Svartisen, Norway

Svartisen is a collective term for two glaciers located in northern Norway. The system consists of two separate glaciers, Vestre (western) Svartisen (221 km²), which is the second largest glacier on the Norwegian mainland after Jostedalsbreen, and Østre (eastern) Svartisen (148 km²), which is the country's fourth largest.

There are also a number of minor glaciers in the area, such as Glombreen in the northern part of Meløy, and Simlebreen in Beiarn. One of the extensions of Svartisen, Engabreen ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 20 meters above sea level (in 2007). Svartisen is part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen national park, located in the Saltfjell mountain range.

Things to See & Do

* Vestre Svartisen glacier
* Ostre Svartisen glacier
* Saltfjellet-Svartisen national park
* Glombreen – minor glacier
* Simlebreen – Beiarn

General information

Cruise Season – Feb - Dec
Currency - Norwegian krone (NOK)
Language – Norwegian
Land Area – 369 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 47

Port Location – The dock is located about 1km from the town of Brestua. A bus or rental bike are available.

Transport Links – Svartisen can be accessed from Mo i Rana which is 40km. Travel to Mo i Rana by train. You take Nordlandsbanen railroad) from Trondheim to Mo i Rana. The tour takes from 6-8 hours. Trains leave and arrive several times a day, but only two a day come all the way from Trondheim (a day train and a night train).

Mo i Rana Airport, Røssvoll is a regional airport serving Mo i Rana in Nordland, Norway. The airport is served by Widerøe with Dash 8 aircraft connecting the community to Bodø, Trondheim and other communities in Nordland and Nord-Trøndelag. The routes are operated on public service obligation with the Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communication.

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