The cruise in and out - all 60 miles of it each way is one of the highlights of a trip to Norway - with a rather small village the apparent reward - and we were a bit wary as we had been here last year and felt that the Birksdal Glacier was a seriously sad disappointment given how much it has shrunk.... but WOW - the Queen of Norway opened up a brand new option this year ...... the Loen Skylift. The Loen SkyLift is simply brilliant - expensive but brilliant. Why? 1. Only 10 minute coach transfer 2. Takes you 990m up! That is over 3,000ft above sea level (nearly as high as Snowdon) in 7 minutes in a beautiful Cable Car. 3. Stunning views are your reward from an amazing viewing station - across the surrounding landscape including the Nordfjord, and the glacier field. 4. Easy new paths enable you to walk on further up.... 5. Excellent mountain top restaurant - yes it is expensive - for two good reasons - a. Norway (it is expensive) and b. it is on top of the mountain! So whilst expensive, approx. £60 per person, it is no more expensive than most excursions, and is easy to book - simply on the quayside office.... Go for it! It simply was literally the icing on the cake for a cruise to the Norwegian fjords as it gave you a completely different perspective to that you enjoy on the ship. And oh boy does the ship look like a toy from over 3,000ft up!
Visited: Aug 12, 2017
Probably the nicest, friendliest and cleanest places I’ve ever visited, we did an excursion which was excellent and had a wonderful stroll around the place! Highly recommended.
My favourite port in Norway. Excellent walking/hiking with maps provided free at dockside. Wish we'd had longer to venture a little further. Really beautiful area.
Breathtaking place with beautiful nature. We took a walk to the red church which took around 20 minutes. On the way there we saw a beautiful river and little bridges. It's a wonderful hike if you like walking and exploring.
Beautiful place, we did a hike up a glacier from here which was amazing. Sailing in and around the fjords is absolutely stunning and a must for all cruisers.
Olden is wonderful. It was Norway’s national day, locals wearing national costume and there was a parade. Went on excursion to Stryn, scenery was breathtaking.
Olden is stunningly beautiful. The mountains are breath taking! The people are so friendly and kind. If your disabled like myself, it's not a problem, everyone is so helpful and considerate. A beautiful place to visit.
Olden is a small town with a population 500! It has 3 types of activities for the cruise traveller. 1) Briksdal Glacier - Princess cruise wanted $110 per person to transport you up to the drop off point. We took the local bus for NOK53 each way (around £5), it doesn't keep to a strict timetable but ours turned up around 10:25am. We had a brilliant bus driver who decided his true vocation was a tour guide and gave us running commentary on the 45mins drive up! The Briksdal drop off point had a shop and cafe with free toilets. You can choose to hike up 35mins (we took our time taking photos, so someone on a mission can probably do it in less than half an hour easily). Or if you have mobility issues there are golf carts called Troll Cars NOK110 each way, which drove you up then another 5 mins walk up to the glacier lake. It is sad to see how much the glacier has retreated compared to the Princess brochure. But it was still beautiful, who knows when it will disappear forever? I tried some glacier water and it was icy fresh! 2) Loen Skylift - this is fairly expensive around £50 ticket price or $160 per person if you took the Princess cruise organised tour. This was newly installed in 2017 to create another attraction near Olden, as the Briksdal Glacier is rapidly retreating. It overlooks the valley, but we decided time was better spent hiking to see the glacier which might not be there in a few years. 3) Land train - NOK200 each for a tour of Olden town and the lake. Takes 1.5hr and departs right from the dock. It will wait until it fills up until it departs.
A beautiful port surrounded by mountains and with a spectacular view.
Visited: Jun 07, 2010
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