Svartisen consists of two large glaciers, Vestisen and Østisen, separated by the Vesterdalen valley. The glaciers are located in the Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park in central Norway, around the Arctic Circle and north of the city of Mo i Rana. Vestisen has an area of 221 km² and Østisen 148 km². The maximum ice depth is 600m and the average height of the glaciers is 1500m, although some glacier tongues extend considerably down into the valleys. The Engabreen tongue extends down to 20m above sea level, making Svartisen the lowest lying glacier in mainland Europe.
How to get to the Svartisen glacier
There is a road leading to the Svartisvatnet lake. From there visitors can either take the ferry across the lake, or walk for 5km to the other end of the lake. From there, an easy trail allows visitors to reach the Svartisen glacier in about 40-45 minutes.
Accommodation
There is no accomodation right next to the Svartisen glacier. The neareast hotels are in the city of Mo i Rana, or elsewhere in the Saltfjellet-Svartisen national park, for instance in Storforshei.
01 Rovassaga river 02 Svartisvatnet ferry boat 03 Svartisvatnet lake 04 Svartisvatnet ticket kiosk
05 Trees near Svartisvatnet lake 06 Svartisvatnet lake 07 Svartisvatnet lake 08 Svartisvatnet car parking
09 Svartisvatnet ferry pier 10 Svartisvatnet ferry boat 11 Svartisvatnet lake 12 Tourists waiting for Svartisvatnet ferry
13 Svartisvatnet lakeshore 14 Svartisvatnet lakeshore 15 Forest 16 Inside the Svartisvatnet ferry 17 Svartisvatnet waterfall
18 Svartisvatnet waterfall 19 Svartisvatnet waterfall 20 Svartisvatnet lake 21 Svartisvatnet waterfall 22 Svartisvatnet waterfall
23 Svartisvatnet lakeshore 24 Tourists on trail to glacier 25 Tourists on trail to glacier 26 Tourists on trail to glacier 27 Svartisvatnet waterfall
28 Svartisvatnet waterfall 29 Svartisvatnet waterfall 30 Trail from Svartisvatnet lake to glacier 31 Trail from Svartisvatnet lake to glacier
32 Trail from Svartisvatnet lake to glacier 33 Trail from Svartisvatnet lake to glacier 34 Trail from Svartisvatnet lake to glacier 35 Rocky landscape near Svartisen glacier
36 Rocky landscape near Svartisen glacier 37 Rocky landscape near Svartisen glacier
38 Rocky landscape near Svartisen glacier 39 Austerdalsvatnet lake 40 Austerdalsvatnet lake
41 View towards Svartisen glacier 42 Austerdalsvatnet lake 43 Svartisen glacier 44 Svartisen glacier
45 Svartisen glacier 46 Svartisen glacier 47 Svartisen glacier
48 Svartisen glacier 49 Austerdalsvatnet lake
50 Svartisen glacier 51 View towards Svartisen glacier 52 Svartisen glacier
53 Svartisen glacier 54 Svartisen glacier 55 Svartisen glacier
56 Svartisen glacier 57 Svartisen glacier 58 Svartisen glacier 59 Svartisen glacier
60 Austerdalsvatnet lake 61 Path over the rocks to Svartisvatnet lake 62 Path over the rocks to Svartisvatnet lake
63 Path over the rocks to Svartisvatnet lake 64 Svartisvatnet lake 65 Svartisvatnet waterfall 66 Svartisvatnet waterfall
67 Path to Svartisvatnet lake 68 Svartisvatnet lake 69 Svartisvatnet ferry boat 70 Svartisvatnet lakeshore
71 Svartisvatnet lakeshore 72 Waterfall
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