Olden investment pays dividends
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 10:04 by ce-press
A NKr7m (E0.73m) investment to improve the pier infrastructure in Olden this year is proving successful. The installation of two bollards, one floating and one fixed, each of 200t, provides comfort and safety for the larger vessels arriving the Norwegian port.
Although 60nm from the coast and seldom having bad winds, the temperature differences can lead to sprawling wind, explains Solve Oldeide, operating manager Nordfjord Havn IKS. “Royal Caribbean pushed the idea. Britannia is calling five times this year [seven next and probably six in 2017]. The bollards were very important for that.” The port sends out information ahead of a call to the ship captain and agent on how best to tie up.
Call numbers are increasing from 55 this year to 80 next. P&O Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Line are frequent visitors but AIDA Cruises is calling for the first time in 2016 and Disney Cruise Line called with Disney Magic last year for the first time. Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 returns next year. More than half the passengers visit the Briksdal region where Norway’s largest glacier is situated.
Last year new fenders were installed alongside at a cost of NKr2.5m. Oldeide says there has been very good feedback on these as they do not mark the ships’ sides.
Britannia on maiden call in Olden this May (c) Nordfjord Havn IKS
Olden & Loen is two small villages located at the inner end of the fjord - Nordfjord. The head of the Fjord is characterized by varied and dramatic scenery. Peaceful valleys and tidy farms lie in contrast to gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering mountains. Olden is the gateway to the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European mainland. A tour to Briksdal, its most well-known glacier arm, is higly recommended. The village of Olden and Loen are vigorous and active, with blooming trade and businesses. They have long been known for tourism and industry, but are now also famous for contemporary design.
OldenLoen is the main cruise destination in the Nordfjord region, but cruise vessels are most welcome in all the Nordfjord ports: Måløy, Selje, and Sandane; each hosting a range of interesting attractions and excursion possibilities. More than 30 different excursions to offer.
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