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Tungestølen-Austerdalsbreen


Facilities

Classification

National standard


Distance

Length in km (6)


Duration

4 hours (total walking time)


Grading

Medium


Nature and terrain

Glacier, Light, National park, River, Small path, Total ascent (170 m.)


Season

August, July, June, September


Contact
Address:
Veitastrond
6878 Veitastrond

Phone57671400
E-mailinfo@sognefjord.no


Description

The starting point for the walk is Tungestølen, farthest up the Veitastrond valley. The path begins just over the bridge and is well marked and easy to find. It continues along the west side of the Austerdal river, right up to the glacier. It is level going all the way, with some short, sharp climbs from time to time. As is always the case with glaciers, one must be extremely cautious and not go too close to the glacier. Icefalls and "calving" can occur without warning. Keep your distance! There is little or no vegetation near the foot of the glacier. Moraine ridges, gravel, rock, and here and there green grass, dominate the landscape.

The mountain history books tell us that two of the great Jostedalsbreen pioneers, Kristian Bing and William Slingsby, discovered this very glacier arm. It was Kristian Bing who built the cairn on the ridge between Lokebreen and Torsbreen which later came to be called the Hvitesteinsvarden (White-stone Cairn) because he placed a white quartz rock on the top of it.

Map (turkart): Jostedalsbreen 1:100 000


Contact details

Visit Sognefjord AS

Trolladalen 30

6856 Sogndal, Norway

+47 57 67 14 00 - Mail: info@sognefjord.no

Sognefjord area includes the municipalities Aurland, Balestrand, Høyanger, Leikanger, Luster, Lærdal, Sogndal, Vik og Årdal.

During the summer season there are many open tourist information offices in the Sognefjord area, where you can buy tickets for roundtrips and activities, get information on what to do, what to see, what is on, where to stay, how to get around and much more.

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