Susan Disney-Greenberg’s Adventure Aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth
Traveling through the Fjords – Olden, Norway
In Olden the temperature was 40 degrees and it was rainy, but the inclement weather did not keep us from taking our tour to the Briksdalbreen Glacier.
This tour is definitely a MUST. We traveled by bus for 30 minutes - this in itself was interesting as it is a one lane road with pull-offs for 2 lane traffic. When the bus could go no farther we boarded the Troll Cars (oversized golf carts - holding 7 passengers) to go up to the Glacier. Because it was raining, we had heavy blue tarps over our laps and Cunard umbrellas over our heads to keep us dry. We then held on for dear life as the Troll Cars carried us up the mountain trail. This was a one and a half mile trek, uphill from where the bus dropped us off, on a narrow, winding path with an edge that seemed to drop off for a mile! For those of you that have vertigo or a fear of heights - this is not for you or for that matter the faint of heart! After a mile and a half, we were able to stop for a break, then we had to travel another mile further up to get as close to the Glacier as possible. When the cars could not go any further, we had to trek uphill for another half mile to get to the Glacier. But, oh my… the journey was worth every moment of the hike! The Glacier was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen! And, to add to our amazement, we were able to witness a portion of the Glacier while it was calving, which is when chunks of ice break off at the edge of a glacier. So, after all the hard work to get to the glacier, this morning tour rewarded us with a gift from nature – surely the best kind to receive!