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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.
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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.
It is the gateway to the afore-mentioned Jostedal Glacier and a tour to Briksdal, its most well-known glacier arm, is a must.
From Olden, the fittest Saganauts - including one with a recently replaced hip - hiked to Briksdal Glacier, while some of us took a leisurely coach ride to the Jostedal glacier and the glacier museum at Fjaerland.
Other museums followed, sometimes without historical context, like the Norwegian Glacier Museum at Fjaerland, which he built on the western ice-scraped plain below Jostedal glacier and which features a roof that becomes a viewing platform.
On the occasion I woke early to marvel at the fjords, our first port of call was the Briksdal Glacier, part of the Jostedal Glacier National Park.
Part of the Jostedal Glacier National Park, it rises to a height of 1200m and tourists regularly use horse and carriages to tour the sights.
Part of the Jostedal Glacier National Park, it rises to a height of 3,500ft and tourists regularly use horse and carriages to tour the sights.