There's another glacier, Tjøtabreen, that you can get a glimpse of when making the hike up to see the Briksdal Glacier and the 738 meter tall waterfall flowing from it unofficially named Tjøtafossen. You can only see a little part of the Tjøtabreen glacier unlike the Briksdal glacier which you can see quite a bit of.There are couple of stunning...more
As you are hiking up to see the Briksdal glacier you will be walking alongside the water rushing out of the Kleivafossen waterfall and at some point you cross in front of it on the troll bridge. The source of the waterfall is the glacier itself. We got sprayed a little as we crossed, some reports say you get soaked, perhaps in the height of the...more
N-6788 Olden, Olden, NO
I had been tossing around going to Norway for a few years an ultimately decided on a large cruiseship for a few reasons. First off, I'm one of those travelers who likes to eat locally but nothing in the Norwegian diet, which seems to be heavy in fish and game, really excited me. Second, Norway like most of the Scandanavian countries, is extremely...more
I'll try to be as specific as possible but boats dock in different spots and the bus stops might change. We had to tender in, I believe the other ship in port that day docked. Once we got off the tender to get to where we picked up the bus we would have gone to the left, just past where the tour buses were loading up. There was no blue bus sign,...more
The public bus is the most closely guarded secret in Olden, the woman at the tourist office would only offer vague suggestions on how or where to catch it and had no idea of the cost, since she was selling the more expensive mini van tours I'm guessing she didn't want to give us the information rather than not knowing it. The people running the...more
Norway is full of glaciers, the sign inside the National Park said that there were 1,593 in mainland Norway and 2,128 in Svalbard. The glaciers appear to be blue because the shape and the composition of the ice crystals only blue within the light spectrum is reflected. If you're lucky you might see the glacier calving which is when part of the glacier breaks off and falls into the water. We saw a small part of Briksdal calving and as we were there almost by ourselves the sound echoing from it was amazing. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any video but I was able to get a couple of pictures.
I'm guessing that the cruise ship excursions are a good portion of the income of this tiny little town so do not expect them to help you with independent bus travel. They were more than happy to sell us a mini van tour at 280NOK per person but would not/could not tell us where to pick up the bus or how much it cost. Another official looking person walked in and said that the bus had already left but I had a schedule printed out and knew that he was either lying or didn't know what he was talking about. We eventually located the bus but only because some other cruise passengers had figured it out. It cost us 90 NOK per person, since all of the tours go to the same place I can't imagine that there is much extra value in taking the mini van tour or the really expensive ship excursion.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in mid July Norway was cool, most days I needed at least long sleeves. Once you get close to the glacier you might want a fleece pullover or similar. Hiking up was uphill so wearing layers is appropriate, I was down to short sleeves by the time we got up. You don't need hiking boots for Briksdal but you'll probably want at least tennis shoes or other closed toe shoes. I suppose it would have also been an OK walk with hiking sandals as long as it's not raining.
There are many cruise lines that visit Norway, while we were in various ports we saw Costa, Princess, P&O, Azamara Club, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and many other smaller ships. The prime cruise season is short, when we asked about going in early September most advised against it because of the cooler weather, shorter days and as I've found after,...more
There's not a huge amount of information on Olden as a cruise stop, Cruise Critic didn't even have a page on it although you can search the forum boards for some informationIf you want to see what other cruise ships are in town on the day you are visiting, check Cruise timetablesThere were two cruise ships docked on the day we were there, the other...more
Since no one would tell us anything about the public bus and the town's only ATM appeared to be a 10-15 minute walk from the tourist office, we decided to change money at the tourist office. The rate was not favorable, I think the official rate was over 6NOK to the US dollar and she gave me 570NOK for $100US. I never did see the town's one ATM so...more