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The Svartisen Glacier Austerdalsisen
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Owner description: Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen, stretches over 370 km2 and has a full 60 glacier arms. One of the most famous glacial arms is Austerdalsisen in Rana Municipality. To reach the glacier arm, you may take a 20-minute boat trip over Svartisvatnet, followed by a 3 km hike to Austerdalsisen. You can experience this exciting landscape, which was covered by the glacier just a few decades ago. Austerdalsisen deposits crevassed ice into the water and ice cold glacial rivers. It is a majestic sight. The boat across Svartisvatnet only operates during the summer season. Please contact Polarsirkelen Reiseliv for boat schedules: Phone + 47 75 13 92 00
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

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!

Visited July 2013
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excursion from Hurtigruten that you can avoid”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

This excursion takes the whole day and the glacier is beautiful but if you are on the Hurtigruten near Bodo, you've probably already seen some pretty beautiful places along the way. We enjoyed the day but in hindsight, I don't think I would do it again. The Norwegian cakes they served were yummy and the Glacier drink with the glacier ice was a cool thing to do but when compared with how much it costs, it can easily be missed. The highlight of the trip was seeing sea otters on the way, frolicking about the rocks in the middle of the sea. Very cute.

Visited June 2013
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“Lousy experience, never again.”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

We booked this excursion in connection with our Hurtigruten trip during June 2013. we paid $ 260 per person for the excursion, absolutely inadequate for this event. We startet with a kind of speed boat from our Hurtigruten ship in Oernes, after 3 quarters of 1 hour we reached a little harbor, from their either per bus (5 minutes ride) or walking (15-20) we reached a little lake at the end of arm of the glacier. The glacier itself was about 1little lake at the end of arm of the glacier. The glacier itself was about 1kilometer away. That's it. I forgot to mention that coffe e and tea with some cakes have been offered complimentary! After 1 hour back to the speed boat and a 3 hours ride back to our Hurtigruten ship, which was waiting for us in Bodoe. Don't book this excursion

Visited June 2013
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