Olden cruises

When you leave this peaceful village on the picturesque Nordfjord, you’ll do so with any number of breathtaking visions etched into your memory. Giant waterfalls thunder down, mineral-rich Lake Lovatn glints with a milky turquoise sheen, and the Kjenndalen Glacier reveals a green-tinged glow.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Beautiful Stryn

    Enjoy an ever changing panorama of mountains, lakes and valleys.

    Beautiful Stryn

    Starting off in the charming, picturesque village of Olden at the head of the Nordfjord, you’ll pass through Stryn, before continuing alongside the Stryn River on to Stryn Lake with its crystal-clear, turquoise-coloured water.

    Soon you will reach the Jostedal Glacier National Park Centre, where a film of the area will be shown. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to look around the interesting exhibitions, which explain the natural environment beneath and on the Glacier itself.

    During the tour, there will be a stop to sample a delicious type of Norwegian pancakes called svele accompanied by tea or coffee whilst admiring the surrounding view.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is a limited amount of walking on this tour, some of which is over gravelled ground at the National Park Centre. This tour involves tunnels and is not suitable for those who suffer from a fear of heights or vertigo.The return journey follows the same route back to Olden.

    Tour code

    OL1_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Briksdal Glacier

    An opportunity to come face to face with the crowning glory of this scenic landscape- the beautiful Briksdal Glacier.

    Briksdal Glacier

    Travel by coach through the beautiful Olden Valley with its majestic mountains, glacier tongues, waterfalls and the green Olden Lake. During the drive your guide will provide you with interesting information on the area. On arrival at the Briksdal Inn, you’ll begin your walk up to the Briksdal Glacier.

    Briksdal Glacier, located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, is part of the Jostedal Glacier Icefield, which is the largest glacier on the European mainland. This massive Glacier flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. A 45 minute walk will take you across the river and through pristine scenery until you come face to face with one of Europe’s most spectacular examples of an ancient Glacier. There will be time to photograph the Glacier’s many shades of blue and turquoise before walking back to the Briksdal Inn where refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served. There will be time to browse the souvenir shop before boarding the coach back to Olden.


    The walk to the Glacier is approximately 1½ miles; the first part is quite steep however it becomes flatter in places. Guides will not accompany guests on the walk up to the glacier; meeting instructions will be provided prior to departing for your walk. Please wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes and carry a bottle of water and a warm jacket. Please heed the warning signs erected near the Glacier and do not venture beyond the safety barriers. The Glacier is not visible from the refreshment venue. This tour involves tunnels.

    Tour code

    OL1_020

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Helicopter Flightseeing

    It’s up, up and away for an unforgettable flightseeing experience over dramatic landscapes and the Jostedal Glacier.

    Helicopter Flightseeing

    Sit back and admire the stunning scenery surrounding the pretty village of Olden, as you take a short transfer to the helipad. The village of Olden is nestled at the head of the Nordfjord and is surrounded by towering mountains, superb waterfalls and several glaciers

    Make sure you have your camera ready, as your flightseeing offers a truly unique and exhilarating experience. Travel into the Jostedal Glacier area, for an approximate 13 minute flightseeing trip. From your aerial vantage point, enjoy spectacular views over the valley, lakes and mountains, including the Jostedal Glacier itself, the largest in continental Europe.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. Places on this tour are limited, therefore to avoid disappointment early booking is recommended. Flights and routes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or changed at short notice. Children must be aged three years or over and must be sat upright in their own seat. There is a strict weight restriction of maximum 18 stone per person. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. The transfer to and from the helipad takes approximately 20 minutes. The helicopters used vary in size and configuration. There may be restricted views for taking photos from the central and rear seats, seat allocation cannot be reserved. Guests will be transferred and then split into two groups, while the first group takes the flight, the second will wait on the ground. Once both groups have completed the flight, you will return to the quay altogether.

    Tour code

    OL1_027

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1 hour

  • Oldevatnet Lake Cruise

    Enjoy a cruise on one of Norway's most beautiful lakes and get a glimpse of the mighty ice fields of the Jostedals Glacier.

    Oldevatnet Lake Cruise

    From Olden village centre your journey takes you past the two old churches of Olden, one dating back to 1759 and the other, a quaint red painted church from the 1930’s. Travelling along the shore of the small Floen Lake, you will arrive in Eide, where you will transfer to a boat.

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the long and narrow Oldevatnet Lake, one of Norway’s most beautiful. Enjoy the mountainous scenery with its numerous waterfalls which surround the lake. Admire the long, white tongue of the Melkevoll Glacier and the arms of the spectacular Jostedalsbreen Glacier, including the Myklebustbreen Glacier. Your cruise will end in Rustøen, where you will re-board your coach for the scenic drive back to Olden.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are a few steps to access the boat, including those to the upper deck. Please carry a warm jacket. This tour involves tunnels. Please be advised that due to the low number of boats available, capacity on this excursions is strictly limited therefore early pre-booking is essential.

