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Svartisen- glacier (The Black ice)

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

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If you are thinking of visiting Norway, you should definetly visit "Svart Isen glacier"

This majestic glacier is located in the municipalities of Beiarn, Meloy, Rana and Rodoy Nordland county in Norway. From Bodö you can take Kystriksveien (FV17) South, down the coast.

Svartisen is a collective term for two glaciers, separated by the 1 kilometre (0.62miles) long Vesterdalen valley. They are part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park, located in the Saltfjell Mountain range.

There is a boat shuttleservice over the Holand Fjord from the end of May until the beginning of September. The boat ride takes about 10 minutes, and the boat departs from Holandsvika right next to FV 17.

You take the boat over and when you get there you can either walk or rent a bycykle. The walk from the boat to the glacier is 3 km (6km roundtrip) so a bike is not a bad idea.

Price for round-trip

Adults NOK 200.00

Children NOK 100.00 (10-16 years old)

Group. over 20 persons NOK 170.00

Bike rentals NOK 65.00

Up to 3 hours NOK 80.00

Over 3 hours

Non-scheduled extra trip NOK 250.00 + ticket minimum price per trip (applies to the period 24 May – 1 September)

* Other *Extra trips available after 2.September per advance reservation only.

We accept payment using most major credit cards and cash in Norwegian currency.

When you get there and walk about 1.5km you get to Brestua, a restaurant and motel.


You follow the road to the mountain and then the path.

There are chaines to hold onto for safety.

It is steep …

Especially if you are afraid of heights … like me.

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