I visited the Svartisen Glacier at the beginning of July 2013 with a group. Our visit started with crossing a lake with a boat that regularly takes visitors across the lake and also takes them back. For the adults the back and forth trip with the boat cost 150 NOK. Hundred years ago the glacier reached to the lake but the glacier has retreated a lot and therefore one has to hike to see it. Already from the distance one can see a big and impressive waterfall across the lake. The water comes from the glacier. The track to the glacier is clearly marked with red flags. It passes the waterfall and offers very nice views. The track starts with quite steep rise followed by a plateau of layered and colorful rocks. At the end you reach to the second lake where you can see the glacier from the distance. The hike to the second lake and back takes 2.5-3 hours to complete if you do not run and take time to enjoy the surroundings. The nature around you is very beautiful. However, there are steps and loose rocks on the track so you must be careful not to stumble. Good walking shoes are required and better to move with a group to help each other if needed. Physically the track is not difficult - the biggest effort is to walk carefully, search the best path, and keep your balance on this rugged terrain. I guess the track could be quite dangerous on a rainy day. During our visit it was dry. In conclusion – the place offers fresh air, little bit physical exercise, and very beautiful nature. I highly recommend the place on a dry day!
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