    Tour code

    OL1_017

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Kjenndalen Glacier & Lovatnet Lake

    Enjoy a combination of dramatic scenery, the Kjenndalen Glacier and a leisurely lake cruise.

    Kjenndalen Glacier & Lovatnet Lake

    The charming village of Olden sits in lovely surroundings, by one of the innermost fjord arms of the mighty Nordfjord, stretching 62 miles inwards from the sea. Travel along the shores of the fjord to the pretty holiday village of Loen, which is surrounded by the fjord, Lovatnet Lake, glaciers, high mountains and lush vegetation.

    On arrival in the Kjenndalen Valley, a ten minute walk will take you to a viewpoint to see the Kjenndalen Glacier.

    Enjoy refreshments of coffee or tea and a waffle at the Mountain Lodge before taking a boat trip down the 12½ mile long Lovatnet Lake to Sande. Sit back and relax on the leisurely cruise as you pass lovely scenery including the ill-reputed Ravnefjellet (Ravens’ Mountain), whose rockslides have caused tidal waves destroying many of the residences along the lake. At Sande, you’ll rejoin your coach for the return journey along the fjord to Olden.


    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are a few steps to access the boat, including those to the upper deck. Please wear flat, enclosed footwear and carry a warm jacket. There is limited seating on the top deck of the boat. This tour involves tunnels. Please be advised that due to the low number of boats available, capacity on this excursions is strictly limited therefore early pre-booking is essential.

    Tour code

    OL1_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Briksdal Glacier by Troll Car

    An opportunity to come face to face with the crowning glory of this scenic landscape - the beautiful Briksdal Glacier.

    Briksdal Glacier by Troll Car

    Travel by coach through the beautiful Olden Valley with its majestic mountains, glacier tongues, waterfalls and the green Olden Lake. On arrival at the Briksdal Inn, you will board your troll cars which will take you part of the way to the Briksdal Glacier.

    Briksdal Glacier, located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, is part of the Jostedal Glacier Icefield, which is the largest Glacier on the European mainland. This massive Glacier flows 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. The troll cars will drop you off at the entrance to the National Park. It is not possible to see the Glacier from this point, however, there is a good view of it on the way up and a walk of approximately 550 yards will provide a closer look.

    There will be time to admire the Glacier and photograph its many shades of blue and turquoise before walking back to the troll cars for the return journey to the Briksdal Inn where refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served. There will be time to browse the souvenir shop before boarding the coach back to Olden.


    This excursion will operate by by coach, troll car and on foot. The walk to the glacier from the troll cars will take approximately 15 minutes over some steep, uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes and carry a bottle of water and a warm jacket. Please heed the warning signs erected near the glacier and do not venture beyond the safety barriers. The glacier is not visible from the refreshment venue. This tour involves tunnels.

    Tour code

    OL1_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Nordfjord Panorama

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through stunning scenery before stopping for refreshments in the quaint village of Nordfjordeid.

    Nordfjord Panorama

    Your scenic extravaganza begins in the charming village of Olden right at the head of the Nordfjord, which penetrates some 60 miles deep into the country. The route passes alongside the northern banks of the fjord through the picturesque settlements of Blakset, Fjelli and Hopland.

    The road is narrow and winding and the terrain very steep. There will be a stop at the Nos Viewpoint for a spectacular vista of the Nordfjord and the surrounding area. Nos is located at the edge of a 1,640 foot vertical drop to the fjord, so it is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

    There will be a further photograph stop at Kvalen, before you descend to the Nordfjord and Nordfjordeid village. Enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and cakes during your stop in Nordfjordeid.

    The return route to Olden takes you via the crystal clear Hornindalsvatnet Lake - northern Europe's deepest lake.


    Note: This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. This tour includes several tunnels. The itinerary order may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    OL1_016

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Nordfjord Kayaking

    Fantastic Nordfjord was created by glaciers, dominated by vikings and now, paddled by you.

    Nordfjord Kayaking

    Kayaking on a green fjord, in a quiet valley surrounded by steep mountains, waterfalls and blue glaciers, is a memorable experience.

    Starting from the old Mølla guest house on the pier in Olden, you’ll get kitted out and learn the dos and don’ts of kayaking. Then it’s all aboard, as you head out into the fjord. As you follow the contours of the shore, your guide will share their local knowledge about the fjords and glaciers surrounding you. In the distance you’ll see waterfalls, glaciers and green mountainsides.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Double kayaks are used. This tour includes approximately two hours of kayaking. Participants must be 12 years and over to participate. This tour may be cancelled in the case of poor weather conditions. You might get wet, so please bring a change of clothing and footwear with you. Although this tour does not require kayaking experience, participants must be good swimmers and have no fear of water. The fjord water may be very cold.

    Tour code

    OL1_026

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours