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Cruises to Olden

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Olden (Photo:Natalia Kabliuk/Shutterstock)

About Olden

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.

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Coral Princess
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Coral Princess

107 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Jewel of the Seas

9 Night
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Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Island Princess

34 Night
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Sky Princess

7 Night
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108 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

26 Night
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Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Marina

22 Night
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Leaving:Oslo
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
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Sky Princess

28 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Azamara Quest

14 Night
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Leaving:Dublin
Cruise Line:Azamara
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Carnival Pride

9 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Sky Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Marina

10 Night
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Leaving:Oslo
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Queen Victoria

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Cunard Line
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Sky Princess

21 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
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Island Princess

16 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
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Queen Victoria

14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
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Carnival Pride

9 Night
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Leaving:Dover
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MSC Orchestra

14 Night
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370 Reviews
Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
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Queen Victoria

7 Night
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MSC Preziosa

14 Night
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Leaving:Kiel
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Norwegian Prima

14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Anthem of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Anthem of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Anthem of the Seas

7 Night
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Sky Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Why go to Olden?

Pros:

This tiny village is surrounded by natural beauty, including the stunning Briksdal Glacier

Cons:

While Olden is well-appointed, if you're not into the outdoors, you might not find much to do

Bottom Line:

From hiking to fishing and boating, adventure seekers can make the most of a day in Olden

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.


Olden Cruise Reviews
We booked the Sky Lift and Glacier tour through Cunard and was a fabulous trip. The sky lift was spectacular with enough time to have walk around at the top and enjoy coffee and cake. Then on to the Glacier which... Read More
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Kitty72
Ok so Olden is nice. But I can't help thinking that there are over inflated prices for the tourists. We went for a beer in a brewery and it was £13 for one pint. Ridicules. I know we are on holiday but my money was... Read More
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Gotthebugforsailing
Olden was great going to the Birksdal glacier, with the ride most of the way up (Troll car). The last bit we had to walk was hard, but we'll worth it.... Read More
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Llanfairpg
Olden - Piece of glacier you see is quite small though road to it is fun (despite crowded) Waterfall is breathtaking! You can get there with Norway Excursions as well as take excursion in the harbour.... Read More
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