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9th May, 2014


We sailed into Nordfjord in the early hours, travelling over fifty miles to its very head. Olden is a small village bordering on the lakes and, perhaps more importantly, very close to the Jostedalsbreen. Here the ice field spills over the plateau from almost two thousand meters, as does the chill breeze that cuts through you first thing in the morning. About nine degrees centigrade as we turned and reversed down to the solitary jetty situated next to the main road, a mile or so from the ancient church in the village.

Not only is there plenty of parking area for the tour buses, but now they have the inevitable ‘road train’ into the village and even an open top bus to take folks up the valley. Definitely a wrap up warm day for that as the temperature rose only to around eleven during our stay and the sky remained rather leaden. With towering snow-capped mountains either side of the fjord and the hint of mizzle in the air, it was a spectacular, but somewhat daunting view.

I spoke with some of the passengers who had taken the all day tour up to Geiranger. They came back with great smiles having had a superb tour, getting right up into the snow on Dalsnibba, the mountain above that fjord and which rises to 1476 meters. I still recall the memory of once having ridden down on a pedal bike, in the summer of course and quite exciting letting gravity take over.

The voyage out was back along Nordfjord and then through the more open coastal fjords. The grey sky cleared quite quickly after leaving and it became sunny, giving the passengers some magnificent views in the evening light as rocks and little islands passed by, seemingly only a few hundred yards away at times.

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