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Hike to Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park, Norway


View of Briksdal glacier and lake at Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park Norway

Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park

A spotlight from our Norway street journey was visiting Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park. Briksdalsbreen (Briksdal Glacier in English) is an arm of the good Jostedalsbreen (Jostedal Glacier in English), the biggest glacier in continental Europe.

Located within the coronary heart of Vestland county, Jostedalsbreen is break up up into greater than 50 glacier branches or ‘fingers’. Probably the most well-known are Briksdalsbreen and Nigardsbreen.

Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park is large. It covers and space of 1315 sq. kilometres. So, if you wish to go to a piece of Jostedal glacier, you first want to decide on the place you will note the glacier (there are a number of choices). 

Our plan was to go to Geiranger as the subsequent cease on our Norway street journey (see the total itinerary right here). Due to this, it made sense to go to the northwest facet of Jostedal glacier. When you select this route, Briksdalsbreen is essentially the most accessible place to view the glacier up shut.  

View of Briksdal glacier and lake at Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park Norway tourist attraction
Admiring Briksdalsbreen and the turquoise lake on the foot of the glacier

The glacier is spectacular, however smaller than we anticipated.

I used to be anticipating to see this picture – discover the tiny folks on the underside left of the glacier. They’re probably on a Briksdal glacier tour.

Now, we did go to in mid-August, so the winter snow had lengthy disappeared. 

I didn’t see anybody climbing the glacier throughout our go to, probably as a result of the glacier is simply too excessive up the rocky mountain. Spring or early summer season is probably going the very best time to go to Briksdalsbreen and do the Briksdal glacier stroll.

Take a look at this drone footage of Briksdalsbreen glacier.

Hiking trial at Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park surrounding by mountains and waterfalls
Surrounded by mountains and waterfalls on the Briksdalsbreen hike

Briksdal Glacier Hike 

Briksdalsbreen is among the hottest hikes in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park. Right here’s a listing of Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park mountain climbing trails.

The hike to Briksdal glacier is about 3 kilometers (about 5.5 km spherical journey) in case you begin at Briksdalsbreen Mountain Lodge. Some sections are on a large gravel path (see above picture). There are additionally a number of paved sections the place hikers share the trail with the troll automobiles (extra on that beneath).

The hike is generally a gradual uphill stroll to succeed in the glacier. It’s not a tough hike, but it surely does burn some energy. We observed hikers of all skills on the path. When you desire to go together with a information, there are excursions you possibly can take like this Olden Shore Tour

There are additionally mountain climbing trails to go to Melkevoll Glacier and Brenndal Glacier. Different difficult trails are the Mt. Kattanakken hike and Mt. Strynefjellet hike.

Hiking to Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park Briksdal Glacier hike in Vestland Norway
Briksdalsbreen mountain climbing path as much as the glacier
Bridge and waterfall at Briksdal Glacier Jostedal Glacier hike in Norway
Bridge crossing Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park
Touching glacier water at Briksdal Glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park popular Norway hiking trail in Vestland
Touching glacier water on the Briksdalsbreen hike. Lovely landscapes right here.

It rained closely on the hike as much as the glacier. We obtained moist. Fortuitously, the rained stopped shortly after reaching the glacier. The stroll down was largely dry. 

The excellent news is that when it rains, the waterfalls look superb.

Mountain waterfall at Briksdalsbreen in Jostedalsbreen National Park Norway
You don’t need to stroll far earlier than you see a lovely waterfall

Visit Briksdals glacier by troll car instead of hike to glacier Row of troll cars driving to glacier viewpoint

Go to Briksdals glacier by troll automotive

For these quick on time or with mobility challenges, you possibly can take view Briksdal glacier by troll automotive. The quick journey begins on the memento store in Briksdal and takes you to a stand that’s about 700 meters from the glacier. You will have to stroll the remainder of the way in which to succeed in the lake and glacier.

These troll automobiles have been launched in 2004. Previous to that, vacationers have been transported by horse and carriage. 

