Lake Oldevatnet is a great lake for kayaking. One day in early May, I glided into the lake and could experience the wild nature at its most beautiful.
Lake Oldevatnet is 11 kilometers long and is only 33 meters above sea level. A narrow strait divides the lake in two, but it is fine to sail through the strait with small boats and by kayak.
Morning mood by Lake Oldevatnet
I spent the night at a picnic area on the southwest side of Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord. I woke up to a sunny day and I had breakfast with the most beautiful view in the world. Oldedalen Valley really offered the best of itself that morning. The snow-capped mountains were reflected in the lake, the birds chirped and the sound of all the waterfalls could be heard far away.
A short drive along Lake Oldevatnet before kayaking
After breakfast out in the open, I drove north along Lake Oldevatnet to find a nice place to start the kayak trip from. The water is often calm early in the day, and I had to stop along the road to take some pictures. I found a great place that was perfect both for regular photography and for my drone. See the pictures and video below.
Kayaking Lake Oldevatnet
Shortly before 12 o’clock I glided into Lake Oldevatne. I was looking forward to experience this gem of a valley from the kayak. Along the northwestern part of the lake there are several places that are well suited as a starting point for kayaking, that was where I started my adventure that day. Lake Oldevatnet was no longer quiet, but it was still very nice conditions for kayaking.
First, I paddled all the way to the north end of the lake, then continued the in southly direction along the east side of the lake for a while before I crossed over to the other side. The sun was shining, there was snow on the mountains, the grass was green and the leaves on the birch trees had just begun to sprout. It was nice to paddle along the shore and soon I reached the narrow strait that divides Lake Oldevatnet in two. Here lies Oldevatn Camping, surrounded by beautiful and wild nature.
I paddled under the bridge that crosses the narrow strait, and the southern part of Lake Oldevatnet revealed itself with the steep snowcapped mountains and glaciers as scenery. The adventure continued along the east side of the lake until I could see Oldedalen Valley and the mighty Melkevollbreen Glacier in the background. In the middle of the lake, I could hear a the violent noise from the mountains on the west side of the lake. There were parts of a glacier that was calving down into a hanging valley, it was a reminder of how dangerous this beautiful nature is.
I turned around there, and the trip back went along the same trail as when I paddled south. I spent a lot of time on the lake, nature was to be enjoyed to the fullest. I was in the kayak for almost five hours. There was a lot to see, to photograph and to film. I knew in advance that Lake Oldevatnet and Oldedalen was a great adventure, this was proved that day.
Briksdal Adventure arranges guided kayak trips on lake Oldevatnet. You should book in advance, and the tours starts from Oldevatn Camping. In addition to the beautiful nature and the emerald green glacier lake, you will be able to impart local history, nature and cultural knowledge on the approximately four-hour trip. You do not need any paddling experience to participate in these guided trips. Double kayaks are used, and all necessary paddling equipment is included. Season: June to September.
Bike or car along Oldedalen Valley
Oldedalen Valley is a beautiful experience, also from the road. It is great to drive or to bike along Lake Oldevatnet and up Oldedalen Valley to Briksdalen. Briksdalen is the starting point for hiking to Briksdalsbreen Glacier, a short and easy hike surrounded by beautiful and wild nature. It is difficult to drive here without driving off the road, photo stops here is a must. Below you can see a video from the drive along Oldedalen Valley.
Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden is an arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The hike from Briksdalen Valley to the glacier is one of most scenic hikes in Norway. The trail is surrounded by beautiful and wild nature, with steep mountains, wild rivers and waterfalls everywhere. The altitude difference from the start to the end of the trail by the glacier lake is 200 meters.
The glaciers, fjords, sea and mountains in the Nordfjord area have some of the finest scenery Norway has to offer. Hjelle in Oppstryn, Loen Skylift and Via Ferrata, Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Lake Lovatnet and the Oldedalen Valley with Lake Oldevatnet are a must to visit. Hoddevik, Kråkenes and Bremangerlandet with Grotlesanden Beach are some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Norway. And Hotel Alexandra Loen in Loen is a great place to stay. Nordfjord is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the centre of Western Norway.