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. Map to use: Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark 1:50000.
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.
SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE IMPORTANT! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. You must always join a Guided Tour on Nigardsbreen Glacier. NEVER WALK ON THE GLACIER WITHOUT GUIDE! NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. We recommend you to use a Map and Compass since many of the hikes go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog. WARNING! 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! SEASON & WEATHER: Beginning of June to Mid September, see Jostedalen Breførarlag Website. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather! Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.
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, 10 or 12 years old, depending on which glacier hike you choose. 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.
NEVER WALK ON A GLACIER WITHOUT GUIDE! It is also very important that one NEVER hikes in front of a glacier! It is encouraged that one admires the beauty of a glacier from a safe distance.
Nigardsbreen Glacier: The last years there have been some fatal accidents by the foot of the Nigardsbreen 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, some of the glaciers, like Nigardsbreen Glacier, are 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 where the fjords meet the top of Norway and the mountains and glaciers never end. There are many wonderful and exciting things to see and do there. The oldest historical hotel, the Walaker Hotel, is located here. Visit the world heritage protected Urnes Stave Church and see the mighty Feigumfossen waterfall that reveals itself in the spring. The hike to Mt Molden gives you a fantastic view both inwards and outwards the Lustrafjord. Nigardsbreen glacier in Jostedal and Austerdalsbreen glacier at Veitastrond are two of the most beautiful and most easily accessible glaciers in Norway. Mørkridsdalen and Fortunsdalen are two classic areas for mountain hikes near Skjolden, which is located in the innermost part of the Lustrafjord. Drive Sognefjellet National Tourist Route. Along the road is Turtagrø Hotel where you will get information and guide to Hurrungane which is one of Norway’s wildest mountain areas. Stay at Skjolden Hotel, a great hotel with short-travelled food and beer. The Lustrafjord is a branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord.
Accommodation in Luster
Jostedalen – Jostedal Hotel
Jostedalen – Jostedal Camping
Hotel in Skjolden: Skjolden Hotel
Skjolden: Skjolden Resort
Guesthouse in Luster: Nes Gard
Norway´s oldest hotel in Solvorn: Walaker Hotel
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Eplet Hostel & Juicefabrikk
Bed & Breakfast in Solvorn: Villa Solvorn
Hotel at Marifjøra: Tørvis Hotel
Fjord Cabins in Luster: Luster Fjordhytter
Exclusivity and well-being at Hafslo: BesteBakken
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Luster – Useful Links
Tourist Information about Luster and the Lustrafjord: Sognefjord.com
Skjolden – Where fjord meets the mountains: Skjolden.com
Activities in Luster: Visit Skjolden
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
Guided Motor Boat Tours at Lake Styggevatnet: Ice Troll