The name Svartisen comes from the old norwegian term «Svartis», 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 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 it at its finest under the evening light.