Sogn og Fjordane : Jostedalsbreen
The glacier and the mountains surrounding it became a national park in 1991.
Mountains, some of them bare-scrubed by the ice. Many valleys. And glaciers rising to a height of 2083 m (6833 ft).
Flora and fauna
At lower elevation the flora is quite rich. This is because of the pure meltwater flowing down the valley. Closer to the glacier the flora is of an artic type. On the glacier there is not much animal life. Red deer, lynx and wolverines could be spotted. In the mountains and valleys around the fauna is richer. Expecially the red deer could often be seen. Eagles could also be seen.
In the valleys and the mountain area around the glacier the climate can be temperated in summertime. On the glacier the temperature is lower. There can be snowfall even in mid-summer.
As Sogn og Fjordane county barely has railway lines, the best public transport option is by bus. Buses often operate on a limited schedule, but the entire county is well-covered. The map on Ruteinfo.net will show you bus stations, bus stops and accommodation including telephone numbrers. As the map is not in English, select one of the municipalities bordering the glacier (Jølster, Luster, Sogndal or Stryn) where it says VEL KOMMUNE.
There is no fee to enter the park.
There are no roads in the park. So the only option is walking.
The following atractions are related to the glacier and the park. However they are situated outside the boundaries of the park.
If you only would like to see the glacier, without walking on it, this are the best options:
Trekking and glacier walking. Here is a list of organised glacier tours:
Inividual tours could be arranged with the tour-guide upon request.
A ticket to the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland.
Traditional Sogn og Fjordane cuisine. Raspeballar, pinnekjøt or spekekjøt.
Olden, which is a bottled water from the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Its source lies in the Oldedalen valley south of Olden in Stryn municipality.
There are no designated camping ground in the park.
Do not enter the glacier without proper equiment or without someone who know what they are doing. Preferably in a organised group tour with a guide. Sunrays get reflected from the white snow, so it necessary to use sunscreen to protect your skin. Bring warm clothes for tours on the glacier.