Perhaps it was that it was later in the day. Or maybe because we were the only two nuts that would go out in the rain. Despite the hour (close to 8pm?) and the rain (like it always does), you couldn’t wipe the smiles from our faces for having gotten up close to Norway’s ‘most accessible’ glacier – Nigardsbreen.
The Breheimsenteret Visitors Centre.
No elevation but the trail has stairs and guide ropes going up and down the rocks.
Nigardsbreen Glacier is managed by Breheimen nasjonalpark
Fv335 80, 6871 Jostedal, Norway
From the town of Gaupne, it is 36kms (roughly 40-50 mins) on the 604 to Nigardsbreen. The road is 1-1.5 lanes for the two way traffic with multiple spots to pull over along the route. Gaupne is a great spot to fuel up and get groceries.
The trail from the parking lot is well marked with red T’s and dots making it easy to follow. There are some sections with wooden steps and guide ropes are you walk across the large rock surfaces. When it rains, parts of the trails become streams, and we were thankful to have our hikers on. Overall, it’s easy peasy and fun to follow!
It’s hard to decide which view points are best, however it was pretty wild to get up close to the ice blue glacier. It’s easy to feel like you’re in the alpine even though your car is parked at the same level just a short distance away. We really lucked out having the area to ourselves since it was pretty busy just before the rain started. Nigard is actually named after an old farm that resided there in the 18th century until the glacier expanded one year and crushing the buildings. There are warnings posted along the route on how to safely navigate the area, be sure to abide by them and respect that glaciers come with their own behaviour and dangers. From the base of the glacier, you can look back at Lake Nigardsbrevatnet which itself is a lovely view with it’s blue-green waters.