Great Things to do In Olden, Norway

Olden is a little village situated at the mouth of the Oldeelva River. It sits at the end of the 66-mile Nordfjord and is home to 478 inhabitants (8 from our family). It’s nestled in a stunning location, surrounded by steep mountains, glacial lakes and wonderful green pastures and forests. The village often has many Fjord cruises docking here throughout the summer. It can be bustling at times with lots of people looking for things to do in the Olden. There’s a lot on offer here in terms of activities, not to mention the famous local friendliness and hospitality.

If you’re looking for some fun things to do in Olden, you’re in the right place. Here is our list:

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Kayak on the Fjord

The most unique way to experience the stunningly peaceful Norwegian scenery is by kayak. Paddle your way into bliss and tranquility. Enjoy the calmness of the glacial waters and the stunning backdrop of the Fjords surrounding you. It’s the perfect relaxing getaway from the cruise excursion crowds and an excellent way for you to see the beautiful area. However, all that kayaking can work up an appetite – enjoy a traditional Norwegian lunch prepared by your local guide. Family-run and operated, the experience and wealth of knowledge is unrivalled and one of the best things to do in Olden.

Book kayak rental or guided kayak tour here.

Loen Sky Lift

Loen Sky Lift is a cable car, 6 kilometres from Olden. The lift takes you 1,011 metres into the air to the summit of Mount Hoven. Built in 2017, the cable car provides breathtaking views from the peak, above the Fjord. With a gradient of 60 degrees, one of the steepest cable lifts in the world. Activities on the mountain range vary from trekking to zipline across the gorges, tiptoe across the wooden swing bridge or scale the mountain itself. But you can relax on the summit – enjoy the  panoramic views from the comfort of the restaurant. It’s also possible to eBike up, and take the lift down.


Fancy a trip out on the water to catch your own shellfish lunch? Board the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) from the Olden pier and check the creels already in the cold waters. Next, take in the amazing views, embrace nature and personally catch your very own lunch! Doesn’t get much fresher than that. Afterwards, head ashore and enjoy the freshly-caught shellfish prepared for you! An unforgettable experience. 

Waterfall Hike

things to do in olden

Escape into nature and fill your lungs with fresh mountain air with this waterfall and wilderness tour. Exclusively for small groups, your local guide takes you up into the Nordfjord to witness gorgeous waterfalls, pastures and forests. Experience Norwegian fjords in this personal tour, as well as lots of delicious local Norwegian food. Meanwhile, your native Olden guide is there to answer any questions you may have along the way – with that big Norwegian smile of course! If you’re coming from a cruise ship, transport is provided to and from the pier. Book now!

Briksdal Glacier

Briksdalsbreen is an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and inside the National Park. The Jostedal glacier is the largest in contintental Europe and the Briksdal glacier is a stunning branch. From the top, the glacier plunges 1,200 metres down into the valley. The best views are seen on foot, eBike or by taking one of the “Trollcars” up to the glacier. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Olden. Located 25 kilometres from Olden Port.

The best way is to eBike from Olden center/port. With eBike it’s as easy as you wish.

If it’s heavy rain there are bus services available within the village. Well worth the trip to view this incredible natural wonder.

Final tip from us, the locals - Things to do in Olden

The variety of things to do in Olden means there’s something for everyone. One other piece of advice though is to bring your raincoat. But enjoy the nature, the peace and the serenity of the Nordfjord and the village itself. It’s truly an unforgettable experience. Heaven is a place on Earth.