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Cruises to Olden

Olden (Photo:Natalia Kabliuk/Shutterstock)
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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DAY 1: New York

21 Night
Cruise to Olden

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DAY 1: Amsterdam

8 Night
Cruise to Olden

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7 Night
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21 Night
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14 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Princess Cruises
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16 Night
Cruise to Olden

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34 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Fort Lauderdale
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11 Night
Cruise to Olden

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10 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Copenhagen
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Bergen, Flam ...
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Silversea Cruises
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7 Night
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Southampton
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MSC Cruises
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18 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Southampton
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Olden, Svolvaer ...
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Azamara
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7 Night
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17 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Stavanger, Eidfjord ...
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Azamara
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7 Night
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14 Night
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7 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Rostock
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14 Night
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21 Night
Cruise to Olden

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New York
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12 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Greenwich
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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14 Night
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Copenhagen
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10 Night
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Copenhagen
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21 Night
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Amsterdam
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12 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Reykjavik
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Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Olden

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Rostock
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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.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2016 Top-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Destinations

Olden Cruise Reviews

Queen Victoria
Kitty72
Sail Date: May 2019
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
Llanfairpg
Sail Date: Jul 2019
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
Gotthebugforsailing
Sail Date: Jun 2019
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
Costa Mediterranea
Chukigek
Sail Date: Jun 2019
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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