Olden is the 6th longest fjord in Norway and is the kind of place you visit if you want to experience the beauty of the Nordic Fjords.This scenic little village has a population of around 480 and because of its beautiful landscapes and picturesque rolling hills is predominantly a tourist village.
Located in the Oldedalen valley along the Nordfjord, Olden is the ideal spot for cruise ships and for visiting the Briksdal Glacier which is an arm of the Jostedalsbre glacier, the largest European mainland glacier.
We were one of the first to catch the shuttle from Olden to the Briksdal glaciers and arrived at the Jostedalsbreen National Park visitors centre just after 9am. This early start meant we were able to appreciate the morning mist dissipating from the mountains as we walked the scenic path towards the glacier allowing us to appreciate the views and solitude.
Main Image: I captured the house by the water with a Heliopan Grey ND 3,o (10 stop ND filter) attached to a 18-105mm lens on a tripod. It was taken at 12:45pm so I used a F-Stop of 22 and kept the shutter open for 23 seconds.
Pictured Above: I captured the running water and misty trees using the same ND filter as the above, attached to a 18-105mm lens on a tripod. It was tricky trying to balance the foreground, the running water and misty background, but managed after a number of exposures, to settle on an F-Stop of 13 at shutter speed of 45 seconds without blowing out the highlights.
The mist was so thick at times that we didn’t even realise that there were mountains surrounding us pretty much the whole way up, and at times it felt as though we were in a fantasy world, surprised by glimpses of a massive mountain peeking through the mist from time to time.
Whether its the dramatic views, the steep hills, the winding stream or the thundering waterfall, either way, this walk will take your breath away.
For those who would prefer to save their energy, you could catch a ride up in one of the “Troll Cars” who will drop you 10 minutes from the glacier.No matter how you get to the top, make sure you turn around and admire the view or the path you’ve just walked.
One of the great things about the fjords is its ability to provide shelter from the wind. The still water creates a mirror like reflection complementing the already picture perfect scenery, giving you the ideal setting to sit back and relax.
We’ve had the privilege of visiting some stunning locations on our travels so far and Olden is no exception. It’s way up there with places like wild Iceland, the roomy Grand Canyon, the lush West Coast of Ireland and of course sunny South Africa. Whether you get there by car or cruise – get there!