The nature reserve
Founded in 1985, the Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve covers 28.1 km². It borders on the Jostedalsbreen National Park and lies in Jostedalen in Luster municipality. The natural reserve includes historical and geological phenomena that tell us a good deal about how the glacier has expanded and receded. The area is protected because of the glacier and its deposits. For that reason, visitors are not permitted to move rocks, damage vegetation, or camp in the nature reserve.
New methods can also help us find out what the landscape looks like beneath the ice. That might be useful in a warmer climate where the ice melts more quickly.
Moving about safely
Nice hikes are possible to several of the glaciers in Jostedalen. Nigardsbreen and Bergsetbreen are the two most visited glaciers, but Tuftebreen and Fåbergstølsbreen are also worth a visit. It is possible to hike safely for those who are familiar with the area or who receive tips from locals.
Follow the signs and respect barriers for both your own and others’ sake, and enjoy the experience of hiking to Nigardsbreen or other glacier arms.
Skal du opp på breen eller heilt bort til den, rår vi deg til å gå med ein guide som kan vurdere forholda. Svaberga blir glatte når det er vått, så sko deg godt! Følg skilting av omsyn til deg sjølv og andre, og få ei god oppleving ved Nigardsbreen, eller andre breutløparar.
Clothing and equipment
The weather is ever-changing in both summer and winter. You must assess the weather and the hiking conditions yourself, as well as your own personal shape and skills, and choose the appropriate clothing and equipment. Good hiking boots are a necessity for mountains and rocky areas. When on top of the glacier, visitors should also have sunglasses and gloves. Hiking in the mountains can be challenging. Choosing to use a guide provides security and useful advice.
The Nigardsbreen Viewpoint
Nigardsbreen is the glacier in Norway that provides the easiest access. Visitors can walk to Nigardsbreen by foot from Breheimsenteret, or partially get there by car on the toll road to the car park at the Nigardsbrevatnet lake. From the lake it is possible to travel by boat for a short distance, but the final stretch requires in any case a hike of around 40 minutes.
Boat to the glacier
A boat service operates on the Nigardsbrevatnet lake between June and September. The opening and closing of the season depend on the lake’s water level, so the exact dates may vary. The boat is in continuous service during the day, and no reservation is required. The boat makes the trip to Nigardsbreen much easier, since the trail along the lake is hilly and at times challenging. The boat ticket may be bought on the pier, using a bank card or the Vipps payment service. For more information and prices, click here.
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