Briksdalsbreen Glacier in Olden, Nordfjord, is an arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The hike from Briksdalen Valley to the glacier is one of most scenic hikes in Norway.
The three kilometer long hike starts at Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge, the hike takes around one hour each way.
The Oldedalen Valley
From Olden, drive the Oldedalen Valley along Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord towards Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge where you can park your car. It is difficult to drive this road without having several photo stops. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere.
Hiking to Briksdalsbreen Glacier
The trail to Briksdalsbreen Glacier starts at Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge at the innemost part of the Briksdal Valley. 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 last years, the Briksdalsbreen Glacier has retreated several hundred meters. But you can still see the glacier hanging steep down from the Jostedalsbreen Glacier which is the largest glacier in the European mainland. And the green chartreuse colour on the glacial lake is worth the hike alone.
The hike takes around one hour each way and the trail is also great for wheel chairs and prams. You can also join a ride to the glacier in a “Troll Car”.
When you are in the Nordfjord Area
Loen Skylift at Mt. Hoven (1011 m.a.s.l) in Loen in Nordfjord is a gondola that goes from fjord to mountain in five minutes. Great view to the inner part of the Nordfjord; Loen and Lodalen Valley with Lake Lovatnet, and Olden, Oldedalen Valley and Lake Oldevatnet. Hoven Restaurant at Mt. Hoven with fantastic view over the Nordfjord Panorama. Popular goal for hikers, skiers, BASE-Jumpers and Speed-Flyers. We recommend you to stay at Hotel Alexandra, down by the fjord.
Drive the Lodalen Valley along Lake Lovatnet in Nordfjord towards the inner part of Lodalen. Several photo stops along the road. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere. At the inner part of the Lodalen Valley you can see the Kjenndalsbreen Glacier, part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.
Drive the Oldedalen Valley along Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord towards Oldedalen and the Briksdal Glacier. It is difficult to drive this road without having several photo stops. Beautiful and wild scenery everywhere. At Briksdalen at the inner part of the Oldedalen Valley you can join a ride to the Briksdal Glacier in a “Troll Car”.
Completed in 1894, the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road was a masterpiece of road-building and engineering. This was the only way of passage between Skjåk and Stryn during most of the last century. Stryn Summer Ski Center is situated in the middle of this road. The 27-kilometre long road is closed during winter.
At Strynefjellet Mountain Road you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Center. Slalom, Telemark, Cross Country and Snowboard equipment are available for rental. Normally there are excellent ski conditions, especially early summer. The summer ski season usually begins late in May, depending on the amount of snow on the winter closed road.
The scenery in Nordfjord is among the most beautiful in Norway, the magnificent mountains and the deep fjord form a fantastic backdrop to winter adventures. A trip to Nordfjord during winter can be spiced up with summit trips, winter surfing at Stad, spa and well-being treatments combined with delicious meals prepared using local ingredients.
The most popular mountains for skiing are Skåla, Kyrkjenibba, Sisiliekruna and Hornindalsrokken are popular ski touring mountains. Loen Skylift and Mt. Hoven is a great starting point for ski touring. Stad is considered one of Norway’s best surf spots, also during winter. Stad Surfing and Ervik Surfshop will assist you with boards, dry suits and instructions.
You will also find great ski centres in Nordfjord, and you can also ski during summer. Stryn Summer Ski is located by the Strynefjell National Tourist Route, on a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.
Nordfjord Tourist Information: Nordfjord – All in one Fjord
Fjord Tours: The Norwegian Fjords
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway