Svartisen – My first glacier

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There are about 1600 glaciers in Norway, but I had actually never seen one before my trip up north earlier this June. Then I went to Svartisen, the second largest glacier in the country. Maybe more than the others I was very excited to see this glacier when walking towards this big remnant from the Ice Age. Want to know more about glaciers? Here is a link to All about Glaciers.

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We had to walk past a lake, which 200 years ago was covered by ice because the glacier was bigger then. The lake is bright green due to the meltwater from the glacier and particles supplied.

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Then started the climbing uphill. I was not going to do glacier walking. I just wanted to experience it from a close range. On the way I saw waterfalls, mountain flowers and this small bird hunting in a waterfall, The White-throated Dipper (fossekall), our national bird.

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The walk uphill was a bit more difficult than expected because rain made the bare stones very slippery and the railing was just for a little distance. All the way uphill I was sort of worried for the return, since downhill is more difficult. It wasn’t. It stopped raining, and no problems at all. Just some very interesting sights.

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The guys walking the glacier looked very small on the icy landscape.

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After the mountain I could enjoy a sour cream porridge with smoked ham, because there is a café at the beginning of the lake. We spent the day in this interesting valley and to get back we had to take a boat across the fjord. There are more photos in my Svartisen photo gallery.

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75 thoughts on “Svartisen – My first glacier

  1. What a wonderful outing! I have been to glaciers in Montana but didn’t get up as close as you were able to do. Now I wish I had. I do, however, remember going cross country skiing in June – wearing shorts!
    I guess that is what is so surprising to me – your clothing. Here it is around 100 (38) degrees out. I am so tired of being hot. It is hard for me to sleep when it is hot. And there are your pictures, with people dressed the way I dress in winter, on the same day I am so hot here.
    What an amazing world we live in.

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  2. So hard to convey the scale of glaciers in a photo isn’t it? My favorite shot is the boat🙂 Glacier Bay in Alaska is one of my favorite trips ever. Will have to post about it one of these days.

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  3. I’d love to do something like that. And now I know your national bird as a bonus. Fine photos as always, Bente. Oh, the porridge looks good too.

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  4. This post is foul play, Bente😛 Hvem kan dog hamle op med så smukke og dramatiske billeder, det er spektakulært. Dine billeder af Svartisen har fantastiske farver.
    I dag tænkte jeg på ‘min’ White-throated Dipper, som jeg besøgte hver dag i vinters her i Danmark. Måske er det den, der er oppe hos dig nu🙂
    Du må godt låne fossekall, fordi den er dit lands nationalfugl ♡ bare den kommer hjem på vinterferie i Danmark.
    Mange hilsner,
    Hanna

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  5. WOW! Should be great and exciting experience, even I felt this while watching your amazing photographs. Thank you dear Bente, have a nice weekend, love, nia

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  6. They are nothing but a spectacular, Bente.
    Looks almost like a collection of best composed best shot from years of different journeys, still the same glacier there.
    Whether the same glacier showing different facets or not, photographer capture each of them in totally different approaches
    and the photos looks almost in different genre, is a proof of the versatility of the photographer.
    I take my hat off.

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  7. What amazing photos! The ice full of folds and blue shadow – stunning. All of them. Love the bird, the flowers – & your dog! Gorgeous hound🙂 Thanks so much for sharing

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  8. I had no idea the glacier was so huge until I saw the dotted figures in the frame and the final two shots sum up the beauty and majesty so well. What a fantastic adventure in every shot!

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  9. I’m so impressed with your photos! Thanks for sharing. I’ve not been to any glaciers.. Yet.
    The color of the ice is intoxicating. I also wondered if the dogs feet are furry enough to not be cold =-)

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  10. great images, I’ve only seen Svartisan from the fjord as I was onboard the Boudicca. I’ve walked on a glacier in Svalbard though and feel quite lucky to have done so. Amazing post as usual.

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  11. Such a wonderful adventure! Looks like great fun. It’s always so nice to have people giving a sense of scale to the size of the landscape. VERY impressive.

