Wednesday 19 June 2013

Out and about in Olden and Loen

Olden is a village housing less than 500 people at the end of the Nordfjord. We are chugging further north up the Norwegian coast and the settlements are getting much scarcer and smaller.
By contrast, our ship has over 4,000 people on board, including passengers and crew, so we have bumped the head count up today.
We cycled through fantastic scenery up to the head of the fjord to the Briksdal glacier. It is impressive from the valley floor, but the glacier ends quite high up the mountain with a three kilometre walk to reach it. We decided against this option and instead cycled back and around another arm of the fjord to Loen.
It was full of campervans which inspired us greatly and it also had a very atmospheric church.
I read a notice telling us that in 1905 a huge section of one of the mountains collapsed into the fjord making a tidal wave that killed 135 people who lived in the village.
Total distance cycled - 61 kilometres.

1 comment:

  1. 61km on those folding bikes! Maybe Sarah should get one of those... Where did you get them and what make are they? Paul