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 nice Jostedalsbreen (Jostedal Glacier in English), the most important 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’. Essentially 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 bit of Jostedal glacier, you first want to decide on the place you will notice the glacier (there are a number of choices). 

Our plan was to go to Geiranger as the following cease on our Norway street journey (see the complete 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 individuals on the underside left of the glacier. They’re seemingly 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, seemingly as a result of the glacier is simply too excessive up the rocky mountain. Spring or early summer time is probably going the perfect 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 without doubt one of the hottest hikes in Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park. Right here’s an inventory of Jostedalsbreen Nationwide Park climbing trails.

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

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 talents on the path. When you want to go along with a information, there are excursions you may take like this Olden Shore Tour

There are additionally 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 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. Stunning landscapes right here.

It rained closely on the hike as much as the glacier. We bought moist. Happily, 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 should stroll far earlier than you see a wonderful 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 automobile

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

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

A round-trip with Troll automobile 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 may take a Briksdal glacier tour from the Olden cruise port. A lot of the Briksdalbreen excursions embody a shuttle bus and troll automobile.

Briksdalbreen troll car pick-up location is near the mountain lodge and day parking lot
Briksdalbreen troll automobile 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 after we crossed the bridge we bought 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 photograph).

Tips on how to get to Briksdalsbreen glacier

You probably have a car, it’s a simple 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 manner. 

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

Word – 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 must always have parked. It’s a slippery steep stroll that may be prevented when you proceed driving up in the 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.

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

Associated put up – Suggestions 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 really NOT Briksdalsbreen glacier. It’s situated on the left facet of the above photograph (you may’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 lovely lake on the way in which to the park. Take a look at automobile rental choices for Norway right here.

red cabins with grass roofs at Gryta Camping, Oldevatnet lake

Briksdalsbreen tenting 

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

Melkevoll Bretun Tenting is situated 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, situated within the city of Forde. It’s a couple of 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 youngsters.

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

It seems like a enjoyable place to spend the night after a day of 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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