Folgefonna National Park
Folgefonna National Park
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Norway's third largest glacier. In 2005 Folgefonna National Park was opened, which at the time was Norway's twenty fifth national park. Folgefonna is known for its dramatic and beautiful scenery. Here you will find fjords, mountains, lakes, rivers and water falls. There are lots of things to see in the park, and this makes the area one of the country's most important destinations. Access trails start at Rullestad in Etne, at Bergsto or at Mosnes (by boat).
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outlaws_2000
Limassol City, Cyprus682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
A fantastic walk up the slopes, then over the rocks and onto the glacier. The group was split into three smaller groups of 4-8 people according to their fitness and experience level. First group went really far exploring the whole glacier, 2nd group went the medium distance, and the 3rd group enjoyed a more leisure hike taking pictures and discussing/listening about the glacier, hiking stories, and enjoying the views. The hiking guides were experienced, careful and professional, and really enjoyed our day hiking with them.

Just note that the instructions in the company websites are inaccurate and not clear. You do not need to take your hiking boots, as those are not suitable for walking on snow and ice anyway. Proper shoes will be provided for you. You can also use your own gloves, or you can borrow from a box that has used gloves available. If you are not an experienced glacier hiker, please continue to read the below recommendations too.

Take at least a litre of water with you and definitely sun screen. Nobody will tell you this there, but it is important to apply sunscreen before you go up the mountain as sun reflects onto the snow and you can get sunburned even on a cloudy day. If it looks like it will rain, take waterproof clothing and rain coat. Take food and energy bars. The hike, even in the 3rd, more relaxed group is quite strenuous and you don’t want to be left without energy half way through the day. Take your lunch box as there will be a lunch break. Enjoy every moment!
Written July 7, 2018
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UniversalTraversal
Oakville, Canada830 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
On our way from Bergen to Utne, we decided to stop here for a short hike. After a 20-30 minute walk from the car park, you can see the glacier in the distance with a perfectly still lake below - it's really stunning. On the opposite side of the lake is a rocky beach, which requires a walk along slightly muddier and rockier paths. You can do the whole return in well under 3 hours, so definitely stop by.
Written December 5, 2016
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arjan
Almere, The Netherlands116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Bondhusvatnet is a lake near Sundal. Take exit Bondhusbrea and park your car at the parking space Walk on the the lovely 'ice road' for about 45 minutes and you will witness a beautifull and very peacefull scenery (see picture).
Written July 11, 2015
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Suzanne D
Auckland11 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
OK English speaking mountain hikers, this is what you need to know. The internet is happy to tell you that there is a nice stroll to Bondhusvatnet (lake) to view Bondhusbreen (glacier), but it has to be squeezed for all it’s worth to realise that the hike up to Breidablikk and Fonnabu huts (and back) that overlook the ice cap can probably be done in a day. Then it’s not until you give it a go that you realise how spectacular it is. The only other people on the trail were Norwegian and so I feel a bit guilty about advertising how good it is!
At a reasonably energetic pace, it took 3 hours up to Breidablikk and 2 hours down. To Fonnabu is another hour (one way).
The free car park is a short way up the side road from the middle of Sundal (on coast at north west end of Folgefonna Nasjonalpark). Starting on the wide hardpacked metal trail to Bondhusvatnet, you soon turn left following signs to Fonnabu. The hour climb finishing with 18 switchbacks (don’t start counting until after the big rock information board and water tank) is a bit of a trudge on a wide grass and stone bridal track through trees with occasional glimpses of the blue lake below and the high mountains above - just get it done. Life improves when you reach the lovingly maintained holiday huts. 10 minutes more and over the lip to your first wow moment. Welcome to the high cirques of alpine rock gardens, tarns and waterfalls. From here the gradient and scenery is much more varied. Climb out of the first cirque and then up and over into a tarn filled rocky basin before the final rock wall steps and clamber to Breidablikk hut. Rush over to the edge to see what you have come to see. It’s hard to resist ambling on to better and better views of the ice cap. Another 20 minutes along the rock ridge above the ice will get you to a view of Fonnabu hut, which is as far as I went, but you could easily continue on.
The trail is not tricky or muddy. I went in boots but would have been fine in off road runners. Take your usual extra layers, food and drink. There are animals about so be cautious drinking from streams. The trail is well marked with red T’s. At an unsigned fork soon after the tarn just above the holiday huts, I went right and that worked.
Your main weather wish is for clear tops. I started in cloud down to 100 m but could see glimpses of the tops, so forged on with crossed fingers and was lucky.
yr.no does a good forecast. The precitation/cloud option on the map (kart) page is particularly useful - the darker the cloud, the lower and thicker it is.
I enjoyed this more than Besseggen (Jotunheimen) or Romsdalseggen (Andalsnes) even though they are both also excellent.
Written July 24, 2018
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Arecni305
Miami, FL46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We had an adventurous day on a private guided glacier walk. Our guide Joakim was very friendly and cautious. We were able to walk into several ice tunnels and climb our. You need to be in decent physical shape since there is much inclined walking and some climbing. Bring water and lunch. Very lucky that we visited on a sunny cloudless day. Drive up is slightly strenuous since most of it is one way with drops on the sides and very few pullouts. Highly recommend as a fun adventure.
Written August 18, 2019
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savvyea
Houston, TX99 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
We went to Bondhus for an amazing hike at Folgefonna National Park. We did the hike that goes to the lake. The hike was quite easy and took about 30 minutes. Our group didn't have regular hikers and yet we enjoyed the walk. Beautiful location with plenty of places to take great family pics. Attached are some pictures that I took.
Written July 25, 2019
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southofoz
Tasmania64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
We enjoyed the walk to the Bondhusdalen lake even though or maybe especially because it was raining and we didn't meet a single person. Beautiful countryside. With better weather and more time at hand we would have continued the walk / hike.
We also enjoyed the drive from Jondal to the Fonna Ski Resort, but to be honest the name resort is a bit far fetched... There was not much up there - a single toilet in a tiny café and because we were not skiing we were not able to get actually onto the glacier. There is a road toll on the way up of 100 NOK. There is a public bus service going to the resort from mid June to mid August leaving from Jondal. The road up is very narrow with steep drops and no guards... Welcome to Norway! Plan enough time to get from A to B and check vegvesen.no for current traffic situation / closed roads.
Written October 16, 2018
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Eesha G
Melbourne, Australia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We visited the glacier as a day trip from Bergen, 930 line goes straight to Jondal from where our guide Michael picked us up. He was very polite,patient and informative to all the members of the group. If you are physically fit and the weather allows then it is a must do. We were very luck to get a beautiful sunny weather with no rain. Check with the official national park office before planning the trip.
Written September 18, 2017
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Sonja C
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I have many places and seen everything from Sienna to the Grand Canyon. But, coming home and seeing the quiet beauty of Norway never stops to astonish me.

Folgefonna is one of the places of spectacular nature that has made my top 5 here in Norway, together with Besseggen, Hardangerviddaen and Lofoten. If you like rugged high mountain terrain and are not afraid on narrow roads this is worth visiting, especially with the added benefits traveling over a deep blue fjord and ending the journey at a glacier. There are not many places you can get all of that in a short trip.

If you love to ski you can do that on the glacier all summer, and you can drive all the way up. Our son did summer camp up there and had a lot of fun. If it's not a lot slopes, but the snow was great.
Written July 2, 2016
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Lilian P
Sao Paulo, SP14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The ride to Folgefonna is amazing, the view is breathtaking and the ski station is a cozy place to relax while you eat a Freya chocolate and drink a hot coffee.
But beware: when norwegians say "medium difficulty" they usualy mean a hard punishing snow experience with vertical climbing on the blue ice.
Written March 8, 2015
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