Olden Cruise Port

Port of Olden: An Overview

As well as being surrounded by immense natural beauty -- think emerald lakes, towering mountains and cascading waterfalls -- this fjord village of approximately 500 inhabitants once hosted American portrait and landscape artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), whose "Singerheimen" home is about a mile from the pier.

Olden is mainly a gateway to outdoor activities, such as fishing or boating in the chilly teal-colored, glacier-fed waters of Oldevatnet Lake. The "Old Church," an unassuming white frame structure that dates back to 1759, is a tourist magnet. The interior is wooden and unpainted; there is no electricity or heating. The pews are in boxes, each with a wooden door, with some doors bearing family initials. The unusual antler-like hat racks on the men's side of the church are fashioned from the branches of young birch trees, with the bark removed.

Want to escape paying for internet onboard your ship? Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi in the center of Olden.

Don't Miss

Briksdal Glacier: For many passengers stopping at Olden, the highlight is a visit to the Briksdal Glacier in a national park about 14 miles from the port. The blue-tinged glacier "tongue" pours like spilled paint between granite peaks toward the Briksdalen Valley. Reach a good viewing point by foot via a moderate hike that's roughly a 3.5-mile round trip, or take a green "troll car" (an open-top off-road vehicle) to the banks of a stream where glacier photo opportunities are ideal. A large souvenir shop that accepts dollars and a cafe make for good pit stops after glacier-viewing. Sadly, Briksdal has been receding at a steady pace in the last century. (Access to Briksdal is weather dependent; Briksdalsbre Fjellstove As, 6792 Briksdalsbre; +47-5787-6800)

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Norway's currency is the krone. Credit cards are widely accepted and an ATM can be found just past the Coop supermarket, a five-minute walk from the pier. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language

Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

For More Information

On the Web: Visit Norway

Cruise Critic Message Boards: Northern Europe & Baltics

IndependentTraveler.com: Norway Travel Guide

--By Kitty Bean Yancey, Cruise Critic contributor

  • Olden: Norwegian Jade
    Malibu cutie
    Very small town. Needed tender to get into port. Took a trolley train on excursion not through ship ... Read more
  • Olden: Azura
    Colin C Tring
    A nice place to see but unless you book a tour, (especially the glacier tour evidently), there is not much to do. We did go on a trip on the tourist "train", (similar to the one thats runs along the front at Eastbourne), however it did ... Read more
  • Olden: Arcadia
    Shazzy B
    We did go on an excursion when we got to Olden. When we disembarked we were greeted by a member of the shore excursion team who showed us which coach we were on. The whole trip was great as the scenery was fantastic. It was the Norwegian national ... Read more
  • Olden: Britannia
    Potty Terracotta
    Again a very small but pretty hamlet with nothing much to do if you are not on an excursion. It did have a hop on bus service though. We went on a boat on Lovansnett Lake which was enjoyable ... Read more
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