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Braemar - Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines - cruise ship review and photos.

We are up early as we intend to make the most of our day in Olden on the beautiful Nordfjord. Looking out of my porthole I see a lot of clouds. And not much else. But that doesn't dampen our positive attitude as we report to the Palms Café.

All alone at the Briksdal Glacier

 Nowhere is it more apparent that Braemar caters to a British crowd than at breakfast. Think smoked herring, porridge and British bacon, all steaming away on a rather unattractive buffet table. But there are some 'new world' touches as well, like an omelet station. You pick 'n mix and sit down. Tea (the very strong variety), coffee and toast are brought to your table!

At 8.30 AM we are ashore, impressed 'a la minute' by the towering mountains around us. Instead of booking one of the ship's shore excursions, we have opted to rent a car from the Hertz office in nearby Stryn. We first drive north along the 'Panorama Route, closely following the banks of the Nordfjord. By 10.00 AM the sky is almost cloudless and the temperature rises as we take off our jackets and drive from one great vantage point to the next. It's all like a fairytale really - the still waters that mirror the unbelievably green mountains that are topped with fresh snow. Simply spectacular!

Continuing along the Nordfjord, we reach the halfway point of our tour. We take the ferry across the deep waters and continue all the way back to Olden. In brilliant sunshine we enjoy a nice lunch at a local café before heading to the number one sight in the region: the Jostedalsbreen National Park, Europe's largest glacier. Instead of visiting the more touristy Briksdal arm, we opt for the more remote Kjenndal Glacier, located at the end of a 17 kilometer (11 mile) long valley that is of breathtaking beauty. Once arrived, it's like we have landed at the end of the world - a little paradise, really. All too soon we have to return to our ship because at 5.00 PM sharp, Braemar's whistle echoes over the fjord. We slowly make our way over the mirror-like waters of the Nordfjord. What a day!

Braemar's Palms Café

Braemar's Palms Café
View of the Nordfjord
Early morning at Olden
First look at the Briksdal Glacier
Impressive Briksdal Glacier
Sailing from Olden

Beautiful Nordfjord

Nordfjord panorama
Like a mirror - Nordfjord
Braemar at Olden
Braemar at Olden
Braemar at Olden
Fjord cruising

 

Photos and text: © 2007 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on November 4, 2007

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