four miles north of Olden. It is also home to some of the oldest farms in Norway, pre-dating Christianity.

  • Kjenndalen Glacier

    The Kjenndalen Glacier is one of the many glaciers in Jostedalsbreen National Park, but is unique in that it is an intense blue-green color. A 30-minute hike will take you to a beautiful view of the glacier.

  • Lake Lovatn

    Lake Lovatn boasts miles of turquoise waters, which have been colored by clays washed down from the Kjenndalen Glacier. Twice in the last century, avalanches triggered tsunami-like waves on the lake.

  • Olden Lake

    Enjoy the bule-green water, mountain waterfalls and gaze in awe at the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

7 EXCURSIONS

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Briksdal Glacier Hike

4 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 2 0 0
  • Jostedalsbreen National Park
  • Briksdal Glacier

Join the 300,000 visitors who are lucky enough to explore the Jostedalsbreen National Park every year, and view the magnificent Briksdalen Glacier on a refreshing mountain hike. Afterwards, enjoy pastries with coffee or tea, at the scenic Briksdal Inn.

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Kayaking on the Nordfjord

3 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 5 8 0
  • Nordfjord

At 66 miles, the Nordfjord is the sixth-longest fjord in Norway and is almost 2,000 feet deep at the mouth. Discover its epic beauty from the seat of a kayak as you glide effortlessly through deep green waters surrounded by mountains, cascades and frosted glaciers enjoying expert commentary from your guide.

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Easy Nordfjord

4.5 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 2 9 0
  • Nordfjord

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Savor the unique landscape of Norway's beautiful fjords on a narrated scenic drive around Nordfjord. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic vistas of Olden and your ship, from the striking Nos Viewpoint, sample delicious regional cakes in Eide, and then view Hornindalsvannet, Europe's deepest lake.

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Jostedal National Park Center & Videseter

4.5 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 2 0 5
  • Jostedalsbreen National Park

Tour the fascinating Jostedalsbreen National Park Center, which features educational exhibits and 3D models of the park's glacial flows. Then drive along beautiful Lake Stryn, before sampling traditional Norwegian cakes, while soaking up the views at the historic Videseter Inn.

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Lovatnet Lake & Kjenndalen Glacier Hike

4.5 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 2 1 0
  • Nordfjord
  • Loen
  • Jostedalsbreen National Park
  • Kjenndalen Glacier
  • Lake Lovatn

Experience the best of Norway on this glorious excursion to the Jostedalsbreen National Park, where you will have a short, easy hike to the blue-green face of the Kjenndal Glacier. Enjoy coffee and cakes at a charming mountain lodge, before cruising the turquoise waters of Lake Lovatn.

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Brenndalsbreen & Briksdalbreen: Hike to Two Glaciers

6 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 4 2 0
  • Jostedalsbreen National Park
  • Briksdal Glacier

Experience an energetic hike up the Brenndal Valley, located in the sprawling Jostedalsbreen National Park, where you will enjoy views of the stunning Brenndalsbreen glacier. Then stop for lunch at the picturesque Briksdal Inn, before hiking to the face of Briksdal Glacier.

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Loen Skylift & Kjenndalen Glacier

4 hours | Olden | O L 1 - 1 8 5
  • Kjenndalen Glacier

Enjoy two jaw-dropping views of Loen's majestic beauty. A scenic drive into the Lodalen Valley ends with a short stroll to the lookout point of picturesque Kjenndalen Glacier. Then, glide 3,300 feet up Mt. Hoven in the Loen Skylift for a bird's-eye-view of the area's villages, mountains and glacier.

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