Jostedalsbreen


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Jostedalsbreen

(yô`stədälsbrā'ən), largest glacier of the European mainland, 315 sq mi (816 sq km), Sogn og Fjordane co., SW Norway. Located W of the Jotunheimen Mts., between Nordfjord and Sognafjord, the glacier is 60 mi (97 km) long and 15 mi (24 km) wide, with its head c.6,700 ft (2,040 m) above sea level. It has many tributary glaciers.

Jostedalsbreen

 

a glacial complex in Norway, on the Jostedalsbreen Plateau, between Nordfjorden and Sognafjorden. Ice formations include a glacial shield with an area of 238.4 sq km, situated at an elevation of 1,600–1,800 m. A total of 76 outlet glaciers with lengths to 15 km descend in the west to elevations of 100–300 m.

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Our second hike takes us to Briksdal glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park, one of the arms of Jostedal glacier, the largest in continental Europe, covering an area 500km square.
We signed up for an excursion to the sprawling Jostedalsbreen National Park, which meant an enthusiastic and strenuous hike along the Brenndal Valley so we could marvel at the Brenndalsbreen and Briksdalbreen glaciers in what was deceptively warm weather.
Holocene glacial and climate history of the Jostedalsbreen region, western Norway; evidence from lake sediments and terrestrial deposits.
This town oozes perfect panoramas, not least our first glimpse of distant Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest mainland glacier.
Braemar then calls at Skjolden, set at the end of the one of the world's longest fjords, and home to the largest glacier in mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen.
Skiing the Jostedalsbreen entails a three-day trip on cross-country skies, carrying 25kg on your back and it means sleeping for two nights on the ice," he explains.
Skogstad UK business development director James Emery said: "As a family, we're all keen outdoor enthusiasts and have been buying technical clothing for a number of years having trekked across the mountainous Knoydart Peninsula in North West Scotland, cycled the breadth of Wales and more recently, Michael cross country skied across Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier on mainland Europe.
As well as the horn, he also unveiled his "iceophone" and other percussion instruments, each made from ice dating back 600 years from the Jostedalsbreen glacier.
Norwegians living west of the great Jostedalsbreen glacier, reported a number of crop failures in the mid- 17th century, and the advancement of the glacier.
Before Flo, the town of 6700 people would boast about its place at the bottom of Europe's biggest glacier, the earth-shaking 487 sq km Jostedalsbreen.
If you fancy ice-climbing in the summer, aim for the Jostedalsbreen Glacier in western Norway, where you can do your Spiderman impression on a one-day adventure trip, amid dramatic snow-free mountains and get a tan at the same time.
The pine tree-limit recession is also approximately congruent with a climatic reconstruction based on the Jostedalsbreen ice cap in central South Norway (Nesje et al.