Ski across the Hardanger Glacier on this round-trip adventure from Finse 1222
- Destination: Finse
- Season: February–May
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 22.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 660 meters
- Duration: 5–7 hours
The 25-kilometer ski route takes you from Finse 1222 up and across the glacier, Hardangerjøkulen, and is an exciting challenge for everyone visiting the Finse region. The Hardangerjøkul is located south of Finse and is the 6th largest glacier in Norway. The best and safest time to experience the Jøkulrunden adventure is on a calm winter day. This adventure is suited for relatively experienced outdoorsmen and women.
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The following route is taking you in the clockwise direction of Jøkulrunden.
From Finse 1222, head south following the signs towards “Jøkulhytta” and “Hardangerjøkulen”. About 4 kilometers into the route, you will reach the first cabin, Appelsinhytta. This is a great place to take a break before starting the steep, 2-kilometer climb to the next cabin, Jøkulhytta. You will enter the glacier during this steep section of the adventure.
After Jøkulhytta, continue in the southwestern direction. Soon, the trail will start heading west towards the highest point of the glacier at 1863 meters above sea level (6,112 feet). Once you reach the peak, the next 3 kilometers of the glacier crossing will be relatively flat. At the 14-kilometer mark, you will start heading northeast and downhill, off of the glacier. The final 3 kilometers of the adventure will be over the frozen lake, Finsevatnet, taking you back to where you started, Finse 1222.
- Always bring a compass and an additional map for safety precaution.
- It is recommended to use “fjellski” (mountain skis) on this adventure. These skis have steel edges which make it easy to get a good grip on the snow and cross the glacier safely.
- The route across the glacier will be marked with sticks.
- Be aware of the weather forecast and do not cross the glacier on bad weather or windy days as it will be difficult to follow the route and see the sticks. The wind is very often stronger at the top of the glacier than at the beginning of the route near Finse 1222.
- It is recommended to wear the appropriate clothing as well as bring additional gear in case of sudden weather changes, which can happen in the mountains. Read about What to Pack for a One-Day Ski Trip to be well prepared.
- Hardangerjøkulen is the 6th largest glacier in Norway. The highest point is 1863 meters above sea level.
- Public toilets are found at Finse 1222. Neither Appelsinhytta nor Jøkulhytta have toilets.
- You are able to buy food at Finse 1222’s restaurant or grocery store. It is only possible to purchase food at the cabins, Appelsinhytta and Jokulhytta, at Easter and 17th of May. To be certain, ask the front desk at Finse 1222 about the cabin service times.
- Outdoor adventure equipment can be rented at Finse 1222. You can learn more about pricing and availability here.
Where to stay
Finse 1222 - Located in the midst of the Hardanger mountain range and easily accessible via train from both Bergen and Oslo. Finse 1222 is the perfect place to stay for all of your summer and winter adventures.
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