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4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic Staff

Port of 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.

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

About Olden


Pro

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

Con

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


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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.