A round-trip with Troll automotive takes about 1.5 hours. Extra data on value and timetable right here.

There’s a cruise ship port within the close by city Olden. When you’re planning to go to the glacier whereas on a Norway cruise, you possibly can take a Briksdal glacier tour from the Olden cruise port. A lot of the Briksdalbreen excursions embody a shuttle bus and troll automotive.

Briksdalbreen troll car pick up location is near the mountain lodge and day parking lot
Briksdalbreen troll automotive pick-up location close to the mountain lodge and car parking zone. Volefossen waterfall.
Briksdalsbreen bridge and waterfall at Jostedal Glacier national park in Norway
Volefossen waterfall and bridge at Briksdalsbreen parking space and campground

Powerful waterfall at Briksdalsbreen hike inside Jostedal Glacier national park Norway waterfall

This highly effective waterfall is Kleivafossen. Throughout our go to, the spray from the waterfall was so robust that once we crossed the bridge we obtained showered. It didn’t matter although, as a result of it was raining. 

One other view of Kleivafossen waterfall. Discover the glacier within the distance (high of the above picture).

get to Briksdalsbreen glacier

In case you have a car, it’s a straightforward drive to the Briksdalsbre parking space. There’s just one street from Olden to the car parking zone. It’s a 30 minute drive every means. 

Pay parking is required. I don’t recall the precise value, but it surely was approx. 50 NOK. 

Be aware – there are two parking areas. We parked within the Melkevoll Bretun campground car parking zone. There’s a steep street as much as the Briksdal vacationer parking space, the place we should always have parked. It’s a slippery steep stroll that may be averted in case you proceed driving up in direction of the mountain lodge and vacationer heart.

There’s a Briksdal glacier shuttle bus from Olden to Briksdal in the summertime months. Extra data right here. That is the best choice to go to Briksdal glacier from cruise ship port in Olden.

There’s additionally a glacier shuttle bus service from Stryn Bus Terminal to Briksdal. The bus is parked beside Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge (Fjellstove). Extra data right here.

Be aware – the Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park Heart is positioned the village of Oppstryn. It’s positioned about 1 hour drive from Briksdalsbre (half-hour east of Olden). 

Associated submit – Ideas for driving in Norway as a vacationer

First view of Jostedalsbreen Glacier towering over Oldevatnet lake Norway national park

First view of Jostedalsbreen Glacier towering over Oldevatnet lake. That is truly NOT Briksdalsbreen glacier. It’s positioned on the left facet of the above picture (you possibly can’t see it from this viewpoint).  

Have a look at the color of that water! That is Oldevatnet, an emerald inexperienced glacier fed lake close to Briksdalsbreen. You’ll drive beside this stunning lake on the way in which to the park. Take a look at automotive rental choices for Norway right here.

red cabins with grass roofs at Gryta Camping Oldevatnet lake

Briksdalsbreen tenting 

We observed a number of campgrounds on the drive as much as the Briksdalsbreen parking space. A few of them supply personal cabins with spectacular waterfront views of Oldevatnet lake. 

Melkevoll Bretun Tenting is positioned beside the Briksdal Mountain Lodge. It’s surrounded by waterfalls, glaciers and steep mountains. That is clearly essentially the most handy place to remain.  

We stayed at Førde Gjestehus og Tenting, positioned within the city of Forde. It’s a few 2.5 hour drive from Forde to Briksdalsbreen. After our hike to Briksdal Glacier, we drove to Olden for lunch earlier than driving to Geiranger. That is an extra 2.5 hours of driving. It’s a really lengthy day, particularly with children.

If we may do it over, we might keep at one of many campgrounds in Oldedalen.

It appears like a enjoyable place to spend the night after a day of mountain climbing to the glacier. Some campgrounds to think about are Olden Tenting, Oldevatn Tenting, Gryta Tenting (pictured above) and/or Løken tenting.

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