Introducing Jostedalsbreen & Nigardsbreen
The Jostedalen valley pokes due north from Gaupne, on the shores of Lustrafjord. This slim finger sits between two national parks: long established Jostedalsbreen on the west side and, to its east, Breheimen national park, Norway's newest, recognised in 2009. It's a spectacular drive as the road runs beside the milky turquoise river, tumbling beneath the eastern flank of the Nigardsbreen glacier.
Of the Jostedalsbreen glacier tongues visible from below, Nigardsbreen is the most dramatic and easy to approach. There are several walks in its vicinity that families can undertake. If you're an experienced walker and fancy communing alone with (but not on) the ice, nip further up the road past the braided glacial streams at Fåbergstølsgrandane to the dam that creates the big glacial lake, Styggevatnet. Along the way you'll find several scenic glacial tongues and valleys offering excellent wild hiking.