Dutch Guided: Briksdal Glacier Hike & Jostedal National Park
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Approximately 9 Hours
A Dutch-speaking guide leads this tour (or a guide with a Dutch interpreter). A limited number of Dutch guides and interpreters are available in this port; book early to avoid disappointment. This is not a bilingual tour; please see Briksdal Glacier Hike & Jostedal National Park for the same tour guided in English.
Spend a day exploring the natural wonders of the Geirangerfjord district.
Travel first to Mt Dalsnibba, crossing the Flydal Gorge. At 4,757 feet above sea level, the summit offers panoramic views of Geirangerfjord and the wild Flydal River Valley. A serpentine road leads past Lakes Djupvatnet and Stryn on the one-hour scenic panoramic drive to the Jostedalsbreen National Park Visitor Center. Here, exhibits and 3D models showcase the park's massive glacial flows. There's also some information on the area's colorful flora and fauna.
Continue into the Briksdalen Valley for a 45-minute self-guided hike through pristine scenery to the face of Briksdal Glacier. Briksdal Glacier is a massive river of ice that flows some 4,000 feet down the mountainside into the Briksdal Valley. There are photo opportunities at every bend in the road.
By now, you will have had worked up a hearty appetite, so a three-course lunch will be served and you'll have time to relax.
Heading towards Hellesylt, continue along Nordfjord to Olden. Ascend into the hills surrounding a valley dotted with farms, waterfalls and icefields. You will pass the sparkling Hornindalsvannet -- Europe's deepest lake. Watch for Hellesylt Waterfall and its pure, clean water cascading down polished granite stones.
Descend into Hellesylt and to pier, where the ship awaits you.
Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes.