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Norwegian Glacier Museum

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Address: Fjaerland, 6848, Norway
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+47 57 69 32 88

The Norwegian Glacier Museum opened in 1991, and is an award-winning...

The Norwegian Glacier Museum opened in 1991, and is an award-winning hands-on museum, situated in Fjaerland at the head of the Fjaerlandsfjord. The museum is the leading centre in Norway for dissemination of knowledge with regard to glaciers and climate. In an entertaining and exciting manner, you will get answers to questions like ‘Why is glacier ice blue?’, ‘Why is the fjord green?’ and ‘How were the fjords formed?’. You can even perform your own experiments with 1000 year old ice from the nearby glacier Supphellebreen. Do not miss Ivo Caprino’s unique and staggering panoramic film from the glacier Jostedalsbreen – the largest glacier on mainland Europe. Another must is the experience exhibition abouft climate and climate changes. opened in June 2007. The glacier Jostedalsbreen and its surroundings is a National Park and the museum is an information centre forthe park. The museum was designed by Professor of architecture, Sverre Fehn, receiver of the 1997 Pritzker award - the highest international award an architect can get. The building has received several awards, including the highest Norwegian award for architecture. All exhibitions have been adapted for the disabled. The museum is a private non-profit foundation established by the International Glaciological Society, different Norwegian research institutions and the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association. H.M. Queen Sonja opened the museum in 1991, and since then more than 1,2 million persons have visited the museum .

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The museum is a very special experience. It is filled with information and interesting activities suitable for both young and old guests. The building itself is a unique... read more

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Hokksund, Norway
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Hokksund, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is a very special experience. It is filled with information and interesting activities suitable for both young and old guests. The building itself is a unique masterpiece. From the roof you can enjoy a spectacular view of the glaciers and the surrounding landscape.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

It sounds as if it could be boring - far from it. Plenty of information and hands-on things to try. Very well thought out.

Thank Peter S
West Palm Beach
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Glad we visited the museum to get to understand what mother nature's role plays on these magnificent glaciers. I loved the movie and the different exhibitions. Visit the roof for beautiful views!

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

A hands-on museum about ice, glaciers, landscape and climate. You can do your own experiments with 1000 year old ice from the Jostedalsbreen glacier. There is an excellent panoramic film shot above different glaciers.

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Holon, Israel
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is very compact but full of surprises (try the rest room). "Douze points" for making long story short out of the whole thing without living any detail out. Very recommended!!!

Thank udiz1970
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The glacier museum is fantastic, we stopped here after spending a morning getting damp as we made our way north from Flam. The museum tells you all about the jostelbreen glacier (largest in mainland Europe) which sits just to the north of it with a nice movie (although it is a little dated) being September we were pretty much the... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Wasn't sure what to expect when the coach stopped at the Glacier Museum. Small facility, but filled with very good exhibits about the glaciers in Norway ... including the nearby Jostedal Glacier. Ooh .... there's a great big polar bear for pictures to send home.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and interactive exhibits. Most beautiful panoramic movie. Both us and our children enjoyed it very much.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

A great place to visit with lots of good displays and photos. Easy to get around and the short film gives you a insight into the lovely scenery and glaciers around, especially if you cannot get there in person.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

This museum is small but packed with exhibits, a lot of which are habds on. Our daughter loved the science experiments using real glacier ice and there is a film show and a timeline both worth seeing.The staff were enthusiastic about their subject and very helpful to foreigners. A bonus is the nearby views of glaciers even on an overcast... More 

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