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.
Glacier Hikes on Nigardsbreen
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 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 kilometers.
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.
Lake Nigardsvatnet is the glacial lake that lies below the Nigardsbreen Glacier. It is a great experience to kayak on this lake. You can go out on the lake by the pier where the glacier boats leave, this is close to the parking lot by the glacier lake. Ice Troll arranges combined guided tours with kayak on Lake Nigardsvatnet and glacier trip on Nigardsbreen Glacier.
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!
The Lustrafjord and Luster area is deemed to be one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It is the place where the fjords meet the top of Norway and the place where mountains and glaciers never end. There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do here. The oldest historical hotel, the Walaker Hotel, is located here.
Urnes Stave Church and Feigumfossen Waterfall are two beautiful places worth checking out. If you are feeling sporty the hike to Mt Molden is perfect for you and the view at the top is a bonus to your workout. If you really enjoyed Austerdalsbreen then Nigardsbreen Glacier is almost just as pretty. It is located in Jostedal and is one of the easiest and most accessible glaciers in Norway. The Lustrafjord which runs through this beautiful area is the innermost part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.
Accommodation in Jostedalen and Luster
Jostedalen – Jostedal Hotel
Jostedalen – Jostedal Camping
Hotel in Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway´s oldest hotel in Solvorn: Walaker Hotel
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juicefabrikk
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusivity and well-being at Hafslo: BesteBakken
Tourist Information Sognefjord: Sognefjord.no