Briksdalsbreen Glacier

Briksdalsbreen Glacier is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway and once you get there, it’s easy to see why. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to visit this spectacular natural wonder.

What Is Briksdalsbreen Glacier?

Briksdalsbreen is a small arm of the Jostedalsbreen, the largest ice sheet in continental Europe. Jostedalsbreen Glacier has a surface area of about 487 square kilometres with ice up to 600 metres thick, whereas the Briksdalsbreen arm is around four square-kilometres and an average thickness of 50 meters.

Briksdalsbreen is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in Norway.

Briksdalsbreen is a popular destination for hikers, climbers, and skiers.

The glacier is dotted with a number of small ice climbing routes. The most popular route is the ascent of the north face of Breheimen, which offers stunning views of the Jostedalsbreen.

The glacier is located in the municipality of Stryn, in the village of Olden.

How old is the Briksdalsbreen glacier?

Briksdalsbreen Glacier is said to be around 2500 years old.

Where Is Briksdalsbreen Glacier Located?

The glacier is located in the municipality of Stryn, in the village of Olden.

How To Get to Briksdalsbreen Glacier?

A network of marked trails leads from the parking lot to the edge of the glacier. The most popular route is the three-kilometre hike to the viewing platform which takes around 45 minutes. From the platform, there are stunning views of the glacier and the surrounding mountains.

Briksdalsbreen Glacier Norway - What You Need to Know
Briksdalsbreen Glacier

Is There Accessible Parking Available When Visiting Briksdalsbreen Glacier?

There is accessible parking right at the start of the trailhead to the glacier, where you will also find a restaurant, a souvenir shop and a visitor centre. If you are unable to take the hike to the glacier, you can pay to take a ride on one of the buggies to transport you to the glacier instead.

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Briksdalsbreen Glacier?

Briksdalsbreen is a beautiful place to visit all year round. In the winter, the snow-covered glacier provides a stunning backdrop for skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, the melting ice creates a spectacular waterfall. The meltwater flows into the lake at the base of the glacier, creating a beautiful blue-green colour. No matter what time of year you visit, Briksdalsbreen is sure to impress.


Briksdalsbreen is a must-see attraction in Norway in our opinion. It’s pretty easily accessible in terms of hikes in Norway which makes it a great place to visit for the whole family if you don’t want anything too strenuous.

With the effects of global warming on the planet, who knows how long we will be able to see these glaciers as they are now, Briksdalsbreen Glacier has shrunk significantly over the years, so it’s important to visit them whilst we have the chance.

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