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The begin of the trail. Always follow the red "T"
After all that driving it was nice to stay at the same place for 2 days but doing nothing isn't my case. I've been to Norway several times before but I never did a hike to the Buarbreen glacier which is a tongue of the Folgefonna glacier. The Folgefonna glacier is the third biggest in Norway and more than 200 km² wide. Since 2005 it's declared as a National Park.

Not many tourists visit the Buarbreen since it's not as easy to reach as the Nigardsbreen glacier or the Briksdalsbreen glacier. It's more an insider tip. The weather was much better than the days before and we decided to hike the about 2 1/2 hours (each way) long trail.

You must follow a small road from Odda to Buardalen (approx.
Some of the bridges
5 km). At the end of the road is a small parking lot. The hiking trail beginns right behind the farmhouse marked with a red "T".

Because it was raining the days before the trail was slippery and soaked with water additional to that it was very steep (the hiking poles helped a lot). We had to cross tiny brigdes and rocks which were layed in the muddy areas. At one place we had to lift ourselves with the help of a rope on a huge rock. It was about 10 m high. Usually it would have been easy but with the dog with us it was a logistic tour de force. Klaus had to climb up the steep rock about half way and I cast the leash to Klaus. He pulled up the dog. I followed them took the leash again, Klaus climbed the rest of the rock. I cast the leash again and he pulled Buddy up the rock followed by me.
Pfew, hard piece of work and we were extremely proud after we made it ;) We saw some people (without dogs :p) giving up at that point.

Because of the steepness we needed some breaks now and then. All in all it took us about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to reach the glacier which is impressive. We stayed there for at least 1 hour, had some lunch and took a bunch of photos, then we headed back to the car.

You need about the same time to hike the trail back although it's downhill. The rocks were slippery and you have to watch your step carefully. At the "big rock" we had good luck. A kind young norwegian man helped us with Buddy. I cast the leash down to him and he catched Buddy after he ran down the rock and nearly lost foodhold. It looked funny when the dog became faster and faster :D Like in a comic ;) Some of you might say "poor dog" but he's used to it since he was a puppy. Travelling is part of his life, too :)

Tired and with hurting feet we arrived the campground again. Ready for a shower, a beer and red wine and a yummy dinner.





 
missandrea81 says:
Wunderschöne Landschaft!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2009
aloneinthecrowd says:
I bet you wanna join Buddy ;)
Posted on: Sep 09, 2009
WonderDog says:
Woof! Woof! Buddy!
Posted on: Sep 09, 2009
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The begin of the trail. Always fol…
The begin of the trail. Always fo…
Some of the bridges
Some of the bridges
First view on the Buarbreen glacier
First view on the Buarbreen glacier
Looking back into the valley
Looking back into the valley
The glaciers coming closer
The glacier's coming closer
Do you find the red T?
Do you find the red "T"?
This is the path to follow
This is the path to follow
Finally at the bottom of the glaci…
Finally at the bottom of the glac…
Good dog Buddy waiting for us
Good dog Buddy waiting for us
Looking down to the valley
Looking down to the valley
Bridge over troubled water
Bridge over troubled water
At first you have to climb down th…
At first you have to climb down t…
Can you find the path?
Can you find the path?
It looked like a mini forest
It looked like a mini forest
Having some coffee
Having some coffee
I hope the rock wont break some d…
I hope the rock won't break some …
View from the campground
View from the campground
Odda
photo by: Haydenerg