Nigardsbreen Glacier, Norway

Everyone that travels with me knows how much I love glaciers!  Ever since I first started visiting them in 2009 on my Switzerland trip I make it a point to go places that have awesome glaciers to explore and photograph [ie: Iceland, Alaska, New Zealand, Switzerland].  Norway has a great number of them being so high up near the Arctic Circle, so of course that was one of the reasons for going there.  This time around we highlighted the Nigardsbreen Glacier which is a very easily accessible glacial tongue, and also one that hasn’t receded as much.  Unfortunately in the last few decades many of Norway’s easy to get to glaciers have receded up the mountains, so they’re beautiful to see way up there, but you can’t actually go exploring all that easily.  The Boyabreen Glacier is one of them [see photos about 3/4 of the way down the page].

Nigardsbreen Glacier


Photography by: Ian Grant [portfolio / print sales / contact]

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Boyabreen Glacier

Not far away is the Boyabreen Glacier, which not long ago stretched well into the valley.  Now days what’s left is just a thin sliver of a glacier up at the top of the ridge.  It does make for a pretty remarkable drive through the area though!


A little info on the Nigardsbreen Glacier:

Nigardsbreen is a glacier arm of the large Jostedalsbreen glacier. Nigardsbreen lies about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the village of Gaupne in the Jostedalen valley, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is located just west of the Jostedøla river.  During the first half of the 18th century, the glacier expanded due to cold weather. Then during the winters of 1741-1744 were extremely cold. Apples and pears did not ripen during the summer and the bee populations perished. Between 1700 and 1748, the glacier moved forward about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) completely covering and crushing the “Nigard” farm (hence the name of the glacier). By 1748, the Nigardsbreen covered about 48 square kilometres (19 sq mi). From 1930 until 1939, the glacier retracted again.


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