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Olden for a September day

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Olden for a September day

We'll be in Olden for a day in September (coming on a cruise ship) and would like to take a simple typical hike (we often hike at home and would like to see Norway's nature on foot.) Is there an easy way to get somewhere scenic for a walk / hike from the cruise ship dock? We would like to see the glacier but if possible avoid the crowds that will be on the ship's excursions.

We will also be in Oslo, Stavanger, and Kristiansand, likewise interested in seeing typical Norwegian life, not tour bus excursions. Ordinary grocery stores and other aspects of daily Norwegian life and outdoor activities like walking in nature appeal to us. Any suggestions or advice?

Any advice about what weather to expect in mid-September?

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1. Re: Olden for a September day

Unfortunately I don't have local knowledge of the hiking trails in Olden. I'm sure there are a few options as this is a small village with lovely scenery all around. You may want to contact the tourist information: www.nordfjord.no/en/Product/?TLp=225678

As for Oslo and Stavanger there are lots of similar posts on the forum, some also covers Kristiansand. For example, see my reply #2 in this thread for Stavanger: tripadvisor.com/…51797991

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2. Re: Olden for a September day

Thank you, Pippi! I am sure we will enjoy it. Hopefully some of the TI's will be open in September. Wishing for good weather for nice hikes. I think most cruise ship passengers don't hike a lot so we might find a little uncrowded trail in Norway.

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3. Re: Olden for a September day

How's this

nordfjord.no/en/…

from the hiking pages at www.nordfjord.no . There is a walking map (turkart) for Olden and Oldedalen available at the Tourist Information office.

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4. Re: Olden for a September day

Take a walk up to Singerheimen with a nice view over the village, the fjords and surroundings mountains, www.singerheimen.no/Engelsk/historie.htm

(William Henry Singer jr.(1868-1943), American artist and multimillionaire who settled in Olden)

And then continue down to the church... if you walk little bit longer, you will pass a lovely river with some beautiful old buildings, and by the lake there`s a bench where you can relax with a lovely view around you.

Please check the route here - http://goo.gl/maps/DJSpe

Edited: 13 August 2013, 09:50
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5. Re: Olden for a September day

Did you find a nice walk in Olden? We are going there with a cruise in July and would also like to avoid the crowds! We were thinking of getting the local bus to the start of the walk to the Briksdal glacier, but I'm sure there must be quieter walking trails from Olden itself with equally lovely views!

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6. Re: Olden for a September day

We went to Briksdal Glacier for a couple hours and enjoyed it enormously. It was a bit on the crowded side, but still lovely fun. Then walked around the town, which is very picturesque.

If you are the type who enjoy a brisk walk, take off on foot and explore the area near town. We walked through slightly rolling hills behind town through farmland, saw a little church and enjoyed wildflowers in bloom along the way, then across the little stream and back to town past the little red holiday cabins and purchased local heather honey from a bee keeper. It smelled heavenly and transported us back to Norway when we ate it later at home.

If you're a camera buff or love to sketch as I do, there is so much to see and explore!

What a beautiful treat you have in store. You will enjoy it so much if you just get out on foot as we did, away from the crowds on the ship.

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7. Re: Olden for a September day

Thank you so much - that sounds perfect!

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8. Re: Olden for a September day

There is no shortage of hiking options, but note that the valley floor is rather flat, while the hills are really steep (so called U-valley).

…wikimedia.org/wikipedia/…Olden.jpg

Take a look at the new church built in basilica-shape with stave-church style. While the old church is cross-shaped.

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9. Re: Olden for a September day

Depending of your time, but there`s an amazing walk between the two glaciers, Briksdals- and Melkevevoll glacier who call Kattanakken. So, if you follow on the bus to Briksdalen, you can do this walk while rest of the crowd do the glacier walk.

The fastest to do is to walk for your self over the first bridge, and before the second you can turn into right in the forest. You can also walk a short cut before the first bridge up to right, and then walk over the 2nd bridge and turn into left.

For be sure for the right track, you can also ask for a map and tips in the reception at Briksdal guesthouse, or guide office.

When you begin the climb / walk in the hill, you will early get an amazing view over Briksdal glacier and later down to Melkevoll glacier and the valley too. Depending on your time, you can also reach the top part of the glacier.

Most of the time, you will have an overview over Briksdal glacier, when the crowd begin to rush back to the buses...

Enjoy and take care!

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10. Re: Olden for a September day

Here do you have some links and pictures from Kattanakken;

www.westcoastpeaks.com/Peaks/kattanakken.html

http://www.melkevoll.no/fjellturar-en.htm

www.visitnorway.com/uk/product/?pid=212116

And the weather forecast for Kattanakken - yr.no/place/…

NB! Don`t walk on the snowy covered glacier without an guide and right equipment!! Just because you can`t see the glacier cracks!