The most famous Glaciers in the Arctic Circle is Okstindan and Svartisen.
In winter it can fall more than 10 meters of snow in the Arctic Circle
area of Norway. You can take part in snow- and glacier activities all
year around, and we have several wintersport arenas of top class. Mo i Rana has fostered both World Champions and Olympic Champions through the years.
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.
The Svartisen glacier is divided in to two separate glaciers:
The West Ice and The East Ice. The Western valley,
that separates the two glaciers, became free of ice just a short while
ago. the glacier landscape consists of river plains with sand and clay
remains that´s under continous change by the glacier rivers. In some
glacier lakes you can be witness to the glaciers calve in to the lake.
Svartisen Glacier is the great tourist attraction of Saltfjellet National Park is the Svartisen (Black Ice)
glacier, the largest icefield in northern Scandinavia, extending
westwards to the coastal fjords. For the most part the plateau lies
between 1,200 metres, 900 ft and 1.400 metres, 600 ft, with individual
peaks rising above this, including Snetind (1.599 metres, 246 ft),
Sniptind (1.591 metres, 220 ft) and Istind (1.577 metres, 174 ft). The
best access from the south is by way of Mo i Rana and from there northwest to Svartishytta or Melfjorden. Both roads end at the foot of an offshoot of the Svartisen glacier.
Okstindan, also said to be the roof of Northern Norway. The Okstindan
massive can give you many and exciting adventure in a mountain range
filled with contrasts. The scenery changes from sharp peaks, to glacier
arms and calm valleys. The weather can change extremely fast in these
areas. But no matter what the weather is like, you can enjoy a
beautiful and majestic, and sometimes difficult to access, mountain
scenery. Here you can climb Northern Norway´s highest mountain, Oksskolten (the Oxe´s head), 1.916 metres above sea level, play in the ice cracks or hike pleasantly through the Speltfjell valley towards the Gressvatn cabin.
does this area excite so much? Well, an altitude similar to other
alpine areas in Norway. The peaks reaches up to about 1.900 meters
above sea level from the bottom of the valleys below at 400 - 700
meters above sea level. There is no mountains in the area that can
measure with this for miles and miles. With the peaks surrounding the
glacier plateau, you feel like you´re really on the top of the world.
The area invites you to combine airy hikes with climbing in blue ice.
Glacier walking on Okstindan or Svartisen with glacier arms that calves in glacier lakes give you a mighty impression. In the peak season you can reach the Svartisen glacier from the Svartisen valley by boat and a three km hike, through the Glom valley in between the two main glaciers, or from Melfjorden in the magnificent and breathtaking Nordfjorden.
walking is an incredible experience, but it also demands alertness,
knowledge and equipment. Glaciers are constantly moving. Deep crevasses
and gorges can reveal ancient secrets, but they are also dangerous.
Guarantee your safety by using authorised instructors, and never
venture out onto or near a glacier on your own.