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  12. Just stunning! I’ve never been on a glacier like that before either, it looks amazing. I really enjoy all these day trips I get to take with you here on your blog, thank you for always sharing so many beautiful photos! Oh, and that porridge looks so good too 🙂

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  13. Giant wide Bergische worlds.
    say the sweet is about rice pudding?
    Tasty then.Unlimited freedom in nature. nice to see your pictures.
    I have a beautiful Wochenende.Liebe greetings Andrea sends friends

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  14. I can’t believe that you as a Norwegian never have seen a glacier before. Many tourist know your own country better sometimes than yourself. It happens to me here in Germany often, too.😉 I visited Engabreen 2004. And it was much bigger than now. But the decline isn’t that much as at Briksdalsbreen. There it’s much more dramatically and I’m everytime shocked I see new photos. But so the nature goes. Beautiful photos which brings back some good memories to me. Ha en fortsatt god helg.😀

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  15. You’ve seen glaciers one more time than I, Bente. But I don’t live in Norway so I can be excused.🙂 Lots of nice images that you are sharing.I love seeing the blue in the ice and the vastness of the ice fields.
    Have you seen the movie “Chasing Ice”. We should see glaciers while we still can.

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  16. I loved this post, Bente – some excellent images too. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have walked up or crossed glaciers. They are extraordinary places – full of unexpected colours, the sounds of running water deep beneath the ice, and extraordinary abstract sculpted beauty.

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  17. These photos are outstanding! The people are so small in the one shot on the ice that I’m glad you told us they were there or I would have missed them! Everything is so beautiful. How lucky to see this up close.

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  18. Gorgeous photos, Bente. I once saw a glacier from afar…way back in my childhood visiting in Switzerland, but never so close as this. You captured everything wonderfully….and what a treasured trip for you. Thank you for sharing the images.

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  19. Your glaciers are beautiful, I saw some of them a few years ago, when, dare I admit I was on a cruise ship travelling around the Norwegian coast that travelled along several of your breathtaking fjords and up to Svalbard. I had no idea they would be blue! The rate at which some of the big ones are retreating is frightening though.

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  20. Tokigt vackra bilder! Alla är superfina, men kanske den sista säger något extra, men, åh, jag ska titta på dem igen! Jo, den är bäst! Römmegröt, oj vad jag längtar efter det!❤ Åh! Och den vackra sjön med sin fantastiska färg, och fjorden! Och färgerna, och strukturen! Har sett en glaciär (bree) från min morfars hus i hela mitt liv, men har inte varit där. Den ligger i en "gryta" liksom. Har inte hellre varit på/intill en glaciär. Skulle nog inte direkt vilja gå långt på en, det är lite skrämmande med sprickor och annat skumt. Men spännande.
    Har planer på att åka till Harstad och Sortland i augusti.🙂
    Allt gott till dej med en kram!!!!

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  21. What a beautiful place, and your photos are just incredible. I love that there were people in many of your glacier shots (and yes, I did click over to your gallery), because it helped me to get a sense of scale. Wonderful!

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  22. I have been to Svartisen twice – fantastic glacier and so are your pictures! I didn’t walk on it, though, only up to it. There were about 25 years in between the visits and so much had happened. The glacier was several kilometres drawn back, and I didn’t recognize the landscape. Still very beautiful though.

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  23. I m so gonna reblog this to my blog. Cool images of glaciers. For the first two images one cannot judge the size but the 3rd image and then u realize that its so huge. Feels icecreamy by looking at it.

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  24. Reblogged this on Mayur Hulsar Photography and commented:
    My friend Bente origins from Norway, a place of midnight Sun. He is a photo journalist and roams all over the country capturing beautiful landscapes, people and their stories. His posts has made me know many things about his beautiful land. Recently he posted about his country’s second largest glacier. ANd I have to share this post because I was overwhelmed by the shear beauty of this object. Now Svartisen the glacier in Norway has become one of my ‘places to visit before I die’
    Read through folks…

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  25. That is one massive glacier!! We narrowly missed visiting our first – the Perito Morino in Argentina – due to ash clouds that cancelled our flight to El Calafate. Thanks for sharing these fabulous images.

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  26. Sour cream porridge with cream sounds and looks superb!🙂 I love that photo of the side of the glacier snout – very beautiful and well captured. I’ve never visited a glacier yet (I don’t really get on well with cold climates) but would like to see one some day…
    Carol.

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