Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal is one of the easiest accessible glaciers in the fjords area in Western Norway. A short boat trip and a short hike, and you stand by the foot of the glacier.
We joined a Short Blue Ice Hike on the glacier, and had a great experience in wild and beautiful surroundings. See the pictures and video further down in the article.
Read also: Hiking to Mt. Molden in Luster
Read also: Kayaking the Lustrafjord and part of the Sognefjord
Glacier Hikes on Nigardsbreen
NOTE : The Blue Ice Family Glacier Hike is cancelled this season (2019) due to difficult ice conditions at the Nigardsbreen Glacier. The other glacier-hikes are open for booking, as normal.
The hikes on Nigardsbreen can be done in small or large groups. All hikes on the glacier are guided by experienced guides, and all necessary equipment are provided. Some of the hikes you can choose between are Blue Ice Family Hike, Short or Long Blue Ice Hike and Special Blue Ice Hike. You can also choose the KIDS SPECIAL which is a more challenging hike, for sporty and adventurous kids.
Age limit on Glacier Hikes on the Nigardsbreen Glacier is minimum 8 years old. It is recommended to book Glacier Hikes in advance at Jostedal Breførarlag. At Breheimsenteret Glacier Center in Jostedal, more information are provided about the activities, the glacier and the surrounding area.
Glacier Bus from Sogndal
About Nigardsbreen Glacier
The Nigardsbreen Glacier is a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the larges ice-cap in continental Europe. The Glacier is situated by Lake Nigardsbrevatnet at Gjerde, a side valley to the Jostedal Valley. Between year 1700 and 1750, the Nigardsbreen Glacier expanded more than four kilometres.
During the last years, from around 1930, the glacier has been retracting. Between the Glacier Center and Lake Nigardsbrevatnet you can see several morains from the retreat of the glacier. The road to the Glacier Lake goes through many of the moraines, so you are able to see some cross sections of the moraines from the road.
Warning – Glaciers are Dangerous
The last years there have been some fatal accidents by the foot of the glacier. A glacier is like a river in “slow motion”, glaciers are always moving. This causes the gacier to calv now and then, and sometimes the Glacial River will accumulate under the glacier and come out as a “tsunami”. Due to the danger, the glacier is barriered off in a good distance from the tongue of the glacier. Crossing the barriers is at great risk, so NEVER CROSS THE BARRIERS! See video below…
The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers. Here you have the oldest historical hotel in Norway, the beautiful Walaker Hotel. Visit Urnes Stave Church and the Feigumfossen Waterfall. The hike to Mt. Molden in Luster gives you a tremendous view towards the fjord. Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedal is one of the easiest accessible glaciers in Norway. The Lustrafjord is the innermost branch of the 204 km long Sognefjord.
LUSTRAFJORD – Useful Links
Tourist Information about Luster and the Lustrafjord: Sognefjord.com
Skjolden – Where fjord meets the mountains: Skjolden.com
The UNESCO Protected Urnes Stave Church
Ferry across the Lustrafjord: Lustrabaatane
Glacier Guiding on Nigardsbreen Glacier: Jostedalen Breførarlag
Breheimsenteret Glacier Center in Jostedal: Breheimsenteret
Mountain Hotel in the Hurrungane Mountains: Turtagrø Hotel
Sognefjellet National Tourist Route: Norwegian Scenic Routes
Guided Kayak Trip on the Lustrafjord: Fjordseal at Marifjøra
Hvitserk Expeditions: Guided kayak-adventure on the Lustrafjord
Guided Motor Boat Tours at Lake Styggevatnet: Ice Troll
Accommodation in Luster
Hotel at Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway`s oldest hotel: Walaker Hotel at Solvorn
Bed & Breakfast at Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juice Factory
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusive stay at Hafslo: BesteBakken
Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway