walk and camp
anywhere in the national park
pick berries, fungi
and flowers for your own pleasure
hunt and fish in licensed areas
You must never...
use motorised land
or water transport
below 300 m or land in the national
quarry for stone,
minerals or fossils
damage wild plants or disturb
leave rubbish within the national
Glacier National Park
The national park surrounds Jostedalsbreen
- the largest glacier on the continent
of Europe. This is a big plateau
glacier with many glacial outcroppings.
In the national park there are also
many smaller separate glaciers.
Glaciers and water have shaped the
landscape with many moraines and
other geologically interesting phenomena.
is the largest active outwash plain
in Norway. The landscape around
Jostedalsbreen is characterized
by large contrasts. Within short
distances you find a spectacular
scenic variety, from fiord and luxuriant
u-shaped valleys with farms and
traditional agricultural landscape
to barren mountains and glaciers
with peaks rising to 2000 m.
Gushing streams, rivers and waterfalls
cascading down steep mountain sides
or deep down in the valleys are
the hallmarks of the area, especially
the Stryn and Loen river systems.
Jostedalsbreen constitutes one of
the largest wilderness areas in
southern Norway. Some of the valley
glaciers are among the most frequently
visited tourist attractions in Norway.
Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve borders
on the national park.
In the past, tracks and drove-roads
crossed the great Jostedal ice-sheet,
linking the western valleys with
the inland districts of Sogn and
south-east Norway. Cattle and horses
were driven across the glacier to
be sold in the markets in the east.
This would be difficult today as
the ice-sheet has shrunk and is
therefore steeper and has more crevasses.
Jostedalsbreen has long been regarded
as an attractive area for walkers
and hikers. Skiing the length of
the glacier has become popular in
recent years. Without specialist
knowledge and proper equipment,
however, walking or skiing on the
glacier is highly dangerous.
The old routes in the valleys
around the glacier, such as Oldeskardet,
offers exciting walking tours. Some
of the valley glaciers like Briksdalsbreen,
Bøyabreen and Nigardsbreen
are among the most frequently visited
tourist attractions in Norway. Jostedalsbreen
National Park covers parts of the
following municipalities: Luster,
Sogndal, Balestrand, Førde,
Jølster, Gloppen and Stryn.
There are access roads to the
park from many of the surrounding
valleys, including Jostedalen, Veitastrond,
Fjærland, Stardalen, Oldedalen
and Lodalen. Accomodation at camp
sites, guest houses and hotels in
the valleys outside the park, and
at cabins within the park a few
hours by foot from the main roads.
In the vicinity of the park there
are three visitor centres :
Breheimsenteret, which is HOME
of this site