Brixdailbreen Glacier
Norway, Olden

Brixdailbreen Glacier is located in the Jostedalsbrin National Park and is one of the languages of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe. Brixdalsbreen descends from a height of 1200 meters into the Brixdale Valley, to a small glacial lake located at an altitude of 346 meters above sea level. Over the 1000 years of existence, the glacier has changed its size several times. According to the observations of scientists, the glacier grew from 1900 to 1929, in 1934 - 1951 Brixdailbreen decreased by 800 meters, from 1967 to 1997 the ice again attacked and covered the entire lake. From 2000 to 2007, scientists recorded a decrease in the glacier, from 2007 to 2010 - growth, and again a decrease. The size of the Briksdalsbreen glacier depends on air temperature and rainfall. Due to the constant change and movement of ice masses, the likelihood of avalanches is high. The glacier is considered a dangerous place, and very close to it is not recommended. Due to the gradual melting of ice, an ice crack is heard here and there, and sometimes pieces or even huge ice blocks break off and fly down, breaking on stones. Despite the danger and the prohibition to approach the glacier, its incredible beauty attracts tourists from all over the world. The color of ice, depending on the weather, varies from light blue to dark blue. You can go to the glacier from the Briksdalsbre Fjellstove mountain lodge, on a 2.5 km long route, on foot or on Troll electric cars, as well as, accompanied by a guide, swim in large rubber boats along the lake, next to the place where the ice mass descends into the water.

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