Surrounded by steep mountains, with spectacular waterfalls, Skjolden is located at the head of the longest navigable fjord in the world – Sognefjord. 

STILLS J12The weather can change from hot to cold. It was hot and Jean who played the character Doris was baking in this ridiculous fur coat which caused much attention as it was real shorts and tee shirt weather. If you ever wondered where Doris Visits came from, then here is the answer. Jean played a character in a TV drama, that visited Norway … and she decided to start a cruise channel. It got called Doris Visits, the name stuck.

In Skjolden you can rent a cycle from next to the cruise jetty. The route to the Glacier we are informed is easy, about 15 miles each way and can all be done with the stop at the Glacier in four hours. Ask for advise when hiring they will explain how to avoid one long tunnel, and how to take care through another short tunnel. It is an easy way to see the scenery. We are on this cruise again soon so will try and film the route. This video shows the ship berthed in the bay or fjord Skjolden, it is not our usual travel film, because on this occasion we weren’t shooting the travel films. These shots we have of the bay are cut from a TV episode we made there. To us it was a historic moment, maybe it will become cruise folklore. 

The wooden hut is also from Skjolden though I think we cheated it in the drama as being in Stavanger, the first of the Norwegian ‘spy’ episodes. If you want to see more of Skjolden quickly, see our DRONE film. As one of the tours on offer is a helicopter ride it kind of shows you what to expect.

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Doris Shades Of Bad, in Skjolden

There was a reason why Jean was dressed like this and everyone else was in shorts. We were filming a continuous drama sequence which we had not completed in Stavanger where is was cold and raining, so we finished it here. If you watch the web TV drama series Shades Of Bad you will notice the use of the places in episodes 44 onwards until 53. The travel show came out of the success of the series after it won numerous awards. Here is the episode with sections shot in Skjolden.

What to do in Skjolden, Norway

As well as being situated in a breathtaking location, the town itself is host to a number of highlights. Once home to the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), he wrote some of his most important works here. You can visit Urnes Stave Church, the oldest stave church found in Norway, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture, combining Celtic, Viking and Romanesque design.

Outside Skjolden

In the Jostedalsbreen National Park you can discover everything from fjords to green valleys, farms, barren mountains and glaciers, with peaks rising to 2000 metres. In the heart of these beautiful landscapes stands the Jostedal glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.

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