Briksdal is a scenic wonderland that simply must be shared with others. At centre stage the magnificent Briksdal Glacier, surrounded by towering mountainsides, cascading waterfall and river, and luxuriant flora.

Jostedal Glacier National Park

Briksdal Glacier is an arm of the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European continent – protected as a national park. The ice colossus is spread over 486 km² and at its deepest point measures 400 m. The highest point is 1950 m.a.s.


Powerful rushing glacier rivers

Gytrifossen, Nelkjifossen, Yrifossen, Kvamsfossen, Rustøyfossen, Høgalmefossen, Volefossen, Svadåna, Briksdalsfossen and Tjøtabreelva. Rushing rivers tumble in a passionate dance towards the open sea; it’s as if the water has no time to spare after hundreds of years confined as ice.      


On foot or by Troll car? 

At the foot of Briksdal Glacier is a small lake (346 m.a.s.). The glacier is easily reached from Briksdalsbre Mountain Lodge (Fjellstove) by following the 2.5 km road/trail along the river on foot or in a “Troll car”. 


Of the three short fjord arms furthest in the Nordfjord, the southernmost arm ends in the picturesque village of Olden. From here the road follows the shores of Olden Lake around 20 km up to Briksdal amidst a backdrop of mountains topped by glacial caps, and cascading waterfalls.


Olden Valley; a scenic gem

For more than a century Olden and Olden Valley has been host to thousands of visitors, drawn here by the spectacular scenery. Majestic glacier-topped mountains tower over the valley and glistening waters of the lake below. Hardly surprising this is regarded as one of Norway’s most beautiful destinations.   

Tourists in Briksdal since the 19th century

The first tourists began arriving at the close of the 19th century. They were English, often affluent aristocrats who had plenty of time on their hands. From their “floating hotels” anchored in Olden bay they ventured up the valley to see the spectacular glacier.

The northern playground

The British often call Norway “the northern playground”, and were fascinated by the magnificent mountains and glaciers. Briksdal Glacier, at the end of Olden Valley, was – as it is today – the big attraction for tourists.