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“A wonderful experience - but some cautions”

Briksdal Glacier (Briksdalbreen)
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Stryn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed August 19, 2013

First: This trip is not really about a glacier visit... when you get to the "glacier" there isn't much of one to see... just a small bit hanging over the edge of a cliff. But... that aside, this is a wonderful adventure and should be done. Just keep in mind that this is more about beautiful scenery in general and not so much about a glacier.

Getting here: we did a shore excursion from a cruise ship but, once there, we found that this was not necessary. There are many transportation options provided. The downsides of a cruise-provided excursion is it can be a bit more pricey and you have to go en masse and at their timing. So.. consider just getting a taxi as I saw others do. I talked to 4 individuals who got a taxi and was a bit envious of their choice.

The Walk: Can be very strenuous from the base where the lodge and shop is. I did it and loved the walk but it is lengthy and arduous. Don't take this walk if you are out of shape, have children in strollers, etc. It is about a 40 minute walk from the base each way and much of it is up hill or down hill.

The Shuttle: If the shuttles are running, I suggest that you take them. But there is a fee. Even with this option there is a noteworthy walk up to the end where the glacier lake and views of the tip of the glacier are. I would guess that the shuttle takes you about 2/3 of the total distance... not the whole way. The good news with this option is that the steep part is short and only at the beginning. After that it is fairly level.

The views: Oddly, some of the best views and scenery are found on the hike up... not necessarily at the trail end. You could just walk up above the main set of waterfalls and find some beautiful scenery without having to go all of the way to the end.

The lodge and shops: I was impressed with the quality and size of the café and adjoining shops. For some, just coming to this location and hanging around would be plenty enough. If you have a party with a mix of active and less-active individuals it works out fine to just let someone hang around the lodge while the others go up to the falls and glacier.

Toilets: Plenty and decent. Great toilets at the lodge and a semi-decent one at the place where the shuttle stops (about 2/3 of the way to the top).

The drive from Olden: Very worthwhile and plan on stopping several times along the way to enjoy the scenery.

The nearby town of Olden: Not much here... the drive up to Briksdal is, to me, the highlight of this area.

1  Thank Barry S
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We bought tickets at the cruise ship dock for the first trip up to the glacier. We had 6 of us on this tour. The drive up was amazing. Past beautiful lakes, numerous waterfalls, and wonderful scenery. When we arrived at the visitors center, the troll cars were not running so we decided to walk up and back. It was the right decision for us. It took us about 45 minutes to walk all the way to the glacier, we didn't stop too much. We had some time to enjoy the glacier before the crowds arrived, and boy, did they arrive. Lots of cruise ship passengers from the two ships that were docked, especially the QM2. We were glad to have gotten a very natural quiet walk. This trip should not be missed. If you want some exercise, take the walk. You won't regret it, but GO EARLY before it gets crowded. The tour company picked us up in 2 hours and wisked us quickly back to town.

2  Thank Scott H
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We took a few hours to visit the Glacier, taking the 40 minute or so local bus from Stryn (cost around 60 Krone) and left at 9:30am.

It was sad to see how much the glacier has retreated over the last few years, it was very small but it is still worth seeing.

The walk up to the glacier from the briksdal center takes around 20/30 minutes and is a pretty straight forward walk with a tidy path. It goes alongside some beautiful water, waterfalls and trees. There is a steady flow of other tourists, if you are fine walking, then DO NOT take the expensive troll cars, the walk is really nice and worth doing. The water at the foot of the glacier is lovely and it if you do find a nice moment it can be quite peaceful to sit and take it in.

Worth the trip to see, not only to see the glacier, but for a really nice area to walk through, with great landscape around.

Buses go back to Stryn at 1:30pm and 6:00pm, other buses go back to Olden and Loen.

3  Thank RichUK2013
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

When we arrived, we were told that the troll car hire had sold out and had to walk up to the glacier. The walk took roughly around 45mins which may sound time consuming but is actually a very scenic walk. I happened to love walking up and down the beautiful hills and despite the tiring effort, it was definitely worth the walk. When you arrive at the glacier, you immediately start to admire the beauty of Norway's fjords and glaciers. It was absolutely breathtaking!

1  Thank CarlosTsengOFFICIAL
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The glacier can be seen from the road from Olden, a strange translucent blue. There are various options to see the face and you can walk or take a tour by booking in the Lodge.

1  Thank Gossy-abroad
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