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LJ A
Congresbury, UK147 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We paid 150NOK to stay in the car park. We followed well signed posted trail. A 3km hike to the base of the glacier. The climb was strenuous but we are not fit. Saw families with young children (including mother’s carrying infants) and dogs taking the hike in their stride. No toilets on route. It was a warm day but the wind blowing off glacier made the breeze feel like aircon. There are lots of sections where you have to use a rope to pull yourself up over rocks. Definitely recommend if you like stunning views.
Written August 15, 2020
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AnneOslo2013
Oslo, Norway32 contributions
Jul 2020
It feels good to reach the top after a varied hiking following the river. The path is very good marked, and it starts walking through a farm with cows. After a few minutes you walk into the wood and the the path easily climbs upwards. Further up you cross some rivers and then it gets steeper. But not scary. It is 3 km totally, and really worth it reaching the top. After a snack on the top watching the glacier and the view you climb down again. You should at least set aside three hours for this trips
Written July 18, 2020
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yl40500
Even Yehuda, Israel14 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Followed Nigel P's recommendation (https://www.tripadvisor.co.il/ShowUserReviews-g1096319-d2302149-r395591052-Buarbreen-Odda_Hardanger_Hordaland_Western_Norway.html#REVIEWS) and went there in a partially rainy weather.
The hike is 3-4 hours long depending on personal pace. Prepare to use the ropes to climb and descend especially in wet weather.
Not crowded which is definitely an advantage. The weather is tricky and changed a few times. A behaviour which is usually a characteristic of higher mountains. We had pouring rain near theglacier which was a drawback. Still the view and the waterfalls did it.
Wear rain resistant clothes, and especially water resistant hiking boots. On the way down watch for slippery rocks and muddy trail.
Written July 31, 2016
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Enyedy00
Seattle, WA565 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
To reach the trailhead of the Buerbreen glacier hike, you have to drive up a narrow one lane road. It seemed like an unused road, narrow and bumpy and foliage all around - we didn't meet anyone driving in the other direction, and then we got to the parking lot, which is paved and quite large and it was full of vehicles. Buarbreen glacier hike isn't so remote after all!

Sharing this trail with lots of other tourists is fine. We only did the hike up to the glacier, you can go out with a guide and actually walk on the ice, but we did not take that option.

There is one short section along the river where previous hikers have made hundreds of small cairns with all the stones on the bank. Make your own cairn! I simply added a few rocks to the top of an already existing mound.

There is more climbing than I expected on this hike. The contour map shows the trail runing right alongside the stream which is formed by the melting ice, so I assumed that a river trail would be mostly flat. But its not flat. The water comes splashing and tumbling down the rocks and sends up a lot of spray. There is a lot of water melting off of the ice.

The uphill sections require climbing over boulders. Because we had a nice day, the rocks were not slick and there wasn't much trouble for us going up and back. Our total time on this excursion was about 3 to 4 hours. In many (perhaps a total of 20 sections?) of the boulder sections there are big thick ropes anchored for you to hold onto as you climb. I imagine on a wet day, when the rocks are slippery, that these ropes are useful, but on a dry day you can mostly just walk up the rocks on your own. However, the ropes are fun because we posed for photographs, holding the ropes and trying appear like we were dramatically climbing (it helps to tilt the camera a little to make the climb look steeper)

You will want your camera at the end of the trail. The glacial ice is blue and looms above you. A good place for a picnic lunch.

On our way back down, we gave a lift to some hikers who had walked all the way up from the campground. Now that's a hike!
Written October 22, 2014
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marcus_uk2008
London, UK56 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
At first you wonder if you are in the right place, following a small road past houses, then on up through the forest on a narrow road with no indication of going the right way. Suddenly you come into a car park full of cars and hikers! Easy parking and a WC before the hike. Then it's a hard hike up to the stunning glacier. There's a fair bit of clambering over rocks, and pulling yourself up (and lowering yourself down) on ropes. The hike is relatively short though (an hour up for us) so it's a good balance. Recommended a a great hike to warm you up for Trolltunga. 150kr (pay by credit card) for the car park.
Written September 18, 2017
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phil_travel_europe
Zurich46 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
This hike (4h return) takes you close to the glacier and offers nice views. The best thing in my eyes is the path up - it passes several small bridges and climbs a lock of rocks (ropes help on every more difficult section). Great advanture walk with elder children!
Written August 25, 2016
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Nigel P
12 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Well this restored my faith in Norway aftercare Trolltunga experience. Despite rainy grey weather, it was a fantastic walk. The going is quite hard underfoot and certainly decent walking boots are needed. Walking poles are useful on the way down. Higher up there are fixed ropes and one simple 45 degree ladder. Helpful on the way up and essential on the way down. The views of the glacier and the water coming off it are great. I would recommend as an afternoon walk. Also for those geologists amongst you some very good banded gneiss and excellent rock smoothing and striations from the most recent glaciation.
Written July 22, 2016
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jan1988
Ostrava, Czech Republic124 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
A great and reasonably challenging hike involving ropes, crossing of wild creeks and climbing. One of the best hikes I have experienced in Norway. You will need a good hiking boots and warm clothes (well you are heading to the glacier, aren´t you...). This hike can be dangerous, rocks are slippery and you have to have a strong hands (as I have mentioned before - climbing is involved). The time is about 2h up and 2h down.

But the view is amazing and you will have a great feeling of achievement, when you will arrive near the glacier. Do not visit the glacier itself without certified guide, it is very dangerous, as the glacier is still moving!
Written July 11, 2013
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lroy89
Oslo, Norway147 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Short drive from Odda, about 15 min. The first 5 min of the 1,5 hours estimated time (one way) is flat, after that you walk in fairly steep terrain. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, and there are ropes on the steepest parts. You should wear desent hiking boots, and don't bring dogs you can't carry (we met a lady who had to stop halfay up because she couldnt get the dog up some of the parts of the trail)
Written July 9, 2019
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Steven R
Rye, Australia1,306 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
I just finished the hike today October 15th while it was raining.It was very wet and slippery but the ropes made the impossible possible.I am 69 yrs old and got up in 2hrs and down in 1 and a half hours.I enjoyed the trip in wet conditions so any other condition should also be enjoyable.The gate to the carpark has been left open and no money collector there so free parking at the moment.Definately worthwhile but do it early so that you are not coming down in the dark..
Written October 15, 2017
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