Briksdalsbreen is a glacier arm of Jostedalsbreen, and is set in Briksdal Valley, at the end of Oldedalen Valley, in Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane County.
This famous glacier arm lies in beautiful surroundings between high peaks and roaring waterfalls, dropping 1200 meters into the narrow Briksdal valley below. It is a spectacular sight attracting visitors from all over the world.
Experience the glacier up close by joining a glacier safari in rafting boats
on the lake in front of the Briksdal Glacier. This is an activity for the whole family, and you will be paddling between chunks of ice. There are also many hiking possibilities in Briksdal and the surrounding area. The guided glacier hike
take place at Tystigbreen Glacier at Mt Strynefjellet.
Don’t miss Kleivafossen waterfall
on the way to the Briksdalsbreen glacier – this is one of the most photographed attractions in Norway.
There is a glacier bus
between Stryn and the Briksdalsbreen glacier every day from 1st of June to the end of August.
If you have your own car, you can drive to the Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge
(exit from Olden. Parking fee.).
From the Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge, which is open from the middle of April to the middle of October, you can either catch a “troll car
” for 2,5 km and walk the last 500 metres, or you can walk all the way up to the glacier.
Please note: It is very dangerous to move close to the glacier, and everyone must respect the roadblocks. The glacier move a lot, and there’s a high risk of avalanches.
Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier in mainland Europe, and a glacier walk here will take you thousands of years back in time.
The most famous parts of Jostedalsbreen, are the glaciers Briksdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen. There are approximately 600.000 visitors a year at Jostedalsbreen National Park, where you can learn more about the glacier at the three different museums and visitor centres
The glacier Jostedalsbreen covers an area of 1310 sq. km. It is the largest glacier in mainland Europe and covers 487 sq. km of the National Park, which was founded in 1991. The National Park also has several other larger and smaller glaciers, and the landscape varies from lush valleys to snow covered mountains and Arctic climate.
There are seven municipalities in Jotunheimen National Park, and Jostedalsbreen separates two of the longest fjords in the world, the Sognefjord and the Nordfjord. Stryn was assigned as a National Park municipality in 2008.
The glaciers in the park are "natural laboratories" and can teach us many things about climate, geology and vegetation. The landscape is ever changing, and one of the most eye-catching qualities about Jostedalsbreen National Park are the green, almost turquoise rivers and lakes from the melting glacier ice.
At the heart of the National Park, you will find untouched landscape which can only be reached on foot. In the villages nearby you will see many farms, due to the fertile soil near the glacier. The best way to explore Jostedalsbreen is by taking a glacier walk with an experienced guide.
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