Today’s the day! Today’s the day! We are going to the Briksdal Glacier today!
I woke up early this morning and went for a walk around the top deck of the ship. We were still out in the ocean, but I could in the distance the fjord we were about to enter. It was a cold morning with a slight drizzle. The sky was very dramatic, but as soon as we got out of the ocean the weather clear right up. This was the darkest it had been the whole time I was in Norway.
After my morning walk course I enjoyed breakfast on my balcony and actually watch a movie this morning. I loved that I could see out my balcony and watch the movie at the same time. I loved seeing all the little villages along the fjord.
We arrived in Olden, Norway around 1pm today. The village of Olden is situated at the end of the innermost arm of the lovely Nordfjord. Steep mountains tower both sides of the valley, making the village of Olden, one of the most idyllic in Western Norway. The Briksdal Glacier is one of the most visited glaciers in Norway during the summer months.
We headed out on an excursion to the Briksdal Glacier with a few stops along the way. First we stopped at the white wooden church was built in 1759 and it was the only church in the Oldedalen valley until 1934 when the new Olden Church was completed. The church seats about 250 people.
Starting from the village center drove up the valley along the shore of the small Floen Lake and the long and narrow Olden Lake. We stopped for some photos at Olden Lake of the long white tongue of the Glacier. The water color was a stunning blueish green. Back in the van we went through woodlands to the Briksdal Inn where the road ended.
Once we got to the Briksdal Inn there are 2 ways to get to the Briksdal Glacier hiking or troll cart. We took the troll cart and then walked the rest of the way. The track crosses flowing rivers and climbs in zigzags above the fall to the top where we enjoyed a fantastic view of this arm of the Glacier. The Briksdal Glacier is the largest ice field in the continental Europe. It stretches out from the inner areas of the Nordfjord to the Sogne region.
We spend about 20 minutes up at the glacier, then back down we went and took the ride back to the cruise ship. Once we got back on the ship we went to a gin tasting. I have never been much a gin drinker, but I did appreciate learning more about it. The EUROPA 2 offers the largest gin collection at sea with over 40 different kinds and 5 different kinds of tonic water. I could taste the difference in the gins we tried. I enjoy the gin best with an orange peel and, on the rocks.
After gin tasting I was ready for dinner at the french restaurant Tarragon. This ended up being my favorite dinner in the Europa 2. I had savory lamb and potato au gratin.
After dinner it was back to my suite with an early morning ahead.
A Special thanks to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for the unforgettable week on the Europa 2. While they are funding all air, hotels and meals, this in no way shapes my opinion of my journey through Norway.