Vincent Lowe Photography - Images of the Jostedalsbreen area, Norway
Back to Index Jostedalsbreen

The Jostedalsbreen ice cap is the largest glacier on the European mainland.  It covers an area of about 475 sq. km (183 sq. miles) at an altitude of around 2000m (6500 ft).  It is believed by geologists that the ice disappeared completely in the warm period after the last ice age - so much for our current obsession with 'global warming'.  The ice started to reform about 5000 years ago and today it is at about the same extent as in 1700.  In the 'Little Ice Age' (approx 1700-50) the glacier tongues advanced rapidly, depositing considerable moraines and destroying farmland.  There are 24 glacier tongues, of which Tunsbergdalsbreen is the longest.

Skip the waffle
and get to the


The complete traverse from north to south is a two day ski trek but east-west crossings can be done in four to six hours.  At one time cattle used to be driven across the ice, avoiding the hundred mile journey around the plateau.  The highest point of the ice is on Harbardsbreen (2010m, 6594ft) and the highest peak is Lodalskåpa (2083m, 6834ft).  Unfortunately my two visits to this area were dogged by persistent bad weather which severely limited our excursions onto the ice.  However, during our 1994 visit, we did manage to grab an ascent of Lodalskåpa on a rare day of sunshine.

jost02-t.jpg  jost03-t.jpg  jost04-t.jpg  jost07-t.jpg 

jost08-t.jpg  jost10-t.jpg  jost11-t.jpg  jost12-t.jpg 

jost13-t.jpg  jost14-t.jpg  jost20-t.jpg  jost28-t.jpg 

jost18-t.jpg  jost21-t.jpg  jost22-t.jpg  jost23-t.jpg 

jost24-t.jpg  jost25-t.jpg  jost26-t.jpg 

· Home Page · Site Map · Norway Index · What's New ·