Svartisen — Austerdalsisen
Svartisen, with its 370 square kilometers, is the second largest glacier in Norway.
The glacier has 60 tongues. The most accessible of these are "Austerdalsisen" and "Engabreen". Austerdalsisen is inland in Rana, while Engabreen is in Meløy by the coast.
This web page is about Austerdalsisen. For information about Engabreen, visit this web page.
The boat to Svartisen
The boat "Svartisbåten" has daily deptartures across the lake, starting from mid June and ending in late August.
The route to Svartisen
Ahoy there! Boat driver Nils Lomahaug brings you on a 20 minute trip across the Svartisvatnet lake. The boats sails in a calm, comfortable fashion. After the boat arrives at the other side, there are 3 km of hiking left until you arrive at the glacier.
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Start of the season
Because of the cold emnating from the glacier, summer comes late to the surrounding area. In fact, most years, the lake is still covered by a layer of winter ice at beginning of June. Boat trips start once all ice has melted. Usually by mid June, or by June 20 at latest.
What to wear
The 3 km hiking path, starting after the boat and ending by the glacier, has some steep and slippery parts (especially during rainy weather). Good hiking shoes with non-slip soles is therefore highly recommended. Because of cold wind emnating from the glacier, it is also recommended to bring a warm, windproof jacket. Make sure to check the weather forecast on beforehand.