Day 13: From Bergsetbreen to Nigardsbreen

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View on the Bergsetbreen glacier
We woke up early since it were freezing in our sleeping bags. Even the dog shivered from cold and wanted to join us in our sleeping bags. It was a bright and sunny day but the temperatures at the morning were around 0° C.

After we had some hot coffee we packed our backpacks to hike the Bergsetbreen glacier. It's a 1 to 1 1/2 hours hike each way on a relatively flat path, thus makes it ideal for families with children.

The glacier itself is one of the most beautiful and impressing glacier arms of the Jostedalsbreen. The Bergsetbreen glacier forms an impressive icefall down to the valley of Krundalen below. It's 1,400 m high. You are not allowed to go close to the glacier because it's too dangerous. Sitting on a rock and enjoying the view on this enormous glacier we heard some rumbling.
We looked at the glacier and saw ice breaking off the glacier and falling down. It was incredible. This happend about 3 times during our 1 hour stay.

Since we wanted to see the Nigardsbreen glacier aswell, which is only 15 km away from the Bergsetbreen we headed back to the camper and drove over to the other glacier.

On the way to the Nigardsbreen you find a very informative glacier center which is really worth a visit. Since I already have been there some years ago we didn't make a stop this time. The weather was too great anyway for indoor activities.

At the entrance of the Nigardsbreen area you have to pay toll for the narrow road to the glacier. At the end of the 5 km road you find a huge parking area.

You have 2 opportunities to reach the glacier.
The Bersetbreen is the steepest tongue of the Jostedalsbreen
Either you can take the boat over the lake or you can hike a trail along the banks of the lake. Since we already had done a 3 hours hike we've choosen the easy way with the boat. You have to hike about 30 minutes from the landing place anyway.

The Nigardsbreen is impressing because you can go very close to the glacier - even touch it. Unfortunately in the season it's very crowded, too. The Bergsetbreen is less visited.

You can book hiking tours on the glacier aswell but we couldn't make one since we had the dog with us.

I love glaciers and I can't get enough of its beauty.

Not far from the Nigardsbreen Glcier Center and in 5 km distance from the glacier you find a small camp ground which we've spend the night on.

huibdos says:
Beautiful pictures, and what a contrast between the white and the flower sprinkled green:)
Posted on: Aug 25, 2009
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View on the Bergsetbreen glacier
View on the Bergsetbreen glacier
The Bersetbreen is the steepest to…
The Bersetbreen is the steepest t…
The ice formation is incredible
The ice formation is incredible
Be careful with steep glaciers. Th…
Be careful with steep glaciers. T…
more ice came down
more ice came down
... and even more
... and even more
Cottongrass at Nigardsbreen glacier
Cottongrass at Nigardsbreen glacier
First view on the Nigardsbreen fro…
First view on the Nigardsbreen fr…
Nigardsbreenvatnet
Nigardsbreenvatnet
Either you can go by boat to the g…
Either you can go by boat to the …
We took the boat because we alread…
We took the boat because we alrea…
Although you take the boat you hav…
Although you take the boat you ha…
Were getting closer ;)
We're getting closer ;)
Weve been so close we could touch…
We've been so close we could touc…
Klaus trying to catch a good photo
Klaus trying to catch a good photo
Under the glacier
Under the glacier
Nothings too dangerous for taking…
Nothing's too dangerous for takin…
Nigardsbreen
photo by: aloneinthecrowd