Nigardsbreen Glacier (Norway): Trail Report

Nigardsbreen Glacier (Norway): Trail Report

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.

Suggested Stops

The Breheimsenteret Visitors Centre.

Important Insights

No elevation but the trail has stairs and guide ropes going up and down the rocks.

Land Acknowledgement

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Land Management

Nigardsbreen Glacier is managed by Breheimen nasjonalpark

GPS Coordinates

61.674012187509156, 7.23376015354735

Street Address

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.


Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception



Washrooms available at the parking lot.



Trail Details

Entrance Fee


Hours of Operation

May - September

Trail Map

Available from the Breheimsenteret Visitors Centre.


Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails


Total Distance (km)


Elevation Gain (m)

Cell Reception




Hiking, Nature Centre


Not Permitted.

Trail Description

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.

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