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.
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.