Olden was the most anticipated port on our itinerary because I have never been there before. Most of our group had booked the afternoon Briksdal Glacier hike, but for logistical reasons we had our tour moved to early morning instead. This just meant getting up early before we started our hike.
Our tour began with a 30 minute drive to the base of the mountain where we were served coffee and pastries, could use the restroom facilities and then begin our hike. We started our hike as a group, but in reality everyone walked up at their own pace. There were a few challenging sections of elevation change, but it was all on a well maintained trail. I have created a detailed blog of the hike so that folks can get a good understanding of the elevation change on the rout. You can click here to review that.
Norwegians have a saying “There is no Bad Weather, Just Bad Clothing”. Good clothing for this day included a raincoat and a umbrella as we got light rain off and on during the hike. Even so, we were treated to the beautiful scenery of the gorge carved out by the glacier over thousands for year, multiple waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the top of the hill below the glacier. The water in the lake is said to be so pure that you can fill up your water bottle and drink it straight. I could not confirm that in any of my research, but several folks in our group did this and didn’t get sick. It was pretty overcast for most of our journey, but you can see that even in the rain and clouds, the scenery was well worth the journey.
On the way back to the port, we stopped at a beautiful lake where I took pictures that reminded me of puzzle boxes.
We had a lovely wine tasting and sail away in the Tuscan Grille, which allowed us to enjoy some more of the scenery from this fjord.