Blue Ice glacier walk
Jostedalsbreen glacier is the largest ice cap on the European
continent. From the endless white plateau a lot of glacier arms are
pushing their way down the valleys. One of the most spectacular and
the easiest accesible of these is the Nigardsbreen glacier in
Jostedalen. You get to the glacier center
by private car (45 minutes) or with the Glacier
Bus, which leaves Solvorn at 08:35 every day. The bus returns to
Jostedalen breførarlag, the glacier guide company, offers guided tours on Nigardsbreen. All equipment is included and safety is the number one priority. The walk is not physically hard, but some people find that they have used new muscles from walking with crampons on the ice, so it can be tiring!
There are 4 different glacier walks:
1. The family walk. Very easy, mostly on flat ice. From 6 years old, especially suitable for young children. You buy the ticket at the edge of the glacier. Duration: 1 hour, runs daily.
2. Short Blue Ice Trip. Short and easy trip between crevasses and seracs. From 12 years old. Suitable for everybody. May be very crowded in July and August. Duration: 3.5 hours, runs daily.
3. Blue Ice Trip. RECOMMENDED. Easy, but long enough to seek out some more impressive areas of the ice. Visit and investigate the most interesting formations and colours. From 12 years old. Suitable for everybody. Duration: 4.5 hours, runs daily.
4. Blue Ice Special. A more challenging glacier tour. In smaller groups of 6 people, you can try a more demanding blue-ice trek and for those who wish: ice-climbing with a pair of climbing axes on a wall of ice with a top rope. From 12 years old. Suitable for people with normal fitness. Duration: 6 hours runs Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat. Highly reccomended!
You buy the tickets in the glacier center. There is a cafe there, a souvenir shop and a glacier exhibition.
The hosts reccomend enjoying the glacier with a cinammon roll from Lustrabui bakery