Steindalsbreen Glacier Hiking Trail

Trek up the Steindalen valley to the base of a glacier

Essential info

  • Destination: Lyngen Alps
  • Season: July-October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 11.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 470 meters
  • Duration: 5-6 hours

About Steindalsbreen Glacier

Get up close to a glacier with thousands of years of history.

The trail is a moderate hike up through the Steindalen valley. The Steindalshytta cabin is located a bit over 2 kilometers into the hike.

Information signs about the flora and fauna, history, and local place names may be found along the path. Signs have also been erected near the glacier showing its recession year by year.

Do not walk onto the glacier unless you have relevant experience.

Getting there

The glacier is accessible from the eastern side of the Lyngen Alps.

The trailhead begins at the bottom of the valley by route 868 between Oteren and Lyngseidet. Follow the signs to “IMA Tursenter” and park by the Akselstua community hall.

Trail description

From the car park, follow the dirt road into the valley. The path leads uphill before it flattens out on the last section up to the Steindalshytta cabin. The cabin is about 2.2 kilometers from the beginning of the trail.

Continuing towards the Steindalsbreen glacier, the route is relatively flat until you reach the moraine ridge. From there, it becomes steep before flattening out again and arriving at the base of the glacier.


  • The glacier has front positions covering a period of more than 8,000 years. The oldest of these are in the lower valley, but completely new spires have started to appear up at the glacier.



Where to stay

It’s possible to stay at the Steindalshytta cabin in the valley. Find more information on Visit Lyngenfjord.


Questions or comments? Let us know.

By Visit Lyngenfjord

Visit Lyngenfjord is responsible for the promotion of tourism in the Lyngen region in Northern Norway.

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