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The Norwegian Glacier Museum offers entertainment and education for the whole family. The Norwegian Glacier Museum is a official visitor centre of the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

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Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park is a landscape shaped by ice and water.

Jostedalsbreen National Park

Map showing the 37 named outlet glaciers from Jostedalsbreen. The map is from the book 'Norske isbreer' by Orheim, O. 2009.

Jostedalsbreen National Park is a landscape shaped by ice and water. The National Park was established by Royal Decree on 25 October 1991. It covers 1315 sq. km, half the area is glacier covered, and 90 % is above 800 m elevation. The Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier on the European Continent with an area of 474 km² (183 sq. miles).

The purposes behind establishing the National Park were:

  • to protect a large, varied glacier area with associated fauna, flora and geology
  • to permit enjoyment of nature not dependent upon technical facilities
  • to protect our cultural heritage

Facts about the Jostedalsbreen ice cap

Area: 474 km² (183 sq. miles)
Length: 60 km (37 miles)
Highest elevation: 1957 m asl. (Høgste Breakulen)
Lowest elevation: 60 m asl. (the foot of the glacier Supphellebreen)
Maximum thickness: 571 m
Greatest snowdepth measured: 12 m
Total erosion of rock material: 400 000 tons/year
Glacier volume: 73 km³ (95 • 10  cu.yd)
Fresh water equivalent: 73 • 10¹² litres (16 • 10¹² gal.) = 300 thousand millions bathtubs of  water or the water consumption in Norway for 100 years