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.

  • Olden: Britannia
    iliketalentshows
    Very beautiful place.We had excursion Kayaking for 3 hours,loved it. ... Read more
  • Olden: Britannia
    bahtat56
    Nothing much in the port but went on excellent glacier tour combined with lake boat trip ... Read more
  • Olden: Black Watch
    jlajr
    After breakfast, I got off the ship and turned right (south), toward the center of the town. I then walked along the road to Floen, a lake in the Oldedalen valley, heading south. After reaching the northern edge of the lake, I sat down for a while. ... Read more
  • Olden: Azura
    jaypo63
    Beautiful scenery but not that much to do if you have already done the trips which we have but a pleasant walk to the little village with a few shops and a fantastic tea room,try their waffles!!! ... Read more
  • Olden: Britannia
    Dickster1
    Whatever you plan you must include a trip to the Briksdale Glacier. By all means take an orgabnised tour either from the ship or pay the €30 or so to the tour company outside of the ship. Alternatively, and best of all, get the #14-175 bus ... Read more
  • Olden: Azura
    orient.fan
    Not a lot going on in this town but the weather more than made up for it and there are excursions to do if you require. ... Read more