Europes most accessible glacier


Being 370 square kilometers, Svartisen is Norways second largest glacier. It is also the most accessible glacier to visit in Europe.

The glacier is one of the major attractions in Bodø & Salten, and if you are in the area it is a must to experience it!

The name Svartisen comes from the old term «Svartis» (meaning black ice), which describes the characteristic deep blue color of the ice, in contrast to the white snow. The ice masses show a range of blue tones, from transparent ice to turquoise and dark blue.

Svartisen glacier // Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Experience Svartisen

Svartisen glacier ice can be experienced in many ways. The toughest people try their hand at glacier hiking, but if you do not dare to go hiking on a glacier, you can walk to where the glacier begins to see it up close. Or you can observe it from a distance while eating lunch at Brestua. Feel free to spend the night by the ice and experience the glacier at its finest under the evening light.

Tenting under the midnight sun at Svartisen // Photo: Arctic Wanderlust

Orient yourself on Svartisen

The view from Brestua // Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen
Engabrevatnet has a beautiful turquoise color that comes from the glacial water that flows down here // Photo: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

Get to know the areas near Svartisen