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 Svartisen glacier

The Svartisen glacier is the second largest glacier in Norway. The Svartisen glacier is a park of Saltfjellet / Svartisen national park, wich is Norway´s most various national park. The Svartisen glacier is 375 square kilometer, an thereby covers quite a bit of land. The glacier stretches all the way from the widths in Saltfjellet mountain area, through beautifull valleys with calm rivers, and out to fjords and steep mountains at the coast. Location of the Svartisen glacier is: Saltdal, Rana, Rødøy, Meløy, Gildeskål, Beiarn and Bodø.

Svartisen consists of two separate glaciers, Vestre (western) Svartisen (221 km2), which is the second largest glacier on the Norwegian mainland 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 outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 20 meters above sea level. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate has monitored the glacier mass balance of the glacier since 1970 and operates a sub-glacial laboratory beneath Engabreen.

Svartisen is part of Saltfjellet-Svartisen national park, located in the Saltfjell mountain range. Holandsfjord where the glacier get closer to the sea than any other glacier in Europe. Water from the glacier is collected and used for hydropower production via runoff into the streams and lakes and through intakes borred beneath Engabreen.

Both the World´s most beautiful Tourist Road (Kystriksveien) the Coastal Route and the World´s Most Beautiful Voyage (Hurtigruten) the Coastal Steamer passes through a varying and inviting landscape.



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