The beautiful Oldedalen Valley

People from all over the world come to visit the famous Briksdal glacier (Briksdalsbreen) located between waterfalls and high peaks. This glacier is one of the most accessible and best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. The glacier is located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, the Jostedalsbreen ice cap extends unbroken for more than 60 kilometres.

The Briksdal glacier lies on the north side of the Jostedalsbreen, in Briksdalen (the Briks valley) which is located at the end of the Oldedalen valley, about 25 kilometres of the village of Olden. We hiked up from the mountain lodge, up to see the ice. The walk is 3 km each way. The mountain lodge lies at the head of the Oldedalen Valley, and within walking distance of the Briksdal Glacier. Due to the ice condition, we where not able to walk on it. In fact it is very dangerous to move close to the glacier, and everyone going to visit the place is told they must respect the roadblocks. There is much movement in the glacier, and the danger of avalanches is high.

Here below some shots of the landcape and the surrounding mountains.

Briksdal mountains

The ice has formed Briksdalen valley, with its landscape of smooth rock covered in lush vegetation. They say that the scenery is among the most beautiful in Norway and worth seeing. The Olden Valley was formed over numerous ice ages and you’ll be surprised at the wide variety of plants and beautiful flowers that grow there.

Briksdal glacier

Jostedal Glacier national park

The Briksdal Glacier, formed approx. 2,500 years ago, is part of the Jostedal national park. From a height of 1200 metres the ice drops right down into the narrow, fertile Briksdalen valley a sight which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.

When the glacier melts, cascade thunder down the mountainsides in Briksdalen valley.

When the ice melts, cascade thunder down the mountainsides in Briksdalen valley.


The mighty Briksdal Glacier is part of the Jostedal Glacier national park.

Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy during the days of our visit to the valley, even though it was the middle of summer